If there is one thing Afro-pop singer, Yemi Eberechi Alade aka Yemi Alade, is missing like hell, it is the freedom to step out and buy her favourite bean cake (Akara).
The musician of Yoruba-Igbo heritage, who hit the limelight after she won Peak Talent Show in 2009 but finally found success after the release of her hit track, Johnny, in 2013, told TheSun:
× When you wake up in the morning, what comes to your mind first?
Wow! The first thing I do is pray for effyzzie Music Group; that one is for sure.
Secondly, I pray for all lovers of my music, asking God to meet them at the point of their needs and then, I pray for the music industry.
× Did you know you would become this big five years ago?
Well, it has always been my prayer. I had no idea how it would happen but I am just a pencil in God’s hands.
× What has fame denied you?
Wow! I can’t walk on the streets anymore like I used to do. I used to enjoy and love taking long walks but I can’t anymore.
× Is there a particular food or snack you have missed so much on account of stardom?
Well, it’s akara (bean cake), I love akara but this is not a situation of fame. Sometimes when I go to see my mum, there is always akara.
× Which artistes influenced your beginnings?
So many did. In Nigeria, Omawunmi has always been an inspiration. Beyoncé is definitely another big source of inspiration.
× Did you ever think of quitting?
There are no two ways about it; I definitely thought I was going to get a white-collar job. I have my BSc in Geography. The truth is that music is a financially intensive project. It was pretty tough. I thank God for meeting Efizzy Music Group.
× What kept you going?
The passion, when your stomach is empty, your wallet empty and you’re tired; the only thing that keeps you going is God and passion.
× Despite your fame you have steered clear of controversies. How did you pull it off?
I don’t look for trouble; that is the secret.
× When the time comes to finally settle down, what tribe would you settle for?
It is beyond tribe for me; tribe should be the least criterion.
× Are you seeing any man right now?
O! Yes I am. You can see many men around (points at male guests at the event amid laughter)
× Who is your ideal man?
He has to be God fearing, have good prospect, and of course, a sense of humour.
× What is the craziest thing a fan has done to you on stage?
A fan tried to grab my waist.