Yemi Eberechi Alade, known professionally as Yemi Alade, is a Nigerian Afropop singer, songwriter, actress and activist. Yemi Alade is the embodiment of every brilliant thing that is Africa.
Yemi Alade was raised in a multi-tribal home from Nigeria, Her father James Alade was a commissioner of police from Ondo State, Nigeria while her mother Helen Uzoma is a native of Abia State, Nigeria. According to Yemi, She taps from the Igbo and Yoruba ethnicities of her parents. Alade attended secondary School at Victory Grammar School, Ikeja, and the University of Lagos.
During the her university education Alade took part in a TV talent show called Peak Talent Show were she emerged winner. That was Alade’s debut appearance on TV and where she gained popularity. She was then signed to Effyzzie Music Group.
She won the Peak Talent Show in 2009 after which she signed to Effyzzie Music Group, and had a hit with her single “Johnny” in 2014.
Since then Yemi has gained prominence in the music industry following the releases of her albums King of Queens and Mama Africa, this made her embark on world tours consecutively.
She won the MTV African Music Awards for Best female in 2015 and 2016 consecutively andwas nominated for Artiste of the Year in 2015, making her to first female to win the MAMAs for Best female consecutively twice and nominated for Artiste of the Year.
In 2015, Alade was the first Nigerian female to be nominated for the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) for Best African Act and was nominated for the BET awards for Best International act: Africa in 2015 and 2016. Yemi is also applauded for her creative and overwhelming stage performances, fashion and music videos, She has won The Headies Award for Best Performer twice, 2018 and 2019. The slot was initiated at The Headies 2018 and she was the first artiste to win the category Alade sings in English, Igbo, Pidgin, Yoruba, French, Swahili and Portuguese.
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Her music has been of influence in many African countries and the world as she is acclaimed “Mama Africa” for her versatility in using different African languages and attires in her songs and music videos. Alade’s father was a police commissioner of Yoruba descent, while her mother is of Igbo descent.
On 9 June 2020, Alade was mentioned to be among the forefront artists/musicians from across the world to perform at The Global Goal: Unite for our future sponsored by the Global Citizen aimed to deliver COVID-19 tests and treatments especially in the most remote places in Africa and across the world. Photo Credit: Getty