Yemi Alade has spoken up on the perceived rivalry between her and Mavin star Tiwa Savage, and the singer is visibly upset with the internet’s obsession with that story line.
The drama started after the Johnny singer won the Best Female Act at the 2015 MTV Music Video Award, and then she took the award home again this year, making her the first female to win the award twice, consecutively. For many fans, it was a proof that she was ‘better’ than Tiwa Savage, but on the other hand, Mavin fans think differently. Hence, the constant comparison and perceived rivalry.
Now, Yemi Alade, among other things, has shut down the rumour, adding that though they aren’t friend, she is irritated with how folks pit women against each other.
See the excerpts as culled from Punch:
On sexual harassment in the industry
Record label owners and show promoters are all guilty of this. Sexual harassment comes in different levels; some are intense, some are subtle, and some even come through third parties. However, I’ve never found myself in a situation that felt very uncomfortable. Once I see the signs, I run and the person would not even have the opportunity to go through with his evil plans. There are some people who I looked up to in the industry but surprisingly, they also wanted sex.
On floating her own record label
In future, I’d love to have a record label. But sincerely, if you want to have the kind of record label that would actually groom superstars, I don’t think it’s something you can do overnight. For artistes who easily float record labels, I think experience is the best teacher. Most of them have since realised that they acted before the appropriate time.
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On the alleged rivalry between her, Tiwa Savage, Seyi Shay and Chidinma
I don’t know why the media takes pleasure in pitting great women against one another. Have you ever seen any text message from any of us lambasting another person? There’s no proof of these things; it’s just in the imagination of people. I’ve never stopped working and I was already working before Tiwa Savage came to Nigeria. I am a fan of their music, and on my Snapchat page, I usually dance to their songs. I do not consider Tiwa Savage a friend because I don’t know her favourite colour or meal and other intimate things. She is just my colleague.
On her current projects
We’re working on my first worldwide tour which would last about a year. I will visit all the continents in the world.
On her relationships
Other than being an entertainer, I have my personal life. If I’m going to be in a relationship with someone in the same profession with me, I’d have to be deeply in love with the person’s personality. If the personality suits me, why not? Personally, I think I’m a reserved and nice girl. I’m also a hopeless romantic; movies easily make me cry. The last movie that made me cry was a cartoon in which a little dinosaur lost his mum.