Yemi Alade is one of the top and talented Nigeria hip hop singer. She has contributed a lot in industry that gives other female assurance that they can also make it.
Yemi Eberechi Alade, better known as Yemi Alade, is a Nigerian Afropop singer and songwriter who was born on March 13, 1989. Her father, James Alade, was a commissioner of police of Yoruba descent, and her mother is of Igbo descent. She was born in Abia but grew up in Ondo. Yemi is the fifth of her family’s seven children.
She attended St. Saviour British Primary School and Victory Grammar School for her secondary in Lagos. She later further to the University of Lagos where she studied Geography.
Yemi Alade began her career as a member of the girl group Noty Spices before winning the Peak Talent Show in 2009.
Effyzzie Music Group signed Yemi Alade in 2012 and released her single “Ghen Ghen Love.” She later released another single, “Bamboo,” produced by Fliptyce, which became a wedding song. She followed up with “Johnny,” which was produced by Selebobo and became a hit and trend throughout Africa, as well as parts of America and Europe. On YouTube, the video received over 100 million views.
Yemi Alade debut studio album King of Queens was released on October 2, 2014, collaborated with producers such as Selebobo, Sizzle Pro, Shady Bizniz, Philkeyz, Young D, GospelOnDeBeatz, DIL, OJB Jezreel, Mr Chidoo, Fliptyce, EL Mcee and Beat Nation. She promoted the album by touring several Africa countries.
Her second studio album Mama Africa was released on March 25, 2016. Yemi said it would focus on the strengths and weaknesses of an African woman. The album combines elements of Afropop, highlife, R&B, coupé-décalé, hip-hop and pop. She collaborated with artists from West Africa, East Africa and South Africa and produced by GospelOnDeBeatz, DJ Coublon, Selebobo, Philkeyz, BeatsByEmzo, Masterkraft, Rotimi Keys and Mr. Chidoo. Collaborated artist are P-Square, Sarkodie, Sauti Sol, Flavour N’abania, Rotimi Keys, DJ Arafat and Selebobo.
Yemi’s third studio album Black Magic was released on December 15, 2017. Collaborated with Falz and Olamide produced by DJ Coublon, Vtek, Sarz, Krizbeatz, Young D, Sess, Fliptyce, IAmBeat, Philkeyz, 2Kriss and Echo. It was supported by the previously released singles “Knack Am”, “Single & Searching” and “Heart Robber”.
In July 2019, Alade became the first African female artist to reach one million subscribers on YouTube. Alade was featured on “Don’t Jealous Me”, a track from Beyoncé’s soundtrack album The Lion King: The Gift. She appeared on the track alongside Mr Eazi and Tekno.
In 2019, she released her fourth studio album, woman of steel featuring multiple award winner Angélique Kidjo, American rapper Rick Ross and Yoruba actress Funke Akindele.
In September 2019, Yemi Alade signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Africa (UMA) and UMG France. Yemi Alade’s exclusive worldwide record partner will be UMA, while UMG France will be the international rollout partner for all of her label releases.
Yemi Alade has gone on three world tours following her studio albums:
Mama Africa Tour
Black Magic Tour
Woman of Steel Tour
Albums & EP
King of Queens (2014)
Mama Africa (2016)
Black Magic (2017)
Woman of Steel (2019)
Mama Afrique (EP) (2017)
Ghen Ghen Love (2013)
Taking Over Me (2015)
Do as I Do
Kom Kom (featuring Flavour)
Africa (featuring Sauti Sol)
Knack Am (2017)
Single and Searching
Bum Bum (2018)
Oh My Gosh
How I Feel
Give Dem (featuring Duncan Mighty)
Remind You (2020)
Shekere (featuring Angélique Kidjo)
Classic Girl Freestyle (Jidenna’s “Classic Man” cover) (2015)
Koffi Anan (Freestyle) (2016)
Get Through This (featuring Mi Casa) (2017)
Bum Bum (2018)
How I Feel
Oh My Gosh
Yemi Alade is one of the richest and successful female musicians in Nigeria so her net worth is $3 million.
Awards & Nomination
Won Best Female Artiste in Western Africa with (kissing) at 2015 Afrima Award
Won Best Female Artiste in Western Africa with (Oh my gosh) at 2018 Afrima Award
Won Best Female with (Herself) at 2015 MTV African Music Award
Won Best Female with (Herself) at 2016 MTV African Music Award
Nominated Artiste of the Year with (Herself) at 2016 MTV African Music Award
Won Best Album-World Beat with (Mama Africa) at 2016 Independent Music Award
Nominated Best International Act: Africa with (Herself) at 2015 BET Awards
Nominated Best International Act (Herself) at 2016 BET Awards
Nominated Female Artist of the Year with (Herself) at 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Won Female artiste of the year with (Herself) at 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Nominated Female Musician of the Year with (Herself) at 2014 City People Entertainment Awards
Nominated Best African Act with (Herself) at 2014 MOBO Awards
Nominated Female Artiste of the Year with (Herself) at 2012 YEM Awards
Nominated Most Promising Female with (Herself) at 2013 ELOY Awards
Nominated African Video of the Year with (Want You) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Nominated Best African Female Video with (Want You) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Nominated Best West African Video with (Want You) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Nominated Best Afro Pop Video with (Want You) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Nominated Best African Dance Video with (Want You) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Nominated Best African Traditional Video
with (Ferrari) at 2016 WatsUp Tv Africa Music Video Awards
Won Best Performer with (Herself) at 2017 The Headies Awards
Won Best Performer with (Herself) at 2018 The Headies Awards
Won Best Performer with (Herself) at 2019 The Headies Awards
Nominated Artiste of the Year with (Herself) at 2016 The Headies Awards
Won Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year with (Herself) at 2015 The Headies Awards
Yemi Alade’s net worth is presently estimated at $5 million.