Tems shares her experience in Ugandan prison

In Summary
  • Tems together with her manager Muyiwa Awomiyi and Omah Lay were arrested in 2020
  • Tems says that she was given a stinking prison uniform
Nigerian singer Tems
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Nigerian singer Temilade Openiyi commonly known as Tems revealed that her arrest in Uganda was one of the worst times of her life.

Following her performance at The Big Brunch event at Ddungu Resort, Munyonyo in December 2020, Tems together with her manager Muyiwa Awomiyi and Omah Lay were bundled up, charged to the court, and remanded to Kitalya prison.

The three were arraigned before Makindye Chief Magistrate’s Court on charges of being negligently involved in acts likely to spread an infectious disease C/S 171 of the Penal Code Act and flouting COVID-19 guidelines.


They were later released from prison two days after the intervention of the Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

However, Tem said that she had the worst experience while in prison explaining that the uniform she was given to put on was stinking and dirty.She stressed that they didn’t break any rule but their imprisonment was just a set up .

“ The organizers sent us the permits, everything was cool and we went there and there was this particular artist. I am not sure what his role was but he was basically threatening Nigerian artistes that they shouldn’t come and after the show, the police came and were not in uniform and asked us to follow them”,Tem said.