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Dynamism of NIGERIANS

Nigerian music is the most successful it has ever been, with artists dominating the charts of multiple countries and selling out stadiums all over the world. Drawing its influence from various genres ranging from hip-hop to makossa, Nigerian music is a hybrid of different sounds from different cultures; this is one of the reasons why it has taken the world by storm, transcending language barriers, and making it onto Presidential playlists. But unfortunately, not everyone seems to be okay with that. We are enviable and visible. There is a high level of desirability that comes with everything Nigerian. There is a Nigerian community everywhere you go.

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Nigerians practically live in every part of the world; the largest populations live in the UK, USA, and South Africa. The Nigerian diaspora, said to be the country’s biggest export, is also the most loyal fan-base for Afrobeats a genre that has become synonymous with Nigerian music in the world. Nigerians have also often led the charge when it comes to revolutionize the industry in Africa. This wide-spread fan base, however, hasn’t stopped Nigerians from facing various challenges in other African countries.


Afropop singer Stanley Omah Didia, popularly known as Omah Lay and Temilade Openiyi, known as Tems, got arrested in Uganda for breaking COVID-19 guidelines during their concert. The Ugandan authorities arrested and detained the singers for performing in an unauthorised concert that took place on December 13 in Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala City. Prior to the event, Ugandan reggae musician Bebe Cool had opposed Omah Lay and Tems’ invitation for the concert in a post he shared on Facebook. In the post, he clearly shared how he planned to make “every effort to ruin the event”. In a series of tweets, following their release, Tems accused Bebe Cool of being responsible for the arrest. He allegedly called his friend to break into their room before getting them arrested.

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Their brief imprisonment was applauded by Ugandan celebrities, most notably Cindy Sanyu who released a video on social media shortly after calling Omah Lay an idiot. The singer took offence at the fact that “a foreigner filled up a concert in the country” while “Ugandan artistes are starving”.She also claimed she saw the Ugandan singer laughing at them before bribing the police to send him their release papers to post on social media. Tems vowed to pounce on him should he ever set foot in Nigeria. However, a statement was released by the chief magistrate court of Makindye which was posted by Bebe Cool , the court said, "the accused person Temilade Openyi (Tems), Stanley Omah,(Omah lay) and Muyiwa Awoniyi were charged with the offense of neglect act likely to spread of infectious diseases Section 171 of Penal Code Act. “The Charges have been withdrawn against them Vide Withdrawal Form Serial No, 4292, dated 15th December 2020.” The Court demanded that all accused persons be released from custody unless held on charges.

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