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 Is Tems the first female Nigerian artiste to win Grammy?

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The media was awash on Monday following the news of Nigerian music artist, Temilade Openiyi, Tems winning the Grammy Award.
News in the media and some tweets claimed Tems was the first Nigerian female artiste to win a Grammy Award.
 
The claim is false, here’s what we know
 
Tems is not the first Nigerian female artist to win the Grammy awards. Sade Adu, Cynthia Erivo, and Yemi Alade have all previously won the coveted music prize.
 
Tems, Burna Boy and Tobe Nwigwe were the Nigerians nominated for the 65th edition of the Grammy Awards held on February 5, 2023.
 
While others lost in the categories they were nominated, Tems won her nomination in the Best Melodic Rap Performance category for her role in ‘WAIT FOR U,’one of the three categories in which she was nominated.
 
Tems featured alongside Canadian rapper Drake and American rapper, Future.
 
Following this win, Nigerians have taken to social media to celebrate and congratulate Tems, describing her as the first Nigerian female artiste to achieve the feat. 
 
One of the many tweets that celebrated Tems as the first female Nigerian artiste to win the Grammy was by the All Progressive Congress via their verified Twitter handle. 
 
“Congratulations, Tems @temsbaby (Temilade Openiyi), on Grammy award – a 1st for a female Nigerian artiste”, the tweet read.
 
The claim was further echoed in conventional media, including Punch Newspaper and Okayafrica. The claim has continued to be echoed online and offline, but how true is it?
There have been three female artistes of Nigerian descent have previously won the Grammy before Tems.
Sade Adu, a British-Nigerian artiste born to a Nigerian father and British mother in Ibadan in 1959, was the first Nigerian to win the Grammy at the 28th edition in 1986. She won in the Best New Artist category.
 
She was further nominated for the 29th, 36th, 37th, 44th, 53rd, and 55th editions of the award winning 4 out of her eight nominations.
 
Further checks led to Cynthia Erivo, another British-Nigerian, born to Nigerian parents in England in 1987. She won two Grammy nominations during the 59th and 63rd editions of the award. 
 
A home grown Nigerian female artiste, Yemi Alade, won in the Best Global Music Album category at the 64th edition where she featured in Angelique Kidjo – Mother Nature. 
 
CONCLUSION
Tems is not the first female Nigerian artiste to win the Grammy award as Sade Adu, Cynthia Erivo, and Yemi Alade have previously won at different editions; therefore, the claim is False.
 
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WABMA Fake News Debunker Episode 79

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💥 WABMA Fake News Debunker Episode 79

🚩 Is the voice note from the Whatsapp ambassador real?
🚩 Has MTN barred GLO from calling its users?
🚩 Does the picture show Tony Elumelu’s daughter?

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WABMA collaborates with a network of media practitioners to debunk misinformation on social media and news outlets.

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Does picture show Tony Elumelu’s daughter?

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A picture being circulated on social media claims to be displaying United Bank for Africa, UBA’s Chairman, Tony Elumelu, alongside his daughter who plaited ‘all back’ during a visit to the President of Benin Republic.

The claim is TRUE.

Putting the picture being circulated on Google image, it brought results leading to the verified Facebook and Instagram pages of Tony Elumelu.

Tony Elumelu posted the pictures with the caption “Today in Benin Republic meeting with President Patrice Talon and his lovely wife Claudine Talon also featuring Gogo Lee #BackToWork #TOEWay”

Findings showed that ‘Gogo Lee’ is the nickname of Elumelu’s second daughter Ogochukwu also known as Ogor.


The picture of Elumelu’s visit has since been shared by many citing Gogo Lee as an example of modesty and humble lifestyle despite access to affluence.

CONCLUSION
The Picture showing Tony Elumelu’s daughter wearing a red shirt, black trouser and ‘all back’ hair is TRUE.

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💥 WABMA Fake News Debunker Edition 78

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💥 WABMA Fake News Debunker Edition 78

🚩 Does the picture show the oldest and second-largest city in Nigeria?
🚩 Was the Congo Election chairperson beaten for announcing fake results?
🚩 Does America use spy pigeons to watch citizens and threats?

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🙏 Please see this week’s edition of WABMA’s Fake News Debunker

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