Tems narrates her ordeal during jail time in Uganda
Written by maxfmeditor3 on November 1, 2023
Tems experienced two nights in a Ugandan prison for violating COVID-19 laws, and her release came as a surprise. During an interview with Angie Martinez, she revealed the challenges she faced. Tems recalled feeling disconnected from the world during her detention. She detailed her experience, from the moment she was picked up at her hotel to her arrival at the prison, where she received her uniform. Initially, she thought it was a joke, but as the reality sank in, she couldn’t help but cry.
She thought she might not be released and believed that her presence in prison might be for a reason, perhaps to help others. The conditions were far from ideal, with a small, dingy room, no beds, just the floor, and blankets.
She spent two days there, uncertain about her release, as she had no communication from the outside world.
Despite her hope, she didn’t expect a quick release. She saw that some women in the prison were held for minor reasons, often due to bribed guards. Making phone calls was challenging, and she had no money.
To adapt and avoid showing vulnerability, Tems used humor and confidence. She winked at the other inmates when they stared at her, a way to cope with the situation and avoid tears.
The woman in charge explained the rules, and the most severe punishment was solitary confinement. They had to kneel to speak to officials and were given one meal a day. During her stay, Tems hardly ate, mostly drinking water.
Tems and Omah Lay were charged for violating COVID-19 guidelines after their performance in Uganda. Efforts back in Nigeria, including her manager’s dad visiting the capital, Abuja, helped secure their release.