Yemi Eberechi Alade (born 13 March 1989), is a Nigerian Afropop singer, songwriter, actress, and activist. She won the Peak Talent Show in 2009 after which she signed to Effyzzie Music Group, and had a hit with her single “Johnny” in 2014. Since then Yemi has gained prominence in the music industry and is considered one of the biggest artists in Africa. Following the releases of her albums King of Queens and Mama Africa with the huge commercial success recorded for both albums, this made her embark on world tours consecutively.
She won the MTV African Music Awards for Best female in 2015 and 2016 consecutively and was nominated for Artiste of the Year in 2015, making her the first female to win the MAMAs for Best female consecutively twice and nominated for Artiste of the Year. In 2015, Alade was the first Nigerian female to be nominated for the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) for Best African Act and was nominated for the BET awards for Best International Act: Africa in 2015 and 2016. Yemi is also applauded for her creative and overwhelming stage performances, fashion, and music videos, She has won The Headies Award for Best Performer twice, 2018 and 2019. The slot was initiated at The Headies 2018 and she was the first artist to win the category.
Alade was raised in a multi-tribal home from Nigeria, Her father James Alade was a commissioner of police from Ondo State, Nigeria while her mother Helen Uzoma is a native of Abia State, Nigeria. According to Yemi, She taps from the Igbo and Yoruba ethnicities of her parents. Alade attended secondary School at Victory Grammar School, Ikeja, and the University of Lagos, (both in Lagos, Nigeria)
During her university education, Alade took part in a TV talent show called Peak Talent Show where she emerged a winner. That was Alade’s debut appearance on TV and where she gained popularity. She was then signed to Effyzzie Music Group.
Yemi Alade’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million, according to the list of richest musicians in Africa & Net Worth 2021.