Tems shares her experience in Uganda Prison where she was detained for two days in 2020 alongside Omah Lay.
TEMS DISCUSSES HER PERIOD IN UGANDAN PRISON IN DETAIL
Nigerian singer Tems shared additional details about her stay in the Ugandan jail, where she spent two days in 2020 with Omah Lay following court charges, in a recent interview with Angie Martinez on Power 105.1 FM.
Tems disclosed that she and Omah Lay had to quickly acclimate to prison life because they were utterly cut off from the outside world while they were being held captive. She talked about the terrible circumstances, which included a tiny, empty room with only blankets and tissues on the floor in place of a bed.
Tems stated, “I didn’t think I was going to come out.” I felt cut off from the outside world. My phone was missing. There was no way for me to communicate with the outside world.
I had just begun to feel at home and thought maybe God had placed me there for a purpose.
Tems also disclosed that the jail guards had treated her inhumanely, forcing her to kneel in order to communicate with them and feeding her only once a day. “I hadn’t eaten. Tems stated, “I simply continued to sip water every day.” It really dehumanized people. It was as if I were not human at all. I experienced animal-like feelings.
Tems claimed that even though her conditions were harsh, her experience in prison gave her a feeling of direction.
“We received the permits from the organizers, everything went smoothly, and when we arrived, we saw this specific artist.” Tem stated, “I’m not sure what his function was, but he was basically telling Nigerian artists not to come. The cops showed up after the event, they weren’t in uniform, and they asked us to follow them.
She claimed to have developed bonds with the other prisoner ladies and to have felt driven to assist them.
Tems stated, “I came to the realization that I had to do something to support the other women in prison.” “I began instructing them in reading and writing.” I joined them in singing as well. It served as a means of coping with the circumstances we were in.