Nigerian female pop star icon, Yemi Alade, was a passenger of the “pro bono” train that all up and coming artiste get on while finding their way to the top.
Yemi Alade is arguably the biggest Nigerian female artiste at the moment with a number one selling album, a jewelry line, performance in countless events, and of course some endorsements to go with it.
However it wasn’t always like this for the singer as she opened up about the fact that she had to perform a lot of pro bono shows before she hit it big. The song “Johnny” got everyone dancing and racked up more than thirty million views on Youtube which catapulted her to stardom.
In a recent interview with Beat FM, Yemi Alade revealed she performed at over 300 free shows before she came popular. She also revealed that she didn’t even have enough money to buy studio time at some stage in her career. She said:
“It wasn’t easy in the beginning. I performed at over 300 free shows before I came this big. I didn’t have use to have money for studio sessions. It was that bad”
Yemi Alade’s “Nagode” is the latest of her list of hit songs that is currently the rocking the airwaves in Nigeria and across the continent of Africa. The singer, who is also known for her unique hairstyle, has also adopted the use of the French language in her songs all in a bid to aid her search for her “Johnny” (success). It is working pretty well for her thus far.