Who really is better? Who really is the queen of African music?
The truth is we don’t know neither can we pin point who really is better. We are not an authority who gives verdict on who is better than who. However, we have the liberty to deliberate and analyse on each artiste’s strength and weakness. This time our analysis is on the duo of Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade.
Both artistes are great artistes. They are doing well for themselves and they have a huge fanbase. Good enough they have great hits too.
Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade are known to not be friends. Late last year, the two female artistes were at tooth and nail against each other. They seemingly had a bumbum challenge where they battled for who had a bigger bumbum. Tiwa Savage took the feud one step forward by calling out Yemi Alade in a Live Performance at the Stellar live performance show.
However, Yemi Alade’s Manager in an interview with sunday scoop highlighted that, there was no rivalry between them. He stated that despite what people say or criticism received, Yemi Alade was focused solely on her music.
Tiwa Savage Or Yemi Alade: Who Really Is The Queen Of African Music?
Well, enough of the long talk, lets go straight to the point. Who really is the queen of African music between Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade.
To make this easier, we are streamlining it to a certain points.
1) Social Media Fan Base
Tiwa Savage came in to lime light much earlier than Yemi Alade. Her song KELEKELE LOVE which blew her into lime light was released in 2013 while Yemi Alade’s JOHNNY was released in 2014. Johnny blew Yemi Alade into lime light. Ever since then, both artiste have gone on to make monstrous hits and have gathered fan base for themselves. Their social media handles have a huge amount of followership. However, we will be giving the exact figures of these followers to really ascertain the status as the Queen of African Music.
- Instagram: Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage are tied with 6.7million followers each.
- Twitter: Yemi Alade has 348.4k to Tiwa Savage’s 2.72m. A whooping difference of over 2.3M.
- Facebook: Yemi Alade has 2.1M followers to Tiwa Savage’s 2M.
Here we can see it is a very close tie. Having same amount of followers on IG with Yemi topping her on Facebook with Just 100k difference. However, the gap between their followers on Twitter is very much on the high side. Tiwa savage led her with over 2.3M difference.
Going by this, we can say Tiwa Savage is the Queen of African Music.
2) Awards Won
Both music divas are chronic Award winners. The two have been raking awards back to back. However, we have to know the amount of awards they both have to ascertain who the queen of African music really is.
According to Wikipedia, Yemi Alade has had a lot of nominations ranging from Mobo Award, MTV African Music Awards, WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards, BET Awards etc. Surprisingly, according to Wikipedia, she has won just two. She won Best Female Category for the year 2015 and 2016 at the MTV African Music Awards.
Going further, we discovered that she has other major awards. She has two headies awards; Best Performer for 2017 and Hip Hop World Revelation award for 2015. In 2015, Yemi Alade won Nigeria Entertainment Award for Female Artist of the Year. In 2015, Yemi Alade won an award at City People Music Award for Best Collabo of the Year for the song MARRY ME done with Falz.
In 2016 her album, MAMA AFRICA won the award for Best Album at the Independent Music Award. In 2016, she went on to win The Future Awards Africa Nigeria Prize for Music. That isn’t all she has though, in 2016 at the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards, she won the award for Best Female Artist.
Calculating all of them together, Yemi Alade has a total of 9 major awards.
According to Wikipedia, Tiwa Savage has had a lot of nominations ranging from Mobo Award, MTV African Music Awards, WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards, BET Awards etc. Unsurprisingly, according to Wikipedia, Tiwa Savage has a total of 16 awards. They are;
1) Best African Act at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards
2) Best Collabo with the song GIRLIE O originally done by Patoranking, at 2015 the COSON Song Awards
3) Best Collabo with the song GIRLIE O originally done by Patoranking at The Headies 2014
4) Best Reggae/Dancehall Single with the song GIRLIE O originally done by Patoranking at The Headies 2014
5) Female Artist of the Year at the 2015 MOBO Awards
6) Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year at the 2015 Mobo Award
7) Best Female West Africa at the 2014 African Muzik Magazine Awards
8) Musician of The Year (Female) at the 2014 City People Entertainment Awards
9) Best Female at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2014
10)Best Highlife with the song GBONO at the 2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA)
11)Best Vocal Performance (Female) with the song LOVE ME at the 2012 Headies Award
12)Most Gifted R&B Music Video of the Year with the song OYi Remix originally done by flavour at the 2012 Channel O music award.
13)Female Musician of the year at the 2012 City People Entertainment Awards
14) Best RnB Soul with the song KELEKELE LOVE at the 2012 Afrotainment Museke Online Music Awards
15) Most stylish Female act at the 2012 FAB Magazine Awards
16) Most Promising Act at the 2011 Dynamix All Youth Awards
We don’t really need to go further on this, as this is enough fact to crown the queen. Going by this award category, Tiwa Savage is the queen of African music.
3) Youtube Views
In Youtube both artistes are brilliant. Their videos are streaming in large numbers. However we have to be precise. Going through their Youtube channels, Yemi does better. Yemi has a total amount of 904k subscribers to Tiwa Savage’s 371K Subscribers. Tiwa Savage’s highest viewed video, MALO has a total of 35M Views. Yemi on the hand completely slayed Tiwa savage. Yemi Alade’s highest viewed video, Johnny has a total of 102 million views.
Using this category, we can fully state that Yemi Alade is the queen of African Music.
4) Forbes Rating
Forbes are a reliable body when it comes to ranking individuals wealth. In the latest ranking as released by forbes, Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage are the richest female Artistes. According to the list of top 50 richest Nigerian Artist, Yemi Alade comes 20th with a total networth of $4.5Million. Tiwa savage came 14th on the list with a total net worth of $5M.
Using this analogy, Tiwa Savage tops Yemi as the Queen of African Music.
A queen will always be talked about. Her rivalry would be from all angles. In the case of controversies and talks, Tiwa Savage stays in the lips of many. Hardly a month passes without her being in the news for controversial reasons.
Just recently she got a backlash from Victoria Kimani and Seyi Shay citing that she was using extra forces to shield the female artistes from ‘shining’. Victoria Kimani also accused her of prostitution amidst other allegations. Tiwa was calm; all she did was to pull out with a new customized car costing $200k.
Yemi alade is rarely on the lips of people; most times criticism of her songs.
That said, using controversies as a yardstick, Tiwa Savage is the queen of african music.
After all is said and done, with the above points, we can say Tiwa Savage is the Queen of African Music.
Please note that this article is in no way biased towards a certain person. Like earlier said, we are not an authority to ascertain for sure who is the Queen of African Music between Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage. Our analysis is purely based on verifiable facts and data out there. We have simply compared the numbers from those data and drawn a conclusion.
With this, we are only hoping to bring to an end the constant rivalry between both fan base. You are very free to criticize this write up with other verifiable data and facts. So please feel free to drop your opinion in the comments section.