A prominent Nigerian public relations guru has turned to Twitter to post screenshots of a conversation he had with Tems, a popular Nigerian singing sensation, in which she requested that he help promote his album.
Chidi published the conversations with the hopes of inspiring individuals who believe it will be difficult for them to succeed in a country where it appears unattainable. He described how Tems had requested that he send her music to a music label executive who may boost her career during the talks.
Chidi did as requested but the executive said it’ll be hard for her type of music to thrive in the Nigerian music scene or Africa at large. Well, fast forward to years later, she’s rolling with big names in the global music industry and has gained tremendous momentum than she probably thought she would have three years back.
Sharing the screenshots, Chidi wrote,
July 2018, Tems messaged me about promoting her music. I checked her out and liked the songs so much that I reached a friend who was managing an Indie label. But the label owner said she sounded too R&B and declined. Today, Tems is global, rolling with WizKid, Drake & Rihanna. I don’t blame him to be honest. He’d been around enough to know that her sound was going to be a hard sell. Just sharing this conversation because it’s a reminder that if we believe strongly in ourselves, we should keep striving. The world will catch up to our gift.
Read the chats he shared,