Society & Religion

Between Whitney Houston, Omawumi and hard drugs

Although many assume that all entertainers do hard drugs like cocaine, heroine, marijuana, etc. But star singer, Omawumi, says she is clean every time she gets on stage to perform.

The Itsekiri-born entertainer shot to limelight through the West African Idols TV reality show in 2007. Speaking to Ademola Olonilua and Timileyin Akinkahunsi of The Punch recently, Omawumi swore that her stage rush of confidence comes from her usual few minutes of praying to God before every performance.

Late American chart buster, Whitney Houston, as successful as her musical career was – such that she practically employed all her brothers – busted her life on cocaine. She was in and out of rehab before she died. Worse still, her only daughter, whom she plucked out of school to go on her musical tours also died from cocaine abuse, not too long after her mom died.

Whitney was a church girl, yet she died of drug abuse. Her singing skills took off from the choir. Her voice was unique. She was America’s wonder girl. But she couldn’t manage stardom and couldn’t say no to drugs. Her own blood brothers initiated her into drug abuse.

Unlike Whitney, Omawunmi remains a fervent church girl and she knows how to say no to hard drugs. According to the law graduate of Ambrose Ali University, Edo State, prayer is the special pre-performance ritual that has worked like magic for her over the years.

She said, “The rituals I perform before going on stage include prayers. I pray to God before every performance. It is a ritual I have carried out over the years and it is working for me.

“I do not think entertainers should rely on anything, especially negative things before a performance because they could become dependent on such and the day those things are not available, it will affect their performance.

“People have indeed tried to cajole me into taking some substances before performing on stage but I politely turn such persons down.”

So you see dear artists, artistes and all creative folks, if you must get high at all, do so on fresh air. It is never in short supply. Prayers give the biggest boost. Ask Omawumi

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