Who is Tems? People trolled Tems’ white gown at the Oscars, claiming that those sitting behind her couldn’t see what was going on on stage.
On Sunday, March 12, she attended the 95th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Who is Tems?
Tems (born Temilade Openiyi) is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. She gained international recognition after she was featured on WizKid’s song “Essence” which became a global hit in 2020.
Tems was born on June 11, 1996, in Lagos, Nigeria. She grew up in a music-loving family and started singing at a young age. She later attended Dowen College in Lagos before moving to Johannesburg, South Africa to study music.
Tems started her music career in 2018 with the release of her debut single “Mr Rebel”. She has since released several other singles including “These Days” and “Damages” which have also gained international acclaim.
Tems has been described as a talented singer with a unique style that blends elements of R&B, soul, and Afrobeat. She has been nominated for several awards including the Headies Awards, and she was featured on the 2021 Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list.
There is not much information available about Tems’ parents. However, it is known that her mother was a gospel singer and her father was a drummer.
Tems has mentioned in interviews that her parents were very supportive of her music career and that they encouraged her to pursue her passion for music from a young age.
In an interview with NativeMag, Tems described her mother as her biggest inspiration, saying, “My mum is my greatest inspiration. She’s a gospel singer, and I grew up listening to her sing all kinds of music. I also have siblings who are musically inclined, and we all grew up playing different instruments, so music has always been a big part of my life.”
Tems attended Dowen College in Lagos for her secondary education and later studied economics at the University of Lagos. During her time in university, she began writing and recording music and eventually decided to pursue music as a career.
Tems’ music is a fusion of R&B, soul, and Afrobeat, and she credits Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, and Asa as influences. Her distinct sound has earned her a devoted following, and she has emerged as one of the most exciting young artists in Nigeria’s thriving music scene.