Yemi Alade is a multi-award-winning Nigerian Afrobeat/R&B artiste, songwriter, composer, actress, fashion icon, philanthropist and Africa’s biggest female artiste. In 2016, she was named Shell’s Brand Ambassador for Africa, and in 2014 was named African Ambassadorfor Peace by the Democratic Republic of Congo, receiving the honour from the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Congo.
She was born March 13, 1989 in Abia State, Nigeria, to Helen Alade, a business woman and James Alade, a retired Police Commissioner. Her mother is a native of southeastern Nigeria and her father is of southwestern Nigerian descent. She is popularly referred to as the “Ghen Ghen Babe” and “the Yoruba-Ibo Girl” by virtue of her electrifying stagecraft, music, edgy and unmatched style, evolving African style and her bi-tribal descent, and is thefifth of seven siblings.
She grew up listening to popular R&B music of the late 80s and early 90s including singers like Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. The captivating vocal ability she possessed placed her in the church adult choir at the age of twelve and she was known to have made melodies from everyday conversations. In her words, “I have practically lived my life on stage.” She was exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. She grew up in several Nigerian cities due to her father’s job description.
She is the first African female Afrobeat artiste to hit over 56 million views on YouTube and VEVO with her smash hit single, Johnny. She is one of the most recognizable female faces on the Afrobeat music scene, conquering the music charts throughout Africa.
She became the first contemporary Nigerian artiste to release a song fully recorded in French. She released the French version of her smash hit song “Johnny” due to popular demand from her fans in France and many Francophone countries.
She’s not only got beauty, but she got brains too. In 2010, she earned a BSc Degree in Geography from the University of Lagos.