Nigerian Afropop superstar, Yemi Eberechi Alade, simply known as Yemi Alade is celebrating her 30th birthday today.
The diva took to her Instagram page to share a photo to celebrate and wrote,
“I am grateful GOD …. @yemialade I HAVE FOUND FAVOUR AND GRACE WITH GOD.
KEEP WORKING HARD, KEEP BREAKING BARRIERS, KEEP WINNING YEMI ALADE.
#HAPPYBIRTHDAY TO ME ❤”
Yemi Eberechi Alade was born on March 13, 1989 in Abia State, Nigeria. Her father, James Alade – a Police Commissioner – is of Yoruba origin while her mother Helen Uzoma is of Igbo origin resulting in her being referred as “Yoruba-Igbo girl”. She’s from Ondo State. Alade is the fifth out of the seven children in her family.
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. She later released her first single “Fimisile” under the Jus’ Kiddin’ label.
In 2012, she signed onto the music label, Effyzzie Music Group, and released her single “Ghen Ghen Love”.
In July 2013, Alade released the video for her afro-R&B song “Bamboo”, produced by Fliptyce. “Bamboo” went on to be a moderate hit and a popular wedding song. In the last quarter of 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. At the time it had no accompanying music video.
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.
Alade teamed up with cinematographer Clarence Peters to create a music video for “Johnny”, which was released in March 2014 to critical acclaim and now has more than 100 million views on YouTube, as of June 2018.
She released her debut album, King of Queens, on 2 October 2014, and then went on tour. Alade then released her second studio album, titled Mama Africa, in March 2016.
In 2018, she released a well accepted tune entitled “Oh My Gosh”, No one can take the “Mama Africa” title from her anytime soon.