Musician Yemi Eberechi Alade, also known as Yemi Alade, is a Nigerian Afro-pop singer who came to the glare of publicity after she won the maiden edition of the ‘Peak Talent Show’ in 2009. Since then, she has stood out and has gained public attention even more.
The ‘King of all Queens’ was born on March 13, 1989, to a Yoruba father (James Alade) and an Igbo mother (Helen Uzoma) in Abia state, the main reason she is fondly called a “Yoruba-Igbo girl”
Yemi Alade was born into a family of 7 as the 5th child of her parents. Her father was a former commissioner of police. She schooled in Lagos, attending St Saviour British Primary School, before enrolling in Victory Grammar School, Lagos. She also obtained a degree in Geography from the University of Lagos.
Ever since her early days, Yemi has been obsessed with good music. She kept trying to write songs at every moment, whether she was happy or down and out. When Yemi Alade was discovered she was a student at the University of Lagos. She, however, testifies about the value of the training that she got in the course of the talent hunt that launched her into public consciousness. According to her, “Before now, I had always relied on the fact that I can sing. However, now that I have gone through a competition and done some professional training, I realize that I have a lot more to learn about the art and the business. I am more convinced now more than ever that this is the reason I am here.”
After winning the talent hunt show, she went on to continue wowing audiences and performing at select gatherings like the Industry Night at Saipan. She was soon signed to Adebayo Omisore-owned Jus’ Kiddin’ Entertainment.
The beautiful singer headlined the Super Diva’s Nite at the 2013 Calabar Festival and was also called upon to open the 2013 edition of the televised Headies Awards ceremony (popularly referred to as the Nigerian Grammys) with an electrifying performance.
She released her first single “Fimisile” under the Jus’ Kiddin’ label.
In 2012, she joined the music label, Effyzzie Music Group, and released her single “Ghen Ghen Love”.
The next year, the star released the video for her romantic afro-R&B song “Bamboo” which was produced by Fliptyce. “Bamboo” turned into a popular wedding song until the last quarter of 2013 when she wrecked records with her hit single, “Johnny”, produced by Selebobo.
The song became an international smash hit after it was leaked. It took over the music charts in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom, among others.
The song was named one of the best songs of 2013, though it hit the internet towards the end of the year and had no music video.
The ‘Effyzzie Music Group’ beau has since then performed across the globe, sharing the stage and songs with both international and local acts like Mary J. Blige, Shina Peters, M.I, Wizkid, Becca, May D, Waje and Yemi Sax.
Yemi Alade is not married and there has been no real news of a steady boyfriend but she has been linked to some other celebrities in the course of her fame. After her hit song ‘Johnny’ came out, she was linked to actor Alex Ekubo who played the role of the lover boy in the video. She later referred to him as a cool and lovable guy who people only imagine that she is dating.
Yemi Alade has also been linked to fellow music star Phyno who she admitted to having a crush on. She said on an MTV Base real talk episode that she was open to the idea of the two of them dating. It has also been said that Yemi Alade has had a crush on Flavour N’abania although she also confessed that the feelings have long passed.