Sensational Afrobeats star, Stanley Omah Didia, better known as Omah Lay, opened up about his harrowing experience with depression, acknowledging that he once contemplated taking his own life.
In a recent interview with H Steph, he shed light on his mental health struggles and how he channelled those pains into his music.
During the interview, Omah Lay disclosed that he found himself in an incredibly difficult place, consumed by despair, and seriously considering suicide as a means to end his suffering once and for all.
The depths of his despair were profound, yet he emphasized that his journey through that dark period was crucial. He also admitted the importance of his personal experience, as it allows him to connect with others who are battling depression and extend a helping hand to them.
In his words:
“I was at the verge of…I was suicidal, mahn. Trust me, I was really fcked up. But I think I have to be there to actually help the people who are there right now to get out of that place.
I mean it will take a real person like me to go there and then make music out of it and talk about it so openly how I’m a mess, how I think and how I’m fcked up and everything.
“I’m not sure you will find afrobeats artists who do that right now. Everybody is out there saying afrobeats are not so deep, ‘afrobeats are just vibes and sh*t’. Nah. That’s why everybody is just doing hype. The real music is dying.”