Nigerian artistes, Omah Lay and Ms Tems, have been arrested by the Uganda police in Kampala for going against covid-19 guidelines.
The two were arrested shortly after their performance on Saturday night at The Big Brunch, a concert that held at Speke Resort, Wavamunno Rd, Kampala.
They are accused of holding the show at a time when political rallies ae allowed not more than more than 200 people and churches in Uganda have been restricted to 100 people.
Luk Owoyesigyire, Assistant Superintendent of Police and Deputy Police Spokesperson, Kampala Metropolitan Police, confirmed their arrest on Twitter on Sunday.
Mr Owoyesigyire also announced that the manager of the venue where the musicians performed, and the events manager, were also in their custody. Ms Tems’s manager, Muyiwa Awomiyi, was also arrested. Three police officers including the area officer in charge of the police station in the area were also arrested.
In their statement, the Ugandan police alleged that the organisers of the concert first held lunch and dinner events, but later on at night started inviting artistes to perform.
“Three people have been arrested in connection to the unauthorised concert that was held last night in Ddungu Resort in Munyonyo, Kampala City.
“Those arrested are Ivan Ddungu, the manager of the place where the concert was held, Omah Lay the musician and Prim Kasana, Events Manager, who contracted Omah Lay to sing.
“The Police are also looking for the Area Officer in Charge of the police station for failure to detect the criminal acts that took place in his area of jurisdiction.
“It is alleged that the organizers of the show disguised it as a lunch and dinner event, but later on at night they started inviting artistes to perform.
“The suspects are detained at Katwe Police Station and are being charged with doing acts that are likely to cause the spread of infectious disease, which is corona virus.
“On the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, the president directed that music concerts should be stopped and the directives still stands.
“We condemn the act of some selfish individuals, who are bent on violating the directives on CONVID-19 to make money and risks the lives of many Ugandans.
We appeal to members of the public to adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19 and follow all the SOPs.” The full statement reads.
Following the outbreak of coronavirus in Uganda, the country’s Ministry of Health issued guidelines suspending concerts attended by revellers in order to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
Ugandan artistes and citizens have condemned the widely promoted concert, which had more than 1000 people in attendance.
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The series titled ‘First Gen’ will take us through Yvonne Orji’s experiences as a Nigerian immigrant growing up in America.
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“The trailer I shot in 2015 for this family sitcom I desperately wanted to create, is what helped me get an audition for @insecurehbo. FIVE YEARS LATER (after being told “NO” SEV. ER. AL. Times), my Lil engine that could, finally has a home with the @disneyplus family. Thank you @davidoyelowo for believing in the dream FROM JUMP, and Lady @oprah for coming on board as our Fairy Godmother”.
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Nigeria’s popular musician, Oladapo Oyebanjo a.k.a D’Banj, says 2021 will be marked in grand style as he plans to launch his new album “Ikebe” before the end of the first quarter.
D’Banj made this known in Abuja, during a listening brunch of the album, which also had other tracks like “Banga” and “Antidote”.
“Ikebe”, which literally means buttock, was produced by Nigeria’s talented producer Rexxie.
D’Banj said he delivered the melodious number to create awareness on the need for the male gender to thread carefully this year, as heard on the track, after a turbulent 2020 ended with testimony of him welcoming his second child.
According to the artiste, the track says “oh Lord, help me, I no wan sin. I tell my body say you go die for this “Ikebe”.
“So much has happened in my life in a short time, which appeared to be long; so this album and others like ‘banga’ and ‘antidote’ is about my personal life and I needed to express myself.
“I want to use the track ‘Ikebe’ to make a statement and preach what I stand for, which is respecting women and their rights, after my wife and I welcomed our second child and first baby girl.
“I needed to use them to relaunch myself into the music world and I was inspired by three things.
“Going through life in the last three years, it has been full of God’s blessings because he restored me after the death of my son.
“People ask me how I deal with pain of the loss and what was going through my mind and these tracks tell exactly how I dealt with it,” D’Banj said.
He expressed appreciation to his family and friends, who stood by him in time of grief, noting that God restored their lives through their prayers and messages.
The music icon also hailed his songwriters especially the one based in Loss Angeles, U.S, who inspired another track “Antidote”.
He said love was the antidote that helped him and his wife to overcome the death of their son.
The music producer, Rexxie, said the songs would get people dancing and can make one feel happy and reflect on past issues.
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