Why I don’t win awards – Yemi Alade

Angela James
Angela James
Yemi Alade

Nigerian Afrobeat sensation Yemi Eberechi Alade, who is better known as Yemi Alade, has opened up on why she doesn’t win awards.

According to the songstress, there was a time in the industry when everyone wanted to sleep with her, with the promise of better opportunities.

WithinNigeria quoted the singer as saying that after choosing not to sleep with anyone for gains, she got blocked from benefits.

She said: “There was a time in the industry when everyone wanted to sleep with me and it was like, ‘Yemi, if you don’t do this, you won’t have that. Today men are the reason I don’t win awards in Nigeria.

“Going down with men was like a bridge I had to cross to get on some platforms, get some deals and even get awards. When I made my decision never to engage in sexual activities for gains, lots of opportunities were automatically blocked for me,

“Ask yourself why Yemi Alade who is the most viewed and most subscribed Nigerian female artiste on YouTube gets almost no recognition from award shows year after year. Even during twitter debates, no one mentions Yemi Alade as one of the biggest female artistes in Nigeria.

“They really blocked everything for me. But l’m glad coz l have my dignity, I have my life, l’m making cool cash and above all, I have fans who love me so much…”

Yemi Alade’s music is a mixture of Afropop, highlife, dancehall, pop and R&B.

The 35-year-old has been of influence in several countries across Africa.

She sings in English, Igbo, Pidgin, Yoruba, French, Swahili and Portuguese

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