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4 Times Tems Proved That She’s A Global Icon

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A 26-year-old Temilade Openiyi better known as Tems is a Nigerian artist, singer, and producer who is making waves in Nigeria’s music scene, and beyond. She has gained worldwide recognition with her sultry voice.

  • Temilade Openiyi was born on 11 June 1995 in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • In 2018, Tems quit her job to pursue a career in music.

The last few years have witnessed Tems transform from the latest child on the block to a chart-topping international sensation. Tems wasn’t kidding when she sang “Crazy Tings”. In this article, we’ll look at the times she has proven that she’s a global icon.

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1. Featuring In Wikid’s Made In Lagos Album

The collaboration between Wizkid and Tems led to ‘Essence’, Wizkid’s 4th single off the M.I.L album. Her smooth, velvety vocals were a big one of the reasons why “Essence” was not an average hit, but a worldwide success! It was the first Nigerian track to be charted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, it received a Grammy nomination, and even it was a Justin Bieber remix!

2. Featuring In Drake’s Certified Lover Boy Album


The year 2021 was the time Tems joined forces together with Canadian artist and rapper Drake for the song “Fountains’. It was the 17th track from the Certified Lover Boy album. She says she began listening to his music in her teens.

3. Making Barack Obama’s Favorite Music List

Tems (and Wizkid) with their breakthrough hit song ‘Essence’ was on Barack Obama’s top 10 songs list for 2020! Alongside having the distinction of being the 44th President of the United States and the country’s first black president, Obama is also among the most influential personalities in the world.

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4. Bagging International Endorsements

In December 2021, the singer became the brand ambassador for the American top-quality clothing brand, Tommy Hilfiger. Two months later, she’s doing it again, this time with an international agreement, this time with a sportswear company, Reebok.

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