I Don’t Consider Tiwa Savage A Friend – Yemi Alade
Fast-rising singer Yemi Alade had an interesting chat with Punch about her career and other issues:
I was born in Abia State. My late father, a Yoruba man, was a retired commissioner of police, while my mother is an Igbo-born businesswoman. I wasn’t one of those kids that attended parties, because my father was a disciplinarian. However, growing up was fun for me.
I attended St. Saviour’s British School, Victory Grammar School, and afterwards, I studied Geography at the University of Lagos.
I grew up listening to music because when I was a child, my father loved to listen to King Sunny Ade. I never wanted to become an artiste but I loved music. It was when I won the Peak Talent Show that I realised that I needed to make a career out of it. My mum was the first person to believe in me and she has always supported me. She often gave me money to buy clothes and prepare for shows.
In Nigeria, I love P-Square and Omawumi. Outside the country, it’s Beyonce and Jay Z.
Record label owners and show promoters are all guilty of this. S*xual harassment comes in different levels; some are intense, some are subtle, and some even come through third parties. However, I’ve never found myself in a situation that felt very uncomfortable. Once I see the signs, I run and the person would not even have the opportunity to go through with his evil plans. There are some people who I looked up to in the industry but surprisingly, they also wanted s*x.
In future, I’d love to have a record label. But sincerely, if you want to have the kind of record label that would actually groom superstars, I don’t think it’s something you can do overnight. For artistes who easily float record labels, I think experience is the best teacher. Most of them have since realised that they acted before the appropriate time.