Celeb Bio: Yemi Alade
Yemi Eberechi Alade was born on March 13, 1989 in Abia State, Nigeria. Her father James Alade is of Yoruba origin while her mother Helen Uzoma is of Igbo origin resulting in her being referred to as “Yoruba-Igbo girl”. Alade is the fifth out of the seven children in her family. She attended St Saviour British Primary School, then went on to Victory Grammar School, Lagos, before obtaining a degree in Geography at the University of Lagos.
Alade made her musical debut in an all-girl group called Noty Spices in 2005, but her music became widely popular after she won the Peak Talent Show in 2009. She later released her first single “Fimisile” under the Jus’ Kiddin’ label.
In 2012, she signed onto the music label, Effyzzie Music Group, and released her single “Ghen Ghen Love”.
In July 2013, Alade released the video for her romantic afro-R&B song “Bamboo”, produced by Fliptyce. “Bamboo” went on to be a moderate hit and a popular wedding song. In the last quarter of 2013, she broke records when her hit single, “Johnny”, produced by Selebobo, was leaked on the internet. The song became an international smash hit as it dominated music charts in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom, among others. It was listed as one of the best songs of 2013, despite the fact that it was released towards the end of the year and without a music video. Yemi gained prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009, and is best known for her hit single, “johnny”. By 2017, the official music video of Johnny with over 73 million viewings became the video with the highest YouTube views by an African female act.
Yemi joined M.I, Waje, Timi Dakolo, and Burna Boy in singing the theme song for Port Harcourt, the UNESCO 2014 World Book Capital, as part of a project urging young people to read and stay in school. Shortly after that, Alade released a new single entitled “Tangerine”, featuring Selebobo; the critically acclaimed track charted across Africa. She equally joined the international stars like Pixie Lott, Luan Santana, Jennifer Hudson, Steve Aoki and #TanWeiWei for Shell Energy’s #makethefuture music project, “Best Day Of y Life”.
She released her debut album, King of Queens, on 2 October 2014, and then went on tour. Yemi Alade then released her second studio album, titled “Mama Africa”, in March 2016 and then an EP, Mama Afrique in 2017.
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