Tanzanian legendary songstress Ray C has advised fellow artistes on drug addiction. The famous singer elaborated on how she became a victim and what she went through for several years of drug addiction. She described drugs as a ‘devil who owned her soul’.
Drug addiction is one of the most serious vices that has negatively affected the entertainment industry world wide. In East Africa, a few of the very best artistes have been pushed off their course to greatness by addiction as some have lost their lives.
Ray C, real names Rehema Chalamila, was born in May 1982 and is one of the best ever female vocalists in East Africa. She joined the active music industry in 2003 and her songs like ‘Mapenzi Yangu’, ‘Na Wewe Milele’, and ‘Sogea Sogea’ propelled her to a fans favorite through the years.
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Ray C however lost her magic after she was introduced to drugs by her friends. Her battle with drugs went viral and at one point she added almost five times her weight hence losing her sexy slender figure. The public sent out their mixed reactions on seeing the images with some really concerned about the life of their favorite singer.
The Tanzanian artiste says it is the people she used to hangout with that influenced her to take drugs something which she later realized she would not live without. She spoke to the public while at an event to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse which happened in Mombasa. The date is marked annually on June 26th.
The company I was hanging out with was not good. If you hang out with a thief, you become a thief. If you hang out with an alcoholic, you become one. You can’t say you will go to the bar and not drink. It’s the company.
The ‘Umenikataa’ singer somehow with the help of close friends and family, as well as concerned fans fought hard and eventually won the battle against drug addiction. She reveals that her life was at one point solely hooked to drugs which controlled her entirely and influence her in makind a few wrong decisions since they take full control of a person’s brain, body, and soul.
Addiction took three of the best of me. I was heartbroken. My brain was taken away by drug use, it was not working because there was something else in my brain telling me I could not perform on stage without drugs, and that I could not go anywhere without taking drugs therefore I was a prisoner in my own soul.
A now clean and sober Ray C vows to use her past experience to help fellow celebrities, and the community to avoid going down the same destructive road that she did. She also works hard to avoid slipping back to the vice that almost robbed her of her life.
She urged all those who have involved themselves in drug abuse to ensure they do their best to be clean as drug abuse is a disease an one needs real help to cure it. Also, she urged wide sensitization of the youths who are the most victims of the vice.
In Uganda, the music industry has also been affected by drug abuse as a couple of artistes fall prey to the vice despite countrywide efforts to curb it.