Where is Tems from? Nigerian singer Tems has exploded onto the world scene the past couple of years – raising questions about her background.
Born Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, is a Nigerian singer/songwriter and record producer.
Tems rose to prominence in recent times with her feature on the mega hit Essence featuring Wizkid.
The single catapulted her not only to national but international acclaim.
Tems has since gone on to fly the flag of Nigeria admirably, receiving nominations in the Grammy Awards and Soul Train Music Awards all in the United States.
Nigeriabombshell.com today dives into the question where is Tems from? Read on to learn about her history, background, biography, age, net worth, height, Instagram, songs etc
Tems is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, born Temilade Openiyi on the 11th of July 1995 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Interested in learning where is Tems from? Tems is clearly a Nigerian from the most populous state, Lagos.
The singer was born to a Nigerian mother and a British-Nigerian father in 1995. Tems age is 27 years old. She celebrates her birthday on the 11th of July every year and turns 28 in just over a month. Tems height is 5 foot 9 inches (175 centimetres) tall.
Temilade’s family moved to the United Kingdom when she was still a child but sadly, her parents divorced when she was just 5 years old and her mother relocated to Nigeria after her divorce.
Growing up in Lagos, Tems was raised in Illupeju, later moving to Lekki and Ajah after that.
Tems started singing in her church choir as a young girl, honing the talent and skills that would later make her a global superstar. At school, she was noticed by her music teacher and learned to play the piano. She practised singing with her brother and often used his guitar accompaniment.
For her education, Tems attended primary school in Lagos where she was raised.
She attended the now-infamous Dowen College in Lekki for her secondary education before moving to Johanessburg in Gauteng province, South Africa, where she continued her education at the Monash South Africa University.
As noted earlier, Tems started singing very early through a church choir where her talent was discovered.
Her mother only listened to Christian music when she was young and Tems later started listening to RnB on her own.
Her influences include Beyonce, Lil Wayne and Aaliyah.
Following her tertiary education, Tems landed a lucrative job but didn’t last in that as she had the urge to pursue music full time.
In 2018, she quit her job to pursue music full-time. Tems started watching self-production videos on YouTube from where she taught herself better production skills.
Having honed her craft a bit, Tems dropped her first single Mr Rebel later that year, followed by Try Me in August 2019.
She completely and unexpectedly blew up with her videos amassing massie following. Her Try Me music video has garnered over 15 million views on YouTube alone!
Tems path to stardom took off when she featured alongside Davido on a reworked version of American singer-songwriter Khalid and Disclosure’s single Know Your Worth.
She released her first EP (Extended Play) known as For Broken Ears in September 2020.
On October 2020, she featured on Wizkid’s Essence from the Made in Lagos album.
Essence debuted at the number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, Tems’ first appearance on the prestigious chart.
She won two Soul Train Music Awards and Two NAACP Image Awards off that, whilst also receiving a Best Global Music Performance Grammy nomination.
In August 2021, Wizkid and Tems reworked Essence featuring Justin Bieber.
She also appeared on Fountains, a single off Drake’s Certified Lover Boy album, which debuted number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Tems dropped her second EP, If Orange Was A Place, in September 2021.
Tems career is now massively established as one of the best Nigerian music acts of this generation – not bad for someone who people even have to wonder where is Tems from!
She won the Best International Act award at the 2022 BET awards, beating off stiff competition to pick up the award and make history as the first female Nigerian act to win the award.
Justin Bieber, Wizkid and Tems also won the award for best collaboration for their single Essence.
Tems further made history when she became a Grammy winner at the 2023 Grammys after WAIT FOR U by Future picked up the Best Melodic Rap Performance award.
“Wait for U” is a song by American rapper Future, featuring vocals from Canadian rapper and singer Drake and Nigerian singer Tems.
The song samples Tems’ song, “Higher”, from her debut extended play, For Broken Ears (2020).
At the 2023 Grammy Awards, WAIT FOR U won the Best Melodic Rap performance award, making Tems a Nigerian Grammy winner.
The Nigerian crooner has covered Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry for the Marvel movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack which she was credited alongside Rihanna. She was also a guest artist on Beyoncé’s album Renaissance, collaborating on the song “Move” with Grace Jones whilst co-wroting Rihanna’s song “Lift Me Up” for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.
Tems is signed to the record labels RCA Records and Leading Vibes.
Where Is Tems From?
Tems is from Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria. Although being born to a Nigerian mother and Nigerian-British father, Tems is a native of Lagos.
Lagos is name of both a city and state situated in South West Nigeria.
Lagos or Lagos City, according to Wikipedia, is the most populous city in Nigeria as well as Africa, with an estimated population of 21 million in 2015.
The estimated population for Lagos city was more than 24 million in 2022; and around 30 million for the Lagos metropolitan area, including the suburban area reaching far into the neighbouring Ogun State, thus making Lagos the most populous urban area in Africa.
Lagos was the national capital of Nigeria until December 1991 following the government’s decision to move their capital to Abuja in the centre of the country.
Lagos is a major African financial centre and is the economic hub of Lagos State and Nigeria at large. The city has been described as the cultural, financial, and entertainment capital of Africa, and is a significant influence on commerce, entertainment, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, and fashion.
Lagos is also among the top ten of the world’s fastest-growing cities and urban areas.
Tems was born in Lagos and started her early life there where she is from. Her family relocated to the United Kingdom as a child but she was back in Nigeria by five years old when her parents divorced.
She grew up in the Illupeju, Lekki and Ajah areas of Lagos State.
Tems and Wizkid
If there is one artist who has played a major role in taking Tems from where she is from to international superstardom aside from herself, that would be Ayodeji Balogun, aka Wizkid.
After her initial career success, Tems needed a big name to push her to the next level and that arrived via a collaboration with Wizkid.
On 30 October 2020, Tems was featured on the singly by Wizkid titled “Essence”, from his fourth studio album, Made in Lagos. The song earned a number-one spot on BBC 1Xtra Airplay Chart and also earned her first career entry on Billboard Hot 100 at number 9.
Tems won a Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Global Music Performance for her performance on Essence.
On 13 August 2021, a reworked version of “Essence”, featuring Canadian singer Justin Bieber, was released and that propelled the song to reach number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.
Interestingly, despite the success of Essence, Tems says she wasn’t exactly pleased with her work when she first sent it to Wizkid.
When asked about Essence and if she thought the song would ever be as big as it is today when she was recording it, Tems said:” I mean, not in the least bit, I don’t even think about it like that. Even the day I recorded it I was still like ‘”Mm, I can do better. Send me the beat and let me do it again.” They were like no, this is great, but I was still like I want to do add some more, I was trying to top it and they didn’t let me.
“It’s not that I wasn’t happy with it but I always like to challenge myself and I used to be such a perfectionist so I just thought I could do much better. At the end I just gave up and was like, ‘this is fine’. I had no clue. Wiz was like ‘THIS IS MAD’, and I was like ‘I mean, okay.’
For those in the dark, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known professionally as Wizkid, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. A prominent figure in the modern-day Afrobeats music scene, Wizkid is regarded as one of the biggest and most influential African artists of all time.
So far, Wizkid and Tems have given us one of the best collaborations of all time with Essence!
Nigerian singer, Tems net worth is estimated at $1.5million.
Tems is found on Instagram @temsbaby
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