Yemi Alade, also known as Mama Africa, defines art as a synonym to nudity, while trying to explain why she usually displays her bountiful body in her music videos and stage performances. The 2009 “Peak Talent Show” winner was born as Yemi Eberechi Alade and loves to call herself “that Yoruba/Igbo girl.” Her journey to stardom has been an upward rise, with amazing songs like “Fimisile” and “Jonnny,” to mention but a few, Yemi Alade no doubt, is an all round successful Nigerian musician.
While Yemi once accused BET for treating Africans badly by giving the awards backstage, her fans often accuse her of exposing her body on some of her videos. Nonetheless, the talented singer and performer has her reasons for showing off some flesh.
“I won’t say I support it but, sometimes, nudity is art. Although when it is in excess, these days, it actually doesn’t make sense and is no longer appealing. Maybe, at a point, it was but now it’s grouse. These ladies portraying nudity in videos are grown-ups. They have chosen to do that with their lives and if that is the value of their bodies to them, then so be it. It’s grouse when in excess but I love the airy mood,” she says.
During her days of little beginning, Yemi used to beg producers to produce songs for her and because she didn’t have money, she would have to beg them with fuel to record for her. Eventually, she would be booked for shows so that she can perform her songs, but most times she ended up not performing because the organizers thought she was a waste of time on stage.
But years down the line, her skills, passion and consistency gave way to fame. Luck shone on Yemi Alade about three years ago when she started getting well paid for her works. Her first payment was actually little. According to her, it was twenty thousand naira and her manager had to literarily hold the person to ransom before the money came out. But over the years, everything has changed, as Yemi Alade is on the “A list” of African female entertainers.