Born on June 11, 1996, every June 11 is World Tems Day!
Sensational Nigerian singer and songwriter Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence since she made her debut in 2019. Two EPs; For Broken Ears (2020) and If Orange Was A Place (2021), coupled with numerous high-profile collaborations have propelled Tems to the pinnacle of the food chain, and atop there she’s relentlessly made a strong claim to throne – The modern day African Queen of Soul and RNB.
While many will tout the impeccable collaboration with Wizkid on “Essence” as a pivotal moment in her career, Tems had been gradually furnishing her reputation, preparing to seize whatever opportunity, especially when it came to working with the biggest international superstars. Who could have featured better on “Essence?” Modest answer, ‘not many.’ Actual answer, Tems alone.
Her irrepressibly growing arsenal of solo hits include Try Me (2019), Damages (2019), Free Mind (2020), and Crazy Things (2021) to mention but a few.
Meanwhile she’s revelled in multi-certified collaborations with Canadian rapper Drake, Future, Davido, Khalid, Burna Boy, Brent Faiyaz and more.
To celebrate Tems’ 26th birthday, here are 10 of her best songs ranked in no particular order including collaborations and solo efforts. Enjoy.