Omah Lay Biography, Age, Relationship, Awards, More

Stanley Omah Didia, popularly called Omah Lay, born on May 19, 1997, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer known and loved by millions of music fans for his unique sound and relatable songwriting. 

Starting off as a rapper, Omah Lay transitioned to songwriting and music production, becoming an A-list singer whose influence spread across Africa.

Omah Lay. Photo credit: NotJustOk

His music is a blend of Afro-fusion that has garnered widespread acclaim and recognition. His breakout single “Do Not Disturb” was released in April 2019, and he quickly followed up with other popular tracks such as “Hello Brother,” “Lo Lo,” and “Bad Influence.” His songs don’t only showcase his distinct singing voice and unparalleled songwriting skills, it also set him apart in the Afrobeats genre, where his songs are described as Afro-depression because of the strong emotion they evoke.

This is what makes Omah Lay stand out, his ability to infuse his music with personal experiences and emotions. His songs are a reflection of his life experiences and struggles, making him a voice for the younger generation in Nigeria and beyond. 

Other than releasing soulful melodies he has also gained awards and recognitions for his work, including, the Next Rated Award at the 14th Headies Music Awards in  2021. He has also gained other recognitions and garnered a strong fan base that has solidified his place as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Profile Summary

Full NameStanley Omah Didia
Stage NameOmah Lay
Other NamesLil King
Date of BirthMay 19, 1997
Place of BirthPort Harcourt
Age26 Years Old (As of 2023), 27 years (as of 2024)
GenderMale
Zodiac SignTaurus
TribeIkwerre
State of OriginRivers State
NationalityNigerian
Secondary EducationComprehensive High School in Rivers State
Tertiary EducationUniversity of Port Harcourt
OccupationSinger, Songwriter, Record Producer
Record LabelKeyqaad, Warner Music Group under Sire Records
Years Active2019 – Present
Net Worth$500,000 (estimated)
Omah Lay. Photo credit: Premium Times Nigeria

Omah Lay’s Early Life

Stanley Omah Didia was raised in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. He was born on May 19, 1997. He is of Ikwerre tribe from Egbeda, Emohua, Local Government Area in Rivers State. He was raised in the vibrant yet rugged environment of Marine Base, where he became intimately familiar with the city’s challenges and raw energy.[1]

Omah Lay’s early life is steeped in a rich musical heritage, as he hails from a family with a deep passion for music. His paternal grandfather, a drummer for the renowned Highlife act Celestine Ukwu, laid the foundation for Omah Lay’s musical journey.[2] 

During his teenage years, Omah Lay, initially aspiring to become a rapper, adopted the moniker “Lil King” and entertained his neighbors with freestyle rap performances.[3] 

However, his musical interests evolved, leading him to delve into music production. After mastering the craft, he collaborated with emerging artists in Port Harcourt, showcasing his versatility and dedication to his art.

After trying his hand at music production, Omah Lay realized that his true passion lay in singing and songwriting. 

This turning point led him to create his earliest singles, “Do Not Disturb” and “Hello Brother,” which marked the beginning of his journey as Omah Lay. The success of these songs drew the attention of record labels, ultimately leading him to join KeyQaad Records, a Lagos-based label, in June 2019, and relocate to Lagos to pursue his musical aspirations. That same year he joined he took a break.[1]

During the break, Omah Lay worked tirelessly on his debut EP, Get Layd, in August 2019. He told OkayAfrica that he had to stay away from distractions and focus on perfecting the project.[4]

Growing up in Port Harcourt, Omah Lay’s exposure to the city’s music scene and challenges have undoubtedly influenced his artistry and given him a unique perspective that resonates through his music. His formative years laid the foundation for his subsequent rise to fame in the Nigerian music industry and beyond.

Omah Lay’s Age

Omay Lay was born on 19th May 1997. Hence, he is 26 years old as of 2023.

Omah Lay Educational Background

Omah Lay attended Comprehensive High School in Rivers State for his secondary education before proceeding to the University of Port Harcourt.[1]

Omah Lay’s Career Trajectory

Omah Lay performing on stage. Photo credit: Youtube

Omah Lay embarked on his musical journey as a member of a rap group, adopting the stage name “Lil King”.[3] 

However, he later transitioned to songwriting and music production, which initially went largely uncredited. In April 2019, he released “Do Not Disturb,” followed by “Hello Brother” a month later, marking the beginning of his solo career.[1]

In June 2019, Omah Lay  signed with the record label KeyQaad and took a seven-month break to work on his debut EP, “Get Layd.”[1] During this period, he focused on perfecting the project. In an interview with OkayAfrica, Omah Lay said, “I started working on it in August [of 2019]. At some point, I had to go off social media, stay away from a lot of things, and keep my head straight to get the project right.”[4] The first song he recorded for his debut EP, Get Layd was the breakout song “Bad Influence,” which was released on 22 May 2020 and went on to become the most streamed Nigerian song on Apple Music at the end of 2020.[5]

On February 14th, 2020, Omah Lay’s first official single “You” claimed the top spot on the Apple Music chart in Nigeria.[6]

On May 22, 2020, Omah Lay dished out his long-awaited debut EP, “Get Layd”. The EP performed exceptionally well, achieving number one on the Nigerian Apple Music charts, with all five tracks reaching the top 15 of the same chart.[7]

Following the success of “Get Layd,” Omah Lay continued to make waves in the music industry.

Later in October, He collaborated with Olamide on his album Carpe Diem, on the track “Infinity,” which went on again to top the Apple Music charts in Nigeria.[5]

In November 2020, he released his second EP, “What Have We Done,” featuring relatable themes and reflective lyrics. The EP’s lead single, “Godly,” reached number one on the Apple Music charts for Nigeria, further solidifying his position as a rising star.[5]

In the same 2020, BBC Radio 1Xtra listed him in their “Hot for 2021” selection.[9] 

He was also the first African artist to be featured on Audiomack #Up Now initiative, which showcases new talents.[10] Additionally, he was named one of the “20 artists to watch in 2021” by the Montreux Jazz Festival, and BET recognized him as their Amplified International Artist of the Month for November 2020.[11]

His accolades culminated in a nomination in four categories at the 14th Headies Awards in December 2020, where he emerged as the winner of the Next Rated award, beat other top contenders, Bella Shmurda, Tems, and Oxlade to clinch the award in 2021. As part of his gift prize, he went home with a brand-new car.[12] This recognition solidified his position as a prominent figure in the Nigerian music scene.

Continuing his momentum, Omah Lay collaborated with Nigerian singer Alpha P on the official remix of Justin Bieber’s single “Peaches” and released the single “Understand” in 2021. Same year he caught the eye of Ghanaian female diva, Gyakie, and he was the guest artiste on the remix of her popular top-charting song, Forever. The song was released in March 2021.[1]

In 2022, he collaborated with Bieber for the second time on the track “Attention,” further expanding his international reach and influence.[13]

By 2023, Omah Lay’s impact extended beyond Nigeria. He was selected as the first artist to be highlighted for Apple’s Africa Rising Campaign, showcasing African talent on 3 July 2023.[8] 

Omah Lay’s rapid growth in the music industry, marked by chart-topping releases, critical acclaim, and international collaborations, translates his status as a dynamic and influential force in contemporary Afro-fusion music.

Omah Lay Discography

Omah Lay. Photo credit: Bilibili: Youtube

The alleged afro-depression singer, Omah Lay has released a notable number of songs comprising 1 studio album, 2 EPs and several singles. His genre of music is massively enjoyed by his fans, with a lot of them using his music for challenges on Tiktok. Some of his songs include:[14]

Omay Lay Studio Album[14]

  • Boy Alone

Omah Lay Eps[14]

  • Get Layd
  • What Have We Done

Omah Lay singles:[14]

Omay Lay Awards and Nomination

Omah Lay has not only released a high number of hit songs, but he has also received recognition, nominations, and awards for his work.

Some of his awards include[1][5][15]:

YearAwardCategory of AwardRecipientResult
2022MOBO AwardBest African Music ActOmah LayNominated
2022Image AwardOutstanding International SongUnderstandNominated
2021Net HonoursMost Played Pop Song”Godly”Won
2021Net HonoursMost Played RnB Song“Pami” By DJ Tunez featuring Wizkid, Adekunle Gold and Omah LayNominated
2021All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA)Artiste of the Year in AfricaOmah LayNominated
2021All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA)Best Artiste in Western AfricaOmah LayNominated
2021All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA)Breakout Artiste of the YearOmah LayNominated
2021All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA)Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African PopOmah LayNominated
2021Afro X Digitals AwardsBreak Out Act of the YearOmah LayWon
2020The HeadiesNext RatedOmah LayWon
2020The HeadiesViewer’s ChoiceOmah LayNominated
2020The HeadiesBest R&B Single“Bad Influence”Nominated
2020The HeadiesSongwriter of the Year“Bad Influence”Nominated

Other recognitions include:[1]

  • In June 2020, Omah Lay was recognized by Apple Music as the new artist of the month. 
  • He was also recognized by Native Mag as the best new artist in March 2020. 
  • He was the first African artist featured on Audiomack’s #Up Now program for emerging artists in 2021.
  • He was included in Montreux Jazz Festival’s “20 artists to watch in 2021”. 
  • He was named BET’s Amplified International Artist of the Month for November 2020.

Omay Lay Net Worth

Omah Lay’s net worth is estimated at around $500, 000 (over N400 Million Naira).[16] He is among the musical artists that have gained fame and success. His major sources of income are streaming royalties, performances at concerts, and endorsement deals.

Omah Lay Relationship Status 

In September 2021, Omah Lay ended his relationship with Gloria Eberechi, who he was in a romantic relationship with, shortly after introducing her on Instagram, because she faced allegations of infidelity,  which reportedly led the singer to unfollow her on Instagram.[17][18]

Omah Lay and Gloria Eberechi. Photo credit: Gistlover.com

In February 2023, the singer posted a video of himself asking his ex why she lost him, he said, “What’s the reason why you lost me. What’s the fucking reason why you lost me. What’s your reason for losing me? Tell me, look who you lost on the streets. Fresh from marine based is who you lost to the streets. It’s your loss. You lost me to the street”.

Since the breakup, Omah Lay has not publicly revealed any new romantic relationships.

Link to the video

Omay Lay Record Label

Omah Lay was first signed to a record label called KeyQaad in June 2019. The signing made him leave Port Harcourt for Lagos for the first time.[1]

Later, he was signed into Dvpper Music, a record label owned by Damilola Akinwunmi. Other artists signed to Dvpper include Seyi Vibez, Shallipopi, Tega Boi, Pabrymo, Dibs, and Reehaa.[16]

On 20 November 2020, he signed with Warner Music Group under Sire Records, a subsidiary of the Warner Music Group, which is his current record label. 

He released his first body of work, a 5-track EP titled “What Have We Done,” with Warner Music Group emblem on 20th November 2020. The EP peaked at number one on the Nigerian Apple Music charts, and all five tracks reached the top 12 of the Apple Music charts for Nigeria, with “Godly” reaching number one.[20]

Controversies

In July 2022, following backlash for unsatisfactory performance at the Afronation concert in Portugal, Nigerian musician Omah Lay offered a disappointed fan VIP access to his ongoing tour as a gesture of apology after receiving criticism for his performance.

The criticism came from a TikTok user, @akuvimusic, who claimed that Omah Lay and fellow Nigerian artist Rema were not singing during their performances, causing disappointment among audience members who had come to see them live. 

Omah Lay apologized for the technical difficulties that led to the poor performance and blamed the show’s sound system. He also expressed his willingness to make it up to disappointed fans by offering VIP access to his Boy Alone World Tour.[21]

He said “Apologies to you and all the fans that feel this way. I would’ve loved to give you better but I had to do this entire show without hearing myself cuz I wasn’t provided with sound on my IEM,” he tweeted.[21]

He further added, “I’ve been on the road almost every other night since March and it’s been on fire. But challenges pop up and we choose to either do the best we can or not perform at all. “Apologies once again. I’m still on tour and if you happen to be in any of the cities I’m coming to, I’d like to make it up to you with VIP access. Hmu! (Hit me up).”[21]

 This isn’t the first time Omah Lay has faced difficulties while performing, as he was arrested in Uganda on 12 December 2020 for violating COVID-19 lockdown protocols, along with fellow musician Tems. On December 15, they were released and cleared of wrongdoing after the Ugandan government apologized for their arrests.[1]

Omay Lay Car and House

Omah Lay’s house is located in the Lekki area of Lagos State, Nigeria. The two-story building, reportedly worth N500 million, reflects the success and stature of the Nigerian singer in the music industry. 

The mansion was revealed on 28 September 2022 on X/Twitter. it stands as a testament to Omah Lay’s rising prominence and financial success.[22]

Omah Lay’s house. Photo credit:@SAGE_BOSS: X

Regarding his cars, Omah Lay has not publicly flaunted any specific car as his own, despite his significant wealth and success in the music industry. 

However, it is known that he received a brand-new car from GAC Motors as part of the package that comes with the “Next Rated” title, which he won at the 2020 Headies awards.[23]

Omah Lay. Photo credit: OkayAfrica

Omah Lay Social Media Presence

Omah Lay maintains a strong social media presence, particularly on Instagram and Twitter. 

His Instagram account boasts over 4 million followers, with a high engagement rate of 5.25%. This platform serves as a hub for sharing photos, videos, and updates with his fanbase. Additionally, he is active on Twitter with over 2.4 million followers, where he shares insights and interacts with his audience. 

His official website also serves as a central platform for fans to access his music, videos, merchandise, and tour dates.

Conclusion

Omah Lay’s meteoric rise is a testament to his talent and hard work, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in the future. Every one of his music continues to captivate audiences, and he remains a shining example of what can be achieved through dedication and passion.

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