Government Name: Yemi Eberechi Alade
Date of Birth: March 13, 1989
Yemi Alade is a Nigerian Afropop singer and songwriter born in Abia State, Nigeria. Alade is the fifth of seven children in her family. She attended St Saviour British Primary School, and then went on to Victory Grammar School in Lagos, before obtaining a degree in Geography at the University of Lagos.
Alade made her musical debut in an all-girl group called Noty Spices in 2005, but her music became widely popular after she won the Peak Talent Show in 2009.
In 2013, her single, “Johnny”, produced by Selebobo, was leaked on the internet. The song became an international hit in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom, among others. She later teamed up with cinematographer Clarence Peters and released an official music video for the song “Johnny” in 2014 which now holds the record for the most YouTube views by an African female artist.
Alade has been featured on the covers of several magazines and performed around the world, sharing stages and songs with Mary J. Blige, Shina Peters, M.I, Wizkid, Becca, May D, Waje and Yemi Sax. She also headlined the Super Diva’s Nite at the 2013 Calabar Festival, and opened for the 2013 Headies Awards.
She has twice won Best Female Act at the MTV African Music Awards and received several nominations at several top Award schemes including the BET, MOBO, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, City People Awards