Tems’ Biography, Age, Education, Parents, Boyfriend, And Awards


Temilade Openiyi (born 11 June 1995), known professionally as Tems, is a Nigerian singer.


She rose to prominence after she was featured on Wizkid’s 2020 single “Essence,” which reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 after the release of a remixed version with an additional feature from Justin Bieber and earned her a Grammy Award nomination.


Who is Tems?

Temilade Openiyi was born on 11 June 1995 in Lagos, Nigeria to a Nigerian mother and a British-Nigerian father; she moved from Nigeria shortly after birth to the UK before returning at 5, after her parents divorced.

Full name: Temilade Openiyi

Stage name: Tems

Date of birth: 11 June 1995

Age: 27

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Place of birth: Lagos

State of origin: Lagos State

Nationality: Nigeria

Parents: Mr & Mrs Openiyi

Education: Dowen and  Monash South Africa


Net worth: $1.5million

Social media: Instagram@temsbaby


BET Award for Best International Act 2022
The Headies Award for Best Collabo 2022 · Essence
Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance 2023 · WAIT FOR U
Soul Train Music Award for Best Collaboration 2021 · Essence
BET Hip Hop Award for Best Collaboration 2022 · WAIT FOR U
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding International Song 2022 · Essence
South African Music Award for Rest of Africa Artist 2022 · If Orange Was a Place

Tems’ mother only allowed her to listen to Christian music when Tems was a child. Later in her teenage years, she became interested in R&B and hip-hop music. She listened to Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, and Aaliyah, and covered Alicia Keys’ 2004 single, “If I Ain’t Got You”, in a live performance. Growing up, she was also interested in artists such as Burna Boy, Lauryn Hill, Adele, Rihanna, Coldplay, Paramore, and Asa.

At the age of 15, she stopped listening to other artists in search of her own identity, because “I wanted to learn how to attack a song from what I was feeling, not what Beyoncé would do or anyone else”. Her voice has been described as deep, velvety, and androgynous.


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