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Yemi Alade
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Background information
Birth name Yemi Eberechi Alade
Born March 13, 1989 (age 28)
Abia StateNigeria
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2005–present
Labels Effyzzie Music Group
Associated acts

Yemi Eberechi Alade (born 13 March 1989),[1] simply known as Yemi Alade, is a Nigerian Afropop singer and songwriter. She gained prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009, and is best known for her hit single “Johnny“.[2][3][4][5]

Early life

Yemi Eberechi Alade was born on March 13, 1989 in Abia StateNigeria. Her father James Alade is of Yoruba origin while her mother Helen Uzoma is of Igbo origin resulting in her being referred 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 in Lagos, before obtaining a degree in Geography at the University of Lagos.[6]

Music career

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.[7]

In 2012, she signed onto the music label, Effyzzie Music Group, and released her single “Ghen Ghen Love”.[8]

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 most recent 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 has been 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.

Alade has been featured on the covers of several magazines and performed around the world, sharing stages and songs with Mary J. BligeShina PetersM.IWizkidBecca, May D, Waje and Yemi Sax. She also headlined the Super Diva’s Nite at the 2013 Calabar Festival, and opened for the 2013 Headies Awards (popularly referred to as the “Nigerian Grammys“).

In 2014, Alade was featured on Yung6ix’s track “Lights”, as well as on a remix of “Sebiwo” by Beninese afropop star Lace. Alade teamed up with award-winning cinematographer Clarence Peters to create a music video for “Johnny”, which was released in March 2014 to critical acclaim and now has more than 32 million views on YouTube, as of December 2015.[9]

Alade 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 appeared as a guest artist on Falz’s debut album.

She released her debut album, King of Queens, on 2 October 2014, and then went on tour.[10] Yemi Alade then released her second studio album, titled “Mama Africa”, in March 2016.




  • Mama Afrique (2017)

Selected singles

  • “Fimisile” (2009)
  • “Ghen Ghen Love” (2013)
  • “Johnny” (October 2013)
  • “Classic Girl Freestyle” (Jidenna‘s “Classic Man” cover) (2015)
  • “Na Gode” (July 2015)
  • “Koffi Anan” (Freestyle) (January 2016)[11]
  • “Ferrari” (March 2016)
  • “Kom Kom (ft. Flavour)” (May 2016)
  • “Want You” (July 2016)
  • “Africa (ft. Sauti Sol)” (July 2016)
  • “Tumbum” (November 2016)
  • “Knack Am” (2017)
  • “Get Through This (ft. Mi Casa)” (2017)
  • ”Single and Searching” (November 2017)

Awards and nominations

WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref
2016 Want You African Video of the Year Nominated [12]
Best African Female Video Nominated [13]
Best West African Video Nominated [14]
Best Afro Pop Video Nominated [15]
Best African Dance Video Nominated [16]
Ferrari Best African Traditional Video Nominated [17]

MTV African Music Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Herself Best Female [18] Won
2016 Herself Best Female [19] Won

BET Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Herself Best International Act: Africa [20] Nominated

Nigeria Entertainment Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Herself Female Artist of the Year[21] Nominated

City People Entertainment Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Herself Female Musician of the Year [22] Nominated

MOBO Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Herself Best African Act[23] Nominated

YEM Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2012 Herself Female Artiste of the Year[24] Nominated

ELOY Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 Herself Most Promising Female[25] Nominated


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