Omah Lay, the Nigerian singer, has addressed critics who think his music “can lead to depression”.


The singer has sparked discussions on social media ever since he opened up about his battle with depression.

In a 2022 tweet, Omah Lay shared feelings of insecurity, fear, and depression.

He added that he was losing his mind and contemplating suicide.


His 2023 project ‘Reason’ also raised concerns about his mental well-being due to its introspective lyrics.

“I do not know who to run to right now. What is the reason you do not have your own peace of mind?,” he sings.

Fans on X have tagged the singer’s music as “depressing”.


Some critics also suggested that listening to his songs might intensify feelings of depression for those experiencing mental struggles.

“Omah Lay songs 🤝 Broke depressed Boys with high libido,” a user wrote.

“If you are depressed listen to omah lay to boost your depression,” another user wrote.

In an interview with Beat FM London, the singer said he does not mind how people label his music, as long as they enjoy it.


He added that he views his music as art, and would rather have listeners interpret and appreciate it in their way.

“I do not care what anybody wants to tag it as long as you enjoy the music,” he wrote.

“If you feel like it is Afro-depression, I am okay with that as long as you enjoy the music. Some other people would dance to it.

“It is art. That is what I make and I just leave the world to enjoy how they want to enjoy it.”


Omah Lay gained fame in 2020 following the release of hits ‘You’ and ‘Bad Influence’.

He has won a plethora of awards and recognition.

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