Pop music star, Temilade Openiyi or Tems as she is widely known, has expressed her gratitude towards female artistes that have paved the path in the Nigerian music industry for her.
She took to social media to acknowledge female heavyweights that have repeatedly blazed the trail in the industry and served as inspiration for her.
In the series of tweets, she mentioned the likes of Asa, Omawunmi, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Waje, Simi, Niniola, and others thanking them “for existing”.
Tems tweeted on Tuesday, “I’m taking today to appreciate all the sisters today. Thank you for existing, thank you for deciding to get up and do something because someone saw that and became inspired by it. @Asa_official @Omawumi @TiwaSavage @yemialadee @OfficialWaje @SympLySimi @OfficialNiniola.”
Responding to the Twitter mention, Omawunmi tweeted, “I’m truly humbled! Massive Congratulations. To the sky and above!”
“Tems all the way. I love you big!” Asa also replied.
“A queen I Stan,” Waje responded.
The BET award winner also named rising stars like herself, promising they were all going “to move in like a Tsunami.”
“@amaarae @Gyakie_ @ayrastarr @faveszn @TeniEntertainer, when I see anyone of you gracing a stage, I feel like that’s me. We’re all winning and we’re about to move in like a Tsunami. So before it starts, know that love lives on this side, as we show the world how it’s done.
“And if I missed any messages, it is definitely unintentional. I don’t take your kind words and support for granted. I’m sending you all love today because you DESERVE it. Love always,” she wrote.
@amaarae@Gyakie_@ayrastarr@faveszn@TeniEntertainer When I see anyone of you gracing a stage, I feel like that’s me. We’re all winning and we’re about to move in like a Tsunami. So before it starts, know that Love lives on this side. As we show the world how it’s done.
Nigerian singer and songwriter, Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems put Africa on the map after she won big at the BET Awards 2022.
Tems was crowned the Best International Act on Sunday night at the well-attended event held in the Los Angeles city of California, United States.
She beat the likes of fellow Nigerians contingent Fireboy, Dave Dinos from France, Fally Ipupa from Congo, Little Simz from the UK, Ludmilla from Brazil, Tayo (France) and Major League Djz from South Africa to win the award.
“Thank you so much for this, thank you so much. It is an honour, this is my first award show that I’m winning something and I just want to use this as an opportunity to speak to every single young, old, whatever, every single woman watching this, every single girl watching this at home,” she said while receiving the award at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
“Where I am from, things like this don’t happen.”
The 27-year-old also shared the Best Collaboration with Wizkid for “Essence” featuring Justin Bieber.
Below, find all the 2022 BET Awards winners:
Album of the year
WINNER: An Evening With Silk Sonic, Silk Sonic Back of My Mind, H.E.R. Call Me If You Get Lost, Tyler, The Creator Certified Lover Boy, Drake Donda, Kanye West Heaux Tales, Mo’ Tales: The Deluxe, Jazmine Sullivan Planet Her, Doja Cat
Best female R&B/pop artist
Ari Lennox Chlöe Doja Cat H.E.R. WINNER: Jazmine Sullivan Mary J. Blige Summer Walker
Best male R&B/pop artist
Blxst Chris Brown Givēon Lucky Daye WINNER: The Weeknd Wizkid Yung Bleu
Drake Future J. Cole Jack Harlow Kanye West WINNER: Kendrick Lamar Lil Baby
WINNER: Silk Sonic Chlöe X Halle City Girls Lil Baby & Lil Durk Migos Young Dolph & Key Glock
WINNER: “Essence,” Wizkid Feat. Justin Bieber & Tems “Every Chance I Get,” DJ Khaled Feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk “Family Ties,” Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar “Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat Feat. SZA “Way 2 Sexy,” Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug “Whole Lotta Money” (Remix), Bia Feat. Nicki Minaj
Best new artist
Baby Keem Benny the Butcher WINNER: Latto Muni Long Tems Yung Bleu
Video of the year
WINNER: “Family Ties,” Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar “Have Mercy,” Chlöe “Kiss Me More,” Doja Cat Feat. SZA “Pressure,” Ari Lennox “Smokin Out the Window,” Silk Sonic “Way 2 Sexy,” Drake Feat. Future & Young Thug
Video director of the year
WINNER: Anderson .Paak a.k.a. Director .Paak Benny Boom Beyoncé & Dikayl Rimmasch Director X Hype Williams Missy Elliott
Dr. Bobby Jones best gospel/inspirational award
“All in Your Hands,” Marvin Sapp “Come to Life,” Kanye West “Grace.” Kelly Price “Hallelujah,” Fred Hammond “Hold Us Together (Hope Mix),” H.E.R. & Tauren Wells “Jireh,” Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music WINNER: “We Win,” Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin
“Best of Me (Originals),” Alicia Keys WINNER: “Good Morning Gorgeous,” Mary J. Blige “Have Mercy,” Chlöe “Pressure,” Ari Lennox “Roster,” Jazmine Sullivan “Unloyal,” Summer Walker & Ari Lennox “Woman,” Doja Cat
Best international act
Dave (U.K.) Dinos (France) Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) Fireboy DML (Nigeria) Little Simz (U.K.) Ludmilla (Brazil) Major League DJz (South Africa) Tayc (France) WINNER: Tems (Nigeria)
Candyman WINNER: King Richard Respect Space Jam: A New Legacy Summer of Soul The Harder They Fall
Adrian Holmes, Bel Air Anthony Anderson, Black-Ish Damson Idris, Snowfall Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth Forest Whitaker, Respect | Godfather of Harlem Jabari Banks, Bel Air Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us WINNER: Will Smith, King Richard
Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard Coco Jones, Bel Air Issa Rae, Insecure Jennifer Hudson, Respect Mary J. Blige, Power Book II: Ghost Queen Latifah, The Equalizer Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary Regina King, The Harder They Fall WINNER: Zendaya, Euphoria | Spider-Man: No Way Home
Akira Akbar Demi Singleton WINNER: Marsai Martin Miles Brown Saniyya Sidney Storm Reid
Former United States President, Barack Obama, on Saturday has shared a list of his favourite music of 2020.
The list which was shared on Twitter, according to Obama is complied with “valuable consultation from our family music guru, Sasha” who seems to have a considerable influence on her famous father’s music choices.
The former Commander in Chief’s Nigerian pick, Essence, is a single from Wizkid’s “Made in Lagos” album in which he features Tems.
Obama’s musical taste touches many genres, from rock (Bruce Springsteen’s Ghosts, Bob Dylan’s Goodbye Jimmy Reed, Jeff Tweedy’s Love Is the King) to pop (Dua Lipa’s Levitating, Jessie Ware’s Remember Where You Are) to rap (J. Cole’s The Climb Back, Travis Scott’s Franchise, Lil Baby’s The Bigger Picture) to country (Chris Stapleton’s Starting Over, Ruston Kelly’s Brave)
This comes as a part of Obama’s annual tradition of sharing his favourite entertainment programs, books, and music from the particular year. Some of the movies from Obama’s movie and TV favourites include Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Pixar’s animated movie, Soul, David Fincher’s Mank, the documentary Time, and Higher Ground Productions, Crimp Cramp.
See the full list of Barack Obama’s favorite music of 2020 below:
SAVAGE REMIX – Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé LOVE IS THE KING – Jeff Tweedy FRANCHISE- Travis Scott ft. Young Thug g M.I.A. NADA- Lido Pimienta f. Li Saumet CAN’T DO MUCH- Waxahatchee THE BIGGER PICTURE- Lil Baby GHOSTS- Bruce Springsteen LEVITATING- Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby THE CLIMB BACK – J. cole REPEAT- J Hus ft. Koffee DAMAGE- H.E.R. GOODBYE JIMMY REED- Bob Dylan SUMMER 2020- Jhené Aiko BRAVE- Ruston Kelly UWRONGO (EDIT)- Prince Kaybee, Shimza, Black Motion, and Ami Faku BETTER DISTRACTIONS – Faye Webster LEMONADE- Internet Money ft. Don Toliver, Gunna, and NAV BLUE WORLD- Mac Miller CUT EM IN- Anderson . Paak ft. Rick Ross STARTING OVER- Chris Stapleton MECCA- Spillage Village, JID e EARTHGANG LA DIFICIL- Bad Bunny ESSENCE- WizKid ft. Tems ALL MY GIRLS LIKE TO FIGHT- Hope Tala KYOTO- Phoebe Bridgers SUN CAME OUT- Gunna REMEMBER WHERE YOU ARE- Jessie Ware 4 My PPL – Goodie Mob DISTANCE- Yebba ONE LIFE, MIGHT LIVE- Little Simz
Here are some of my favorite songs of the year. As usual, I had some valuable consultation from our family music guru, Sasha, to put this together. I hope you find a new song or two to listen to. pic.twitter.com/K1NRPYiSg4
The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, says Nigerian singers, Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems and Stanley Omah Didia, should not be blamed for their ordeal in Uganda.
She disclosed this on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Hard Copy in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“Some people said they committed a crime. In this case, I am sure if they had known, they would not have gone,” she said.
“Ignorance is not an excuse, they listened to the organisers. I don’t think we can blame them for what happened.”
For the NIDCOM chief, the release of the artistes followed diplomatic engagements between the Nigerian government and the Ugandan authorities.
She explained that when the Federal Government got wind of their arrest, Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, contacted his counterpart in Uganda to fast-track their release.
Similarly, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration also got in touch with the Uganda High Commissioner to Nigeria, Nelson Ocheger, who she said was not in the country at the time of their arrest.
To guard against such a recurrence, Dabiri-Erewa, advised stars and other citizens to always notify the Nigerian Embassy of their presence abroad when out of the country.
According to her, the move is necessary because if the two artistes had registered their presence in the Nigerian High Commission in Uganda, they wouldn’t have been in trouble.
“Anybody that travels abroad, have faith in the mission. If the Nigerian mission had known that two of our biggest artistes were in town and they just made their presence known, maybe that would not have happened.
“Anytime you travel, especially there are super stars. Let the mission know that you are there. We get the response that, ‘oh they don’t listen to us.’ But let them know,” she added.
Her remarks come three days after the Ugandan authorities dropped the charges against the popular musicians, after spending three days in detention.
The duo were arrested on December 12 and charged before a Chief Magistrates Court in Makindye for breaching the country’s COVID-19 guidelines.
After almost three days in detention, Ugandan authorities have dropped the charges against Nigerian singers, Temilade Openiyi, populalrly known as Tems and Stanley Omah Didia, popularly known as Omah Lay.
A Release Order dated December 15, said the charges against both artists had been withdrawn and therefore, they should be released forthwith “unless held on other charges”.
See the Release Order Below.
The fast-rising stars were arrested on Monday after performing at a show and flouting COVID-19 guidelines.
Thereafter, they were arraigned at a court in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city.
A tweet by the Ugandan Police Force had said they will remain in custody till Wednesday, December 16.
Their arrest was met with outrage, especially on social media, by many fans and Nigerians, who demanded their immediate release.
The situation was also a subject of debate as many believe it was beyond flouting the country’s COVID-19 guidelines – quickly sparking the hashtags #FreeTems, #FreeOmahLay.
Their release came shortly after the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, said the Nigerian government was engaging the Ugandan Authorities at the highest level to ensure their release.
The Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri- Erewa, had also, earlier in the day, assured Nigerians that all was being done to secure their release after she met with two members of both artistes’ record labels.
“I received Marshall and Valentine, working with @Omah_Lay and Tem’s record label. The good news is that they will soon be back,” she tweeted.
This week was a shade darker as the world of showbiz mourned a number of notable figures.
From legendary afrobeat drummer, Tony Allen, to talented dancer, Picture Kodak and Bollywood greats, Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, Vibez takes a look at the life of the stars and how they bade the world farewell over the past week.
On a lighter note, superstar, Davido and Tems give us pure magic in their new song/collaboration with American singer, Khalid.
We also talk about some emerging trends forced upon the fashion world by the COVID-19.
Vibez is your weekly recap of top entertainment moments.