Full biography of Nigerian singer Tems and other facts about her

Who is Tems?

Tems is a fast-rising Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer, widely known for her alpha-female personality.

Tems rose to prominence with her hit tracks “Mr Rebel” and “Try Me”. She is involved in the emerging alté sub-culture in the Nigerian music industry.

Full data profile of Nigerian musician, Tems

Full nameTemilade Openiyi
Age24 years old
BirthdayJuly 23, 1996
State of originOyo State
Marital statusSingle
GenreAltérnative RnB

Tems childhood and education

Tems was born and raised in Lagos by a Nigerian mother and British father. She moved to the United Kingdom as an infant but relocated back to Nigeria when she was five after her parents separated. She had most of her early education in Ilupeju. She later attended Dowen College in Lekki until her mother relocated to Ajah permanently. Shortly after her graduation from secondary school, Tems left Nigeria for South Africa for her tertiary education. She eventually graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Tems music career

Tems started singing at a tender age – she would sing while her brother played the guitar. During her secondary school days, she picked up learning the piano. Her music teacher in school discovered she had a gift for music and encouraged her to pursue the dream of becoming a music artist. She joined the school’s choir when she was 11 years old without the knowledge of anyone in the family. Tems would train with her teacher because she taught her voice was too heavy and wrong. She remarked that Beyonce’s music was the first to influence her love for making her own songs. She loved singing along to Destiny’s Child’s hit songs, “Soldier” and “Survivor”.

Tems started engaging with music producers while in the university but was not satisfied with the conditions and results. This pushed her to learn music production on YouTube. By 2018, she produced and released her first hit track “Mr Rebel” from her debut album, “Illumination”. The following year, another single, “Try me”, was released. It became an instant success, garnering millions of streams across top music platforms, including YouTube.

In 2020, Tems was featured in Wizkid’s “Made In Lagos” album. In the same year, she released her second EP“For Broken Ears”, which featured the breakup chartbuster, “Damages”.

Tems songs and albums


  • Mr Rebel (2018)
  • Looku Looku (2019)
  • Try Me (2019)

Illumination EP (2018)

  • Come In
  • Old School
  • Plunge Down Cascades
  • Voice of Nature
  • Sound of the Underground
  • Ultra Happiness
  • Cruising
  • Epiphany

For Broken Ears EP (2020)

  • Damages
  • These Days
  • Ice T
  • Free Mind
  • Interference
  • Higher
  • The Key


  • Essence with Wizkid (2020)
  • Know Your Worth with Khalid, Disclosure and Davido (2020)

Tems awards and achievements in music

Tems has not won any major local awards but has received a lot of international recognitions. She was nominated for the Headies’ Best Female Vocal Performance and Best Alte Song in 2019. The following year (2020), she was nominated for the coveted Next Rated Award.

Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, highlighted Tems and Wizkid’s collabo, “Essence”, as part of his 30-track list of favourite music for the year 2020. Recently, multiple award-winning American artist, Khalid engaged Tems and Davido for the Afrobeat remix of single, “Know Your Worth”.

Tems net worth

Tems makes her money from paid performances, streaming royalties and brand deals. Based on available data, Tems’ current net worth is estimated at $300,000 (around N120 million naira).

Tems Instagram and Twitter

Tems’ Instagram page is @temsbaby and her Twitter page is @temsbaby.

Tems boyfriend

As of the time of publishing this post, Nigerian singer Tems has not disclosed she has a boyfriend or is currently dating any man. By all indications, the musician seems to be focusing on her career for now.

Other interesting facts to know about Nigerian musician, Tems

Tems has confessed she is a very controlling person.

According to the singer, she has been making so much efforts to deal with her attitude. The singer does not engage in smoking and drinking, even though her lyrics may suggest otherwise.

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