The youngster belongs to a new crop of musicians currently making waves in Nigeria and also getting a noticeable presence in other parts of the world. To this end, he has also won a couple of awards for himself and there’s no doubt that he will grow bigger.
Omah Lay Started Off As a Producer And Songwriter
Doctor said I burnt my liver and I’ve been drinking, smoking cigar... If you are his fan and have been listening to the airwaves, then you have probably sung this line before. Omah Lay’s real name is Omah Stanley Didia. He was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on the 19th of May 1997.
Currently 25, Omah Lay came from a generation of music lovers. His grandfather was a percussionist for highlife singer, Celestine Ukwu and when the legendary musician died in 1976, Omah Lay’s father took up drumming. Omah Lay’s love for music grew even more with being around his father. When he was 15 years old, he started producing music; rapping from time to time in Port Harcourt with a rap group named Lil king.
Omah even wrote songs for many artists who never thought about giving him credit in their songs. After some time, he got tired of writing songs for others and chose instead to test the waters by trying his hands on doing music professionally.
His Journey To Fame Through Music
Omah Lay is no doubt one of many fast-rising Nigerian singers. He has made giant strides in a short period of time stemming majorly from his debut singles Do Not Disturb and Hello Brother, which he released in 2019. Since then, he has collaborated with some artists like 6lack, Olamide, DJ Spinall and even made some features with veterans like Adekunle Gold and Wizkid. Omah has two EPs that have accumulated tens of millions of streams and brought about a dedicated army of fans. He named the two EPs Getting Layd and What Have We Done.
As a young and talented artist, it didn’t take time before Omah Lay got a record label deal. He was first signed by KeyQaad in June 2019 when he was still in port Harcourt. This signing prompted him to move to Lagos. After KeyQaad, he signed another contract with Damilola Akinwunmi’s Dvpper Music Record Label and he is still with them.
In January 2020, he teased his Instagram followers with a verse he recorded and the response to it was wonderful, so he decided to make the song available for free as a teaser to his official single. When he released the song titled Bad Influence, it went on to amass millions of streams on digital music stores. It also peaked at number one on the Nigerian Apple Music Charts.
More about Omah Lay and his music continued to spread after his official debut single You. The song was released on February 14, 2020, and by March 2020, its official video was racking over 5 million YouTube views. The song is considered by many to be a top hit. Another of his song You placed him on some reputable lists of freshmen to watch out for in 2020 by music download websites like NotJustOk and Native Mag. Omah’s other hit songs like ‘Godly’ and ‘Lo-Lo’ have over 24 million and 18 million YouTube views, respectively.
On May 22, 2020, Omah Lay dropped his debut EP Get Layd which included the previously released You and Bad Influence. Surprisingly, the EP became a commercial success, hitting the list of most-streamed Afrobeat albums on digital stores such as Audiomack, Deezer, and Apple music and also on many Radio and TV stations in Nigeria. The artist may be a rising star now, but with his kind of energy, he will soon become a popular household name like most popular Nigerian artists known today. Some of his hit songs include:
- Hello Brother
- Do Not Disturb
- My Bebe
- Can’t Relate
- Bad Influence
- Lo Lo
- Ye Ye Ye
- Talking to God
- Say Bye Bye
- Pami (featuring Wizkid and Adekunle Gold)
- Infinity (featuring Olamide)
Omah Lay’s Networth: How Has He Been Able To Earn So Much Within A Few Years?
To be successful in the Nigerian music industry with a net worth anywhere between $400,000 – $600,000, one needs more than talent to stand out and earn recognition amidst a crowd of young vibrant aspiring musicians. For Omah, both luck, and good management in addition to his talent played huge roles to have him where he is today. Though it might not have been all rosy for him, seeing what he has achieved so far, there’s no doubt that as he continues to make more songs, his net worth will keep rising.
Omah Lay’s Other Source Of Income
Omah Lay doesn’t have any other known source of income currently except music. All his fame and riches are attributed to his burgeoning music career. See he is still very young, it is hoped that he will soon start investing his earnings into various profitable ventures.
Still a newbie in the music industry, Omah Lay is yet to receive any endorsement deals from any brand in Nigeria. But, there is no doubt that he will soon receive some seeing how he is rising so fast in the Nigerian music industry.
His Awards And Recognitions
The handsome and fast-rising singer has received some amazing awards to his name, which is quite surprising since he has been in the Nigerian music industry for only a few years. Some of the awards to his name include:
- Best New Artist by Native Mag (received in March 2020)
- Next Rated Award at the 2020 Headies Awards
- November 2020 ‘Bet Amplified International’ Artist of the Month
- Best African Artiste of the year at the Ghana Music Awards in 2021
- In June 2020, he was recognized by Apple Music as the new Artist of the Month
Apart from the awards, he is also steadily earning some recognition. He was featured on the cover of Accelerate Magazine in its January 2021 issue. In the publication, the talented singer gave an insight into his growth in the music industry; remarkably, his move from Port Harcourt to Lagos. He also added that he tries to do his best and make songs that will be timeless such that in 10 to 20 years’ time, they will still be evergreen.
How Rich And Influential Is Omah Lay Compared To Other Music Artists In Nigeria?
Although Omah Lay is regarded as one of the richest young artists in the Nigerian music industry, he is yet to find himself on the list of most influential young artists in Nigeria. The list currently has the likes of Wizkid, D’banj, 2Face Idibia, Davido, and Olamide.
On the rich list, Omah Lay is also working his way to the top 20 in Nigeria. Obviously, he cannot be compared with Burna Boy, Phyno, Timaya, and Flavour, who are currently on the list of the top ten richest music stars in the country. Mavin’s artist Rema whose net worth is estimated to be around $750,000, is arguably the youngest influential artist in Nigeria.