Tems recounts arrest in Uganda


Singer Temilade Openiyi aka Tems has recounted the time she spent in a Ugandan prison over unauthorised concert.

In a tweet on Monday night, Tems said that while she was being held in prison she bonded with women and kids, adding that she almost cannot believe some of the things that had happened in her life after the incident.

“This very day Last Year, I was sitting in prison in Uganda bonding with women and kids. I almost can’t believe the things I’ve seen so far. All I can say is God is too awesome and He will always have the last and final laugh,” she tweeted.

The 26-year-old was arrested alongside colleague Omah Lay following their performance at The Big Brunch, which was held at Speke Resort, Wavamunno Rd, Kampala, Uganda on December 12, 2020. They were arrested the next day.

The Uganda police in a tweet said the singers and some other people were arrested for holding an unauthorised concert.

After their arrest, singers Olamide, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Davido, Teni, Fireboy, Chike and others took to social media to call for their release.

They were, however, released two days later after the police withdrew the charges against them.

After their return to Nigeria, Tems said that she regretted the outcome of the Uganda concert which got her arrested.

“On Saturday, 12 December 2020, I was scheduled to perform with Omah Lay at The Big Brunch: Afrobeat edition organised by Kosana events in Kampala, Uganda.

“I am truly saddened that attendees could have possibly been exposed to Covid-19. I would have never participated had I even the slightest knowledge that the event would not meet standard operating procedures and put Uganda’s citizens at risk,” she wrote on Instagram.