Yemi Alade was born Yemi Eberechi Alade on the 13th of March 1989 in Abia State, Nigeria. The snazzy Yemi is a renowned Nigerian Afropop singer and songwriter. She was raised by her parents, James Alade and Helen Uzoma. Her father James has a Yoruba descent, while her mother has an Igbo descent. Thanks to the infusion of both tribes, the songstress has occasionally been referred to as the ‘Yoruba-Igbo girl’.
Yemi Alade happens to be the fifth child of seven children in her family. The sassy singer was a student of St. Saviour British Primary School. She further attended Victory Grammar school situated in Lagos. Yemi graduated from the University of Lagos where she clinched a degree in Geography.
“King” Yemi Alade started her musical career on a good note. She made her music debut in an all-girl group called Noty Spice in 2005, but her music gained massive recognition after she emerged the winner during the 2009 Peak Talent Show. Moving on, she recorded Fimile, her foremost single, under Jus’ Kidding label. In the year 2012, Yemi Alade was signed by Effyzzie Music Group, a renowned record label, where she recorded her hit single Ghen Ghen Love.
In July 2013, the superstar released the official video for “Bamboo”, her romantic afro-R and B song produced by Fliptyce. The song was a hit and it was mostly played in wedding ceremonies. In the last quarter of 2013, the sexy diva broke records when Johny, her hit song produced by Selebobo was leaked on the internet. The song was internationally recognized, and it also topped music chart in countries like Liberia, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, United Kingdom and several other countries. The song has been recorded as one of the best songs released in 2013.
Yemi Alade has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines, and she was fortunate to headline the Super Diva’s Nite at the 2013 Calabar Festival. She also made the opening for the 2013 Headies Awards which is popularly described as the Nigerian Grammys. In 2004, rapper Yung6ix featured Yemi Alade on one of his songs titled Lights. Yemi and Clarence Peter, the renowned cinematographer, both teamed up to make a music video for Johnny, which was officially released in March 2014. The music video garnered about 32 million YouTube views by December 2015.
Furthermore, Yemi Alade collaborated with musical stalwarts like M.I, Waje, Timi Dakolo, and Burna boy in singing the theme song for Port Harcourt. They came together for the UNESCO 2014 World Book Capital. This was part of a project encouraging teenagers to take their education more seriously and imbibing the reading culture. Later on, Yemi released Tangerine featuring Selebobo. The acclaimed hit song topped charts in most African countries. She released King of Queens, her debut album on the 2nd of October 2014, and later proceeded on a tour. Her second studio album Mama Africa was released in March 2016.
Yemi Alade – Relationships
The delectable Yemi Alade has clearly revealed that she is in a relationship with someone, but has refused to disclose the identity of the person. There was a time rumor had it that she was dating her manager, Taiye Aliyu. She out-rightly debunks this speculation, stating that she only had a working relationship with Taiye Aliyu. The songstress has also been linked with other celebrities like Phyno and Alex Ekubo.
The current net worth of Yemi Alade is estimated to be over $4.8 million.
Facts About Yemi Alade
- She always refers to herself as a king.
- Yemi hits the spotlight in 2009 after she won the Peak Talent Show.
- She is always modest whenever she communicates with journalists.
- In the year 2015 and 2016, she clinched the MTV African Music Awards as the best performer.
- She tries to avoid scandal or any form of controversy.
- The star singer started her career as an unrefined talent that needed to be disclosed and involved in self-improvement.
The award-winning artist stands tall at about 5 ft 3 inches.
Yemi is a frequent user of various social media platforms. She has garnered over 270 thousand Twitter followers and over 3.5 million Instagram followers.