How illness, surgery delayed my debut album – Tems

Nigerian songstress, Temilade Openiyi also called Tems, has opened up on how a serious illness forced her to delay the release of her forthcoming debut album ‘Born In The Wild’.

Tems told the New York Times that the project was scheduled for release in 2021 but got postponed due to an illness which she did not specify.

How illness, surgery delayed my debut album - Tems

She revealed that she underwent surgery and six months of recovery, after which she released her sophomore extended play, ‘If Orange Was a Place’ instead.

Tems added; “Being a warrior is about not giving up. Even if they cut your leg, you walk on your knees, you fight on your knees using what you have — and that’s good enough.”

The music star’s much-anticipated and long-awaited debut album, ‘Born In The Wild’ will be released on June 7. She is also kicking off her first headline world tour in the same month.

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South African singer and songwriter, Tyla earlier recounted how Nigerian superstar, Temilade Openiyi aka Tems caused a delay in the release of her debut album.

She said Tems sent in her verse for the track titled “NO 1” just as she was about to submit it to her record label, so she had to tell them to hold on.

Tyla made this disclosure during a recent chat on MTV Live, as she noted that she accorded Tems the status of “Queen” of African music hence why she was given preferential treatment per the project.

The ‘Water’ hit-maker also revealed that she has been working on her debut album named ‘Tyla’ after herself, for almost three years. She finally released the eponymous debut music project last Friday and it contains 14 tracks.

Speaking on the project, Tyla said; “I was about to submit the album then Tems sent her verse over and I was like wait, Tems just sent a song, I mean she’s the Queen.”