Nigerian superstar singer, Yemi Alade has been nominated for the 2016 BET awards to be held at the Microsoft Center, Los Angeles.
Yemi Alade and Wizkid will be up against the rest of Africa for the coveted and controversial BET Best International Act Africa category.
Here are 5 things you should never forget about the award winning diva.
- She is Yoruba/Igbo: Yemi Alade has roots in two major ethnic origins Yoruba and Igbo. Her full name is Yemi Eberechi Alade and she was born on March 13, 1989 in Abia State, Nigeria. Her father, James Alade, is a Yoruba man, while her mother, Helen Uzoma, is of Igbo origin.
3. Peak Talent Show success catapulted her to fame: Yemi gained prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009. She later released her first single “Fimisile” under the Jus’ Kiddin’ label. However, she made her musical debut in an all-girl group called Noty Spices in 2005.
4. Effyzzie Music Group groomed her: In 2012, she signed onto the music label, Effyzzie Music Group where she has grown in leaps and bounds in the last four years. She also released her moderately successful single, “Ghen Ghen Love” under the label in 2012.
5. Johnny gave her international acclaim: In the last quarter of 2013, Yemi 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.