Yemi Alade – ‘Being partly Yoruba and Igbo Helped my Career’


Yemi Alade born Yemi Eberechi Alade is a Nigerian Afropop singer who gained prominence after winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009.

In an interview with Sunday Scoop, the vivacious singer revealed how being from two different tribes has helped her career.

She said:

“You cannot underestimate the importance and role of tribes in Nigeria as it is taken very seriously. I am very proud of my heritage as an African and I try to portray in every way that I can and everywhere I go. Being partly Yoruba and Igbo is a big plus for me as it has helped me to connect with both cultures. However, I believe that both cultures are inextricably intertwined because they share a lot of similarities,”

Yemi also stated that her first hit, Johnny was released by mistake.

She said, “I was in the studio with Selebobo and we were just goofing around trying to come up with a nice sound. The first line for the song just came out playfully and I continued. I never thought that it would become a hit and if not that the song was leaked, I may never have released it.”

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