Beautiful and with an amazing voice, she goes by the name Temitope Openiyi and she’s professionally known as Tems. Tems was highly acclaimed for her feature on the breakthrough song ‘Essence’ which made huge waves on both local and international scenes.
Biography of Tems
Tems’ full name is Temitope Openiyi. She was born on 11 June, 1995. Her father is a British-Nigerian while her mother is a Nigerian. Tems sang in the school choir during her early school days.
She once recounted how she practised with her brother’s guitar when she was young and experimenting with music. Growing up, her mother made her listen to only Christian songs. However, she got exposed to other genres in her teenage years and fell in love with artists like Beyoncé, Adele, Rihanna, and so on.
Tems is 27 years of age and would be 28 by June 2023.
She attended Dowen College in Nigeria. After completing Dowen College, she moved to Johannesburg South Africa to read Economics.
Tems came into the limelight with her debut song ‘Mr. Rebel’ which she produced herself. The song did well and got quite a good number of streams (on music platforms) and views on YouTube. Her subsequent release, ‘Try me’ also penetrated the music market further and gave the artist more recognition.
Her debut E.P. ‘For broken ears’ was released in 2020. The follow up E.P titled: ‘Orange play’ was released in 2021. In 2018, she released her first studio album -Illumination.
Tems got featured by Nigerian singer Wizkid on the hit song ‘Essence’ which is a single on the album- Made in Lagos. The song charted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 songs of 2021. Essence also earned Tems two BET awards and other international accolades.
Tems’ Net worth
Tems’ net worth is estimated to be $3 million.
- She earned a Golden Globe award nomination for Best Original song for the song ‘Lift me up’ that she co-wrote with Rihanna.
- She is the first African female artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 after she was featured on Future’s song ‘Wait for U’ which peaked at number one.
- She was featured on Wizkid’s song Essence which peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100; the highest charting African song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.