I Once Stole Food To Survive – Tems

Popular Nigerian singer Tems has opened up on her past struggles with poverty while growing up and stealing food.

The “Try me” crooner had an emotional interview with British GQ where she opened up on dealing with abject poverty.

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The 27-years-old said she used to steal food just to survive.



According to her, during her broke days, she used to either steal food or go to her aunt’s house to get food.

Tems added that she didn’t have any self-esteem and never thought she was pretty nor had a good voice.

“There were times when I was not just broke; I was broke and hopeless. I used to steal food. I used to go to my aunty’s house just so she could give me food to take home.

I just felt like, what is the point of me existing right now? You have to remember those times. Because that person does not exist anymore.

I didn’t have any self-esteem. I didn’t think I was pretty. I didn’t even even think of my voice as anything. I just thought. There are so many people that can sing, I’m not a model, I don’t dance, but whatever chance I have, I’ll take it. Even if I end up singing under a bridge somewhere, I’ll be the best under-the-bridge singer ever”.

Tems who released a rare photo of her mother had shared a bitter experience of her life before fame.

According to Tems, life was not easy for her and her mom as they pass through difficult times, one of which was when her mother was attacked by someone who broke into their house and held her at knife point. And at a point in their tough life, she quit her job and took permission from her mother to venture into music which totally changed their lives.

Speaking further Tems said she will be dedicating one of her hit tracks, ‘Mr Rebel’ to her mother.

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