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Temilade Openiyi, better known by her stage name Tems, is a Nigerian singer who has detailed her upbringing and ascent to fame.

She discussed her job accomplishments and her humble origins in an interview with a British fashion and leisure magazine. Tems claimed that she used to be so poor that she would steal food.

“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,” she said.

According to Tems, the reason for her struggles was the responsibility on her to provide for her family and her difficulty in securing a good job.

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