Tems Takes Center Stage: From Lagos to International Fame

Tems Takes Center Stage: From Lagos to International Fame

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. Award-winning Nigerian singer and songwriter, Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, recently shared her inspiring journey to stardom at the 2023 Essence Festival held in New Orleans, USA.


In her prologue, Tems emphasized that her life is a testimony, revealing her humble beginnings in Lagos, Nigeria and her subsequent rise to global fame.

From Lagos to Global Recognition:

Tems proudly declared that she hails from Lagos, Nigeria, highlighting the city as the place where her journey began.

Starting locally, she embarked on a path that would eventually lead her to achieve international acclaim.


Her musical talent and unique style captivated audiences across the globe, propelling her from the shores of Lagos to worldwide recognition.

The Essence Festival Moment:

During her appearance at the 29th Essence Festival, Tems took the stage to deliver a captivating performance.

The highlight of her set was the rendition of “Essence,” her record-breaking collaboration with Wizkid.

The audience was enthralled as the two artists showcased their scintillating chemistry, creating a magical atmosphere that resonated with everyone present.

The Breakthrough:

Tems’ breakthrough moment came when she stole the show as a guest on Wizkid’s album track, “Essence,” which featured on his acclaimed album ‘Made In Lagos’ in 2020.


This collaboration propelled her into the spotlight and paved the way for her ascent to stardom.

Following the release of a remix version featuring Canadian pop star Justin Bieber in 2021, the song soared to new heights, reaching number 9 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Global Collaborations:

Tems’ immense talent and rising popularity have not gone unnoticed by global superstars.

She has had the privilege of working with renowned artists such as Rihanna, Drake, Future, and Beyoncé.

These collaborations have further solidified her position as an internationally recognized artist, expanding her reach and influence beyond borders.



Tems’ journey from Lagos to global stardom serves as a testament to her perseverance, talent, and ability to captivate audiences worldwide.

With her remarkable rise in the music industry, she continues to inspire aspiring artists and demonstrate the power of chasing dreams and embracing opportunities.

Tems’ story reminds us that no matter where we come from, our potential for success knows no boundaries when we dare to pursue our passions with unwavering dedication.

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