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    I did illegal oil bunkering to survive after losing my dad at 12 – Omah Lay

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    Popular Nigerian singer, Omah Stanley Didia, better known as Omah Lay, has opened up on his dirty past.

    The Port Harcourt-born singer who recently released his debut album ‘Boy Alone‘, revealed that he was once involved in illegal activities.

    Omah spilled his ‘dirty’ secrets while featuring on Afrobeats Intelligence podcast hosted by popular music journo, Joey Akan.

    According to him, he left his parents at a very young age to live with some people whom he was doing “kpofire” with.

    The host, Akan explained that “kpofire” is slang for illegal oil bunkering and “a means of survival for a lot of young people in Niger Delta.”

    Omah continued: “We dey do kpofire. I used to always fall back to my music. I have always known that this is what I wanted to be.”

    When asked by the host whether he was into illegal oil bunkering for survival or to fund his music, Omah Lay said, “Of course it was for survival. I have a family. I have a whole family and I’m the first child. My dad died, Boy Alone himself. He died when I was like around 12 or something. So, the weight of the family was on me.”

    Ashed at what point did he began to feel the weight of the family, he said, “13, 14. So, I started, I went to Marine base. Anything I fit do, I go just run am. I dey do kpofire, me and my boys. But one thing that I have always known, one thing that I have always had at the back of my mind was music. After everything for the day, I still go back and write songs.”

    Pressed by Akan on how he managed to combine the illegal activity with doing music, Omah Lay said, “Then it used to be like battles. It used to be rap battles. Yeah, let me just pull lines….Freestyles. Then I used to have my boys, Siki, Capon, Ebi, and people from the hood. We fit just gather dey do stuff.”

    He said he later left illegal oil bunkering and became a laundryman.

    On why he left illegal oil bunkering, the singer said, “It became very dangerous. I lost a lot of my friends. All of them died. Military people just come and shoot. You know how Marine base is? Is just shooting and everybody kept dying around me. And I just felt like if I kept on going like that, one day I for just go too. So, I just have to. And then I needed more time for my music.”

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