Nigerian singer Tems wins big at this year’s BET awards

Nigerian singer Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, has opened up on her past struggles and dealing with extreme poverty.

Speaking in an interview with British GQ, the 27-year old said she used to steal food just to survive.

According to her, “There were times I was not just broke; I was broke and hopeless. I used to steal food. I used to go to my aunt’s house just so she could give me food to take home.

I just felt like, why am I even on this earth right now? You have to recall those times. Because that person does not exist anymore.

I didn’t have any self-esteem. I didn’t think I was pretty. I didn’t even think of my voice as anything. I just thought, there are so many people that can sing, I’m not a model, I don’t dance, but whatever chance I have it, I’ll take it. Even if I end up singing under a bridge somewhere, I’ll be the best under-the-bridge singer ever. ”




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