Biography

Temilade Openiyi (born June 11, 1995) is a Nigerian leading female artiste that sits at the intersection of Afrobeats, R&B and Alté genres of music.

The music star who goes by the stage name, Tems, became a sensation in the industry after the release of her debut single, Mr Rebel, whose production was handled by herself.

However, she gained more recognition in the Nigerian music space after she dropped a follow-up single, Try Me. Releasing her debut EP, For Broken Ears, in 2020, Tems became a favourite of millions of Afrobeats fans in the country.

The singer has earned two Billboard Hot 100 entries. The first came from her collaboration with superstar, Wizkid on the single, Essence. While the latter resulted from being featured on Fountains, one of the singles off Drake‘s album, Certified Lover Boy.

 

Tems: History, Bio, Photo
WIKI FACTS & ABOUT DATA
Full Name: Temilade Openiyi
Stage Name: Tems
Born: 11 June 1995 (age 27 years old)
Place of Birth: Lagos, Nigeria
State Of Origin: Lagos State
Nationality: Nigerian
Height: 1.55 m
Parents: Mr and Mrs Openiyi
Siblings: 1
Husband • Spouse: Not Married
Boyfriend • Partner: Wizkid (rum.)
Children: N/A
Occupation: Singer • Songwriter
Net Worth: US$1 million-US$3 million

Early Life

Tems was born on the 11th Of June 1995 to the Yoruba family of Mr and Mrs Openiyi. Her father is British-Nigerian, and from whom she earns her British citizenship. While her mother is a Nigerian who hails from the South West region.

Tems was named Temilade Openiyi by her parents and was birthed in the city of Lagos. She is the second child of the family and has an older brother. Shortly after her birth, the Openiyis moved to the United Kingdom, but their stay in the country was cut short when her parents divorced. Thus, she and her brother moved back with their mum to Nigeria. While her father remained in the UK.

 

On their return, the family first resided in Ilupeju before moving to Victoria Island and also lived in Lekki and Ajah, respectively. Thus, she has a relatively comfortable upbringing.

Tems was raised in a Christian family. As a child, she came in contact with lots of gospel songs, thanks to her mother. However, when she became older, she sought to discover other music genres. And this led her to songs by superstars such as AaliyahLil WayneBeyoncé and Destiny Child.

 

Whilst in high school, her music teacher, discovered that she was gifted musically. And as a teenager, she learnt how to play the piano and guitar.

Christened Temilade Openiyi but smartly crafted herself a popular name Tems is a 27 years old Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Tems was born on 11 June 1995 in Lagos State, Nigeria where she grew up.

She’s signed under Reset Industries, Human Music.

Education

Tems had a brief stint in an elementary school in the UK. On moving back to Nigeria, she attended an expensive primary school for her elementary education.

 

She studied at Dowen College, Lekki, for her high school and passed out of the institution with good grades.

For her university education, she studied at a university in South Africa.

Tems who was born and raised in Lagos attended Dowen College situated in the Lekki area of Lagos.

She had her degree in Economics from a University in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Career

By the time Tems turned fifteen, she had already decided that she wanted to pursue music professionally. To make this dream a reality, she took the first step to stop listening to other artists.

She did this to discover her own style. Thus, she began to create music in her own way, and this led to the birth of a style that is a fusion of Alté, Afrobeats and R&B.

While in the university, she had picked up sound production and began to master the skill. The goal behind learning the skill was to produce beats for her own songs.