Yemi Alade’s biography: age, net worth, husband, where is she from?

Yemi Alade’s biography: age, net worth, husband, where is she from?

Yemi Alade, a renowned Nigerian singer, is a household name in Africa. She is known for her versatile music production spanning Afro-pop, R&B, Highlife, and Dancehall genres. She rose to fame after winning the 2009 Peak Talent Show singing contest and has since released various hit songs, including Johnny, Na Gode, and Ferrari. Some of her best collaborations are Africa (ft. Sauti Sol) and Nakupenda (ft. Nyashinski).

Yemi Alade’s husband
Yemi Alade wearing black braids and a short red haircut. Photo: @KingYemiAlade (modified by author)
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After the Johnny hit was released in 2014, Yemi Alade became the first African female Afropop artist to hit over 89 million YouTube views. Her success, electrifying music, and superb stage performances have earned her the Ghen Ghen babe and the Yoruba-Ibo girl nicknames from fans. This article delves deep into Yemi Alade's career and personal life to help you understand the singer better.

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Profile summary

Full nameYemi Eberechi Alade
GenderFemale
Birthdate13 March 1989
BirthplaceAbia State, Nigeria
Raised inLagos State, Nigeria
Current residenceNigeria
Age34 (as of 2023)
Zodiac signPisces
NationalityNigerian
FatherJames Alade
MotherHelen Uzoma
Brothers4
Sisters2
Marital statusSingle
Primary schoolSaviour British Primary School
Secondary school Victory Grammar School
CollegeThe University of Lagos
QualificationDegree in Geography
CareerSinger, songwriter, actress, philanthropist, and activist
InstrumentVocals
GenresAfro-pop, R&B, Highlife, and Dancehall
Years active2009 to present
Net worth$5 million
Instagram@yemialade
Facebook@KingYemiAlade
X (Twitter)@yemialadee
YouTube@YemiAlade

Who is Yemi Alade?

She is a multiple award-winning Afro-pop/R&B artist from Nigeria. Besides being a vocalist, Yemi Eberechi Alade is a songwriter, philanthropist, activist, and actress.

Where is Yemi Alade from?

The singer was born in Abia State, southeastern Nigeria, but was raised in Lagos State in the southwestern part of the country.

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How old is Yemi Alade?

Yemi is 34 as of 2023. The singer was born on 13 March 1989.

Yemi Alade's parents and siblings

Yemi Alade's father, James Alade, is a retired police commissioner. He is from the Yoruba tribe of Ondo State. On the other hand, her mum, Helen Uzoma, is an Igbo native of Abia State. The songstress is the fifth in a family of seven children. She has four brothers and two sisters.

Yemi Alade’s age
Yemi Alade wearing Ankara attire. Photo: @KingYemiAlade (modified by author)
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Educational background

The singer attended the Saviour British Primary School and Victory Grammar School in Ikeja, Lagos. After that, she got a degree in Geography from the University of Lagos.

Yemi Alade music career

Yemi's professional music career began in 2009, the same year she won the Peak Talent Show. In 2012, she signed a contract with Effyzzie Music Group, which released most of her songs. In September 2019, Alade signed a multi-year licensing deal with Universal Music Africa (UMA) and UMG France.

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Her fame spread throughout Africa in 2014 after she released Johnny. The track topped music charts in African countries and the United Kingdom. The official video of Yemi Alade’s Johnny has 158 million views as of this writing.

The singer has released more songs that were a commercial success. For instance, Yemi Alade’s How I Feel single dominated the mainstream airplay. The track has over 17 million views as of September 2023.

Her latest songs are also doing well on YouTube. YouTube views for Yemi Alade's Begging have skyrocketed within a year. The track was released in August 2022 and now has over 5.3 million views. Meanwhile, Fake Friends (Iró Òre) came out in July 2023 and has already garnered over 2.3 million views.

The star has collaborated with many renowned artists from Africa and beyond. Some of them are Jennifer Hudson, Sauti Sol, Juan Santana, Nyashinski, Pixie Lot, Kat Deluna, Steve Aioki, Trey Songs, Selebobo, Fliptyce, Phyno, R2Bees, and Awilo Longomba.

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Yemi Alade's albums

Yemi Alade has over a hundred songs and five albums:

  • Empress (2020)
  • Woman of Steel (2019)
  • Black Magic (2017)
  • Mama Africa: The Diary Of An African Woman (2016)
  • King Of Queens (2014)

In addition, the singer has three extended plays: African Baddie (2022), Queendoncom (2021), and the Mama Afrique (2017) EP. The EP featured songs from her Mama Africa album.

Yemi Alade’s biography
Yemi Alade wearing cute up-do hairstyles. Photo: @KingYemiAlade (modified by author)
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Yemi Alade's songs

Her songs are on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer. Below are 30 songs from Yemi Alade that have over a million views on YouTube:

  • Fake Friends (Iró Òre)
  • Baddie
  • Begging
  • Fire
  • Sweety
  • Dancina
  • Turn Up
  • True Love
  • Poverty
  • Boyz
  • Vibe
  • Dem Give
  • Home
  • Bounce
  • Oga
  • Number One
  • Oh My Gosh
  • How I Feel
  • Bum Bum
  • Heart Robber
  • Go Down
  • Knack Am
  • Charlie
  • Marry Me
  • Ferrari
  • Sugar n Spice
  • Tumbum
  • Na Gode
  • Kissing
  • Johnny

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How many awards has Yemi Alade won?

The singer has won 14 awards from her many nominations in Nigeria, Africa, and abroad. Below is a complete list of awards Yemi Alade has won:

Year CeremonyAward
2015AFRIMA Awards (All Africa Music Awards)Best Female Artist (Western Africa)
2015Nigeria Entertainment AwardsFemale artist of the year
2015The HeadiesHip-hop World Revelation of the Year
2015MTV African Music AwardsBest Female
2016MTV African Music AwardsBest Female
2016Independent Music AwardsBest Album-World Beat
2016Soundcity MVP AwardsBest Female
2017The HeadiesBest Performer
2018AFRIMMA Awards (African Muzik Magazine Awards)Best Female (Western Africa)
2018AFRIMA Awards (All Africa Music Awards)Best Female Artist
2018The HeadiesBest Performer
2018African Entertainment Awards USA (AEAUSA)Female Artist of the Year
2019The HeadiesBest Performer
2020African Entertainment Awards USA (AEAUSA)Best Female Artist (West Africa)

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Has Yemi Alade won a Grammy before?

The Nigerian singer has never won nor received a nomination for a Grammy award.

Yemi Alade's films and TV shows

The singer has also been featured in the following movies and television shows:

YearFilm/TV show
2017The Voice Nigeria
2019Home (The Movie)
2020Omo Ghetto: The Saga
2020The Voice Nigeria
2020Black Is King

Philanthropic works

The singer owns the Helen and James Pathway Foundation. 0n 7 November 2018, Yemi visited her alma mater, Victory Grammar School, and through her foundation, she donated equipment that could help students with eyesight difficulties to see clearly.

Alade was appointed the United Nations Development Program ambassador in 2021. She has been an activist for environmental conservation and sensitizes the public against gender-based violence.

On 2 March 2022, the singer became the global ambassador for the Pan-African campaign, It's Up To Us, in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation and Africa Centre For Disease Control to encourage Africans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Yemi Alade was appointed a Goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 23 September 2020. She focuses on creating awareness about gender inequality, empowering women, and the impact of global climate change.

Yemi Alade's net worth

Yemi Alade's guesstimated net worth of around $5 million comes from her music career and brand ambassadorial works. She has done promotions for SHELL, Peak Milk, ABC Relaxer, Nairabox, Knorr, Royco, Belaire, and other companies.

Who is Yemi Alade's husband?

Yemi Alade is not married and doesn't have children. In January 2021, fans wrongly assumed she had a traditional wedding with fellow Nigerian singer Patoranking. The public also romantically linked Alade with several Nigerian celebrities in the past, including actor Alexx Ekubo and singers Flavour and Phyno.

Yemi Alade's hairstyles

Yemi is the queen of African fashion. The singer loves unique hairstyles that scream "confidence" and "the African queen." Below are images of some of her most famous styles:

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Yemi Alade hairstyles
Yemi Alade wearing her signature African Bantu knots hairstyle. Photo: @KingYemiAlade (modified by author)
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Yemi Alade does her signature African Bantu knots and other sleek styles. Also, her videos use African-inspired outfits and native hairstyles that complement her African musical style.

Yemi Alade hairstyles
Yemi Alade wearing unique hairstyles. Photo: @KingYemiAlade (modified by author)
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The singer likes unique African hairstyles. She usually does braids or natural bans and wears designer jewelry and outfits to create outstanding dressing styles.

Yemi Alade's accident

Yemi survived a car accident in Spain on 17 August 2023. The accident happened between Barcelona and Benicassim at around 12:06 (noon). The singer was not hurt and could perform on stage seven hours after the incident. She only encountered a minor medical emergency from exhaustion after the long performance.

Facts about Yemi Alade

  • She sings in Yoruba, English, Igbo, French, Swahili, and Portuguese.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge invited her to perform at the Earthshot Prize ceremony at the Alexandra Palace, London, on 17 October 2021.
  • Alade was one of the coaches in The Voice Nigeria Season 2 and The Voice Nigeria Season 2.
  • African artists like Tems, Guchi, Ayra Starr, Ugoccie, and Busiswa have mentioned her as their mentor and role model.

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Yemi Alade is a remarkable singer, philanthropist, and activist. She has been at the top for over two decades because she has a unique talent many can only wish for. On top of this, Africa is proud of her philanthropic works in the United Nations and other achievements.

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