Omah Lay, the popular Nigerian singer, has opened up about his difficult upbringing, revealing that he grew up among “criminals”.
In a recent interview with H Steph, the “Understand” crooner shared details about his childhood struggles and how they influenced his music career.
Omah Lay, whose real name is Stanley Omah Didia, hails from Port Harcourt and spent his formative years in the Marine Base neighborhood.
News About Nigeria understands that this area was known for its rough reputation and high crime rates, and the singer admitted that he had to navigate a challenging environment during his childhood.
Despite these obstacles, Omah Lay persevered and used his experiences to fuel his passion for music.
He went on to become one of Nigeria’s most popular and acclaimed artists, with hit songs like “so so”, “Bad Influence”, “Ye Ye Ye” and the like.
“I grew up among criminals at the Marine Base. And if you know that place well, you’ll know that it was not a place where people used to go out when I was growing up. I grew up around criminals and thugs, and illegal pipeline businesses and stuff like that. It was a lot of trouble for me. I mean, it is part of the thing that has made me what I am today,” he said.
“Port Harcourt is just like me. I am Port Harcourt from the way I talk and act. It’s a rough and beautiful city. Everything is raw in Port Harcourt. You can tell that I am raw. The talents are raw. It’s real life in Port Harcourt. I am just like a 100 percent representation of Port Harcourt,” he added.