Tems is a well-known international celebrity from Nigeria whose music has brought her respect from some of the most prominent musicians in the world. The R&B sensation’s recognition has taken another significant step forward by being named to the Times 100 Next list, which honours 100 young individuals from around the globe who are accomplishing notable feats and influencing the future in various fields, including business, sports, the arts, and the environment.
Tems is included alongside 2023’s emerging rap star Ice Spice and American music producer Metro Booming. Hailey Bieber, Peso Pluma, and Kali Uchis are a few other well-known people on the list. Tems’ fantastic contribution to Wizkid’s mega-hit “Essence” helped her break into the worldwide market, and she has since seen remarkable success. Tems won the 2023 Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance for her contributions to Future’s song “Wait For U,” making her the first Nigerian artist to make their Billboard Hot 100 debut. She also became the first female singer from Nigeria to win a Grammy award.
She has been nominated for an Oscar and has won three BET awards for her contribution to writing Rihanna’s song “Lift Me Up.” Tems’ inclusion on the list was made possible by a laudatory essay written by Grammy winner and Oscar contender Mary J. Blige who called the Nigerian singer “unique and original.”
“Tems is in a class all by herself because no other artist sounds like her. That voice is so unique and original, so much so that it reminds me of the first time I heard Nina Simone. They both sing with emotion and conviction, making you feel every word they sing. When Tems and I finally had a chance to meet last year at the Grammy Awards, we just exploded on each other, giving each other so much love. I know she will make it far because she’s a talented writer, singer, and producer—my only hope for her is that she becomes one of the biggest artists of her time. Talent is one thing, but how you treat people and treat yourself in this industry brings longevity, and I believe she will be around for a while because she’s a beautiful human being inside and out.”
Tems is preparing to release her debut album, which fans and critics anticipate will catapult the singer to new heights.
Dr. Toyin Ajayi, the co-founder and CEO of Cityblock Health, a tech-driven healthcare organization dedicated to improving health outcomes for marginalized populations confronting systemic issues, is also included. The founders and CEOs of Esusu, Abbey Wemimo and Samir Goel, were also included on the list.