There's no question that the world has its eyes firmly fixed on Africa and its artists. Naija artists arguably inspire the most interest. But who is the biggest fish in the pond? If you ask Yemi Alade, not any one artist in particular.
Alade was speaking in a new interview with Hotfm Radio when she made the statement. "I respect everybody, we all inspire each other in this industry," she said. "There is actually no number one because your top five artists in Nigeria that are the biggest in Africa can shut down the exact same capacity, the same capacity Wizkid holds down in Africa, I hold it down, the same capacity Davido holds down in Africa, I hold it down, the same venues, we all shut it down."
Anticipating that her words may ruffle some feathers, she encouraged listeners to find the facts from those who would know. "People will say Yemi shut up but that is the truth. Why don't we go ask the promoters, the people who know the numbers?''
To prove the point, she just wrapped a 13-city European tour and also announced that she'd be heading out to Canada by the end of the month.
Alade has been at her game since her 2009 win of the Peak Talent Show and she feels that after all these years, she can comfortably claim her position of power. "I have not adjusted, I have just adapted, because I don't think this growth involves me changing who I am, that is like the most important thing, it used to be difficult but not it is my way of life."
Watch the full 37-minute interview below.
Rifumo Mdaka is a Johannesburg-based music writer who champions South African queer artists. When I'm bored, I watch iPhone keynotes and commercials. Read my website FDBQ Music and follow me on Twitter, @rifvmo