Nigerian singer and songwriter, Tems, has received a nod by TIME magazine as a leading voice in the international music industry.
Born Temilade Openiyi, the music star was named as one of the people “who have achieved peak influence in their fields” in the 2023 TIME’s Next 100 list published on Wednesday.
Writing for the magazine, Grammy-winning singer, Mary J. Blige, compared Tems to legendary musician, Nina Simone, because they both “sing with emotion and conviction”.
Blige also expressed hope that Tems will one day become one of the biggest artistes of her time.
“Tems is in a class all by herself because no other artist sounds like her. That voice is so unique and original, so much so that it reminds me of the first time I heard Nina Simone. They both sing with emotion and conviction, making you feel every word they sing.
“When Tems and I finally had a chance to meet last year at the Grammy Awards, we just exploded on each other, giving each other so much love. I know she will make it far because she’s a talented writer, singer, and producer—my only hope for her is that she becomes one of the biggest artists of her time,” Blige wrote.
Tems is not the only Nigerian mentioned on the list, the founder and CEO of health start-up, Cityblock Health, Dr. Toyin Ajayi was also applauded for “addressing social drivers of poor health and creating sustainable change for vulnerable communities.”
Another Nigerian tech founder, Wemimo Abbey made the list alongside co-founder Samir Goel, for their startup, Esusu, which helps immigrants “build credit in America by reporting tenants’ on-time rent payments to credit bureaus.”
Abbey and Goel also expressed their commitment to broadening the company’s financial services in order “to help reduce the racial wealth gap”.
Ilebaye wins Big Brother Naija All Star Season
Ilebaye has emerged winner of 2023 Big Brother Naija All Star Season defeating Mercy Eke; the first runner up, to win the N120 million naira cash prize among others.
The 2023 All Star finalist were Ilebaye; winner, Mercy Eke; first runner up, Ceec; second runner up, Adekunle; third runner up, Cross and Pere.
Ex-wife asked me to choose between her and Mohbad – Late singer’s father
Joseph Aloba, the father of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, better known as Mohbad, has said his ex-wife, who happens to be Mohbad’s first stepmom, once asked him to choose between Mohbad and her.
Aloba said this while clarifying Mohbad’s lyric in the song, “Sorry”.
Aloba, while shedding more light on the lyrics, disclosed that his relationship with her was complicated.
He stated that his decision to choose Mohbad over her led to her packing out from the family.
“The stepmother told me one day, ‘Choose me or your son.’ I chose my son (Mohbad) and she packed her loads and left. I and the lady were together for more than seven years. I married her around 2005. That stepmother did not want me to send Mohbad to school, and I chose my son. And she decided to leave,” Aloba said while speaking exclusively with Saturday PUNCH.
Mohbad died at the age of 27, on September 12 and was buried the next day.
Circumstances leading to his death have yet to be unraveled. However, the Lagos State Police Command has begun an investigation into the case.
Veteran actor Suara Is dead
Veteran Nollywood actor Oluyemi Lawrence Adeyemi popularly known as Suara, is dead.
The actor, according to a statement signed by his son, Adedotun Adeyemi, died on Sunday, September 24.
“It is with a heavy heart but with total submission to God that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, Oluyemi Lawrence Adeyemi (Suara), who went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 24, 2023.
“We are consoled because we know that he has gone to rest. We kindly request that the family be allowed some privacy in this time of grief. More details about the burial will be communicated soon.”
Adeyemi rose to fame with his role in the 2001 Wale Adenuga hit series, ‘Super Story.’
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