Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems has been recognised by TIME magazine as a significant influence in the global music scene.
Born Temilade Openiyi, she has been highlighted as one of the individuals achieving paramount influence in their respective domains, assured in the 2023 TIME’s Next 100 list.
Grammy-awarded artist Mary J. Blige penned a piece for the magazine, likening Tems to the iconic Nina Simone due to their shared ability to convey profound emotion and conviction in their music.
Blige envisions a bright future for Tems, anticipating her rise as one of the era’s most prominent artists.
Tems’ inclusion in TIME’s Next 100 list is a testament to Nigeria’s burgeoning influence in the global music industry. The country has consistently produced artists who resonate internationally; Tems is the latest in this lineage.
Her unique voice and authentic storytelling have garnered her a global fanbase, and this recognition by TIME solidifies her position as a force to be reckoned with.
As the Nigerian music scene continues to evolve, it’s essential to celebrate these milestones that highlight the nation’s contributions to global culture.
Did You Know?
- Tems’ distinct sound has set her apart, making her one of the most sought-after artists in recent times.
- She isn’t the sole Nigerian on the list; Dr. Toyin Ajayi, founder and CEO of Cityblock Health, and Wemimo Abbey, tech founder of Esusu, also earned spots.
- Esusu, co-founded by Abbey, aids immigrants in building credit in the US by documenting timely rent payments to credit bureaus.
- Mary J. Blige and Tems shared a heartfelt moment at the Grammy Awards, further solidifying their mutual respect.
- Nigeria’s music industry has seen a surge in international collaborations, with artists like Tems leading the charge.