Facts about Tems, her biography and songs 

Facts about Tems, her biography and songs 

Facts about Tems, her biography and songs 

Tems is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and producer whose thoughtful blend of alternative R&B and Afrobeat earned her international attention at the tail-end of the 2010s.

After notching the 2019 hit “Try Me,” she began to appear on high-profile tracks like WizKid’s “Essence” and Drake’s “Fountains.”

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Her first two EPs, 2020’s For Broken Ears and 2021’s If Orange Was a Place, yielded her own hits like “Damages” and “Found,” the latter featuring Brent Faiyaz.

She was then featured on Future’s chart-topping 2022 single “Wait for U.”

Born in the capital city of Lagos to a Nigerian mother and British father, Temilade Openiyi spent part of her childhood in the U.K. before moving back to her home country.

She nurtured her musical talent in a local choir, learning to play piano and eventually writing her own songs inspired both by classic Nigerian music and artists like Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse.

Using the stage name Tems, she released the single “Mr. Rebel” in 2018, followed a year later by “Looku Looku” and “Try Me,” the latter of which became a significant hit.

2020 proved to be a banner year for Tems with the release of her debut EP, For Broken Ears, and a number of high-profile collaborations.

She teamed up with American singer Khalid on a remix of Davido’s track “Know Your Worth” and joined WizKid on his song “Essence.”

Her own track, “Damages,” also became a hit, and she followed up her success with a second EP, If Orange Was a Place, in 2021. That same year, she was featured on Drake’s track “Fountains” as well as a new mix of WizKid’s “Essence” that also featured Justin Beiber.

Along with Drake, she was featured on Future’s 2022 single “Wait for U,” which reached number one in the U.S. She also made appearances on Beyoncé’s Renaissance and the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.


Tems is the first female artiste in Nigeria to has ever bagged Grammy award in the 2023 ‘Best Melodic Rap Performance’ category.

She won the award for her vocal and writing contribution to the smashing hit ‘Wait For U’ by Future featuring Drake and herself, making it her first Grammy award win after four nominations.

Facts about Tems, her biography and songs 

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