Nigerian singer Tems has recounted how she struggled financially before she gained stardom.

The music star also recounted that she had to work on her self-esteem which was low before hitting the limelight.

In a chat with GQ magazine, the music star revealed that she did not become an overnight sensation as she faced financial difficulties at some point in her life.

Singer,Tems on GQ magazine

She said:

“I couldn’t take care of anybody. There were times when I was not just broke, I was broke and hopeless. I used to steal food and sometimes I used to go to my aunty’s house just so she could give me food to take home,”

She further added:

“I just felt like, What is the point of me existing right now? You have to remember those times. Because that person does not exist anymore. The decision I made was to not wallow in sadness. This person that can never be anything. I didn’t have any self-esteem. I didn’t think I was pretty. I didn’t even think of my voice as anything,” she said.

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, I’ll take it. Even if I end up singing under a bridge somewhere, I’ll be the best under-the-bridge singer ever.”


Tems is one of the fast rising singers who have shot to stardom and have won a number of awards and international recognition after working with stars like Drake, Beyonce, Justin Bieber among others.

Story: Hilda Katu

Media: Temsbaby/ Instagram,GQ magazine


September 24, 2022