Yemi Alade says that people always ask her if she is Igbo or Yoruba.

Yemi Alade says that people always ask her if she is Igbo or Yoruba.

I used to get asked if I was Igbo or Yoruba, said Yemi Alade.

The singer admitted, “I didn’t know about the cultural differences until later.”

Singer Yemi Alade has shared personal details about her upbringing, including her experiences growing up in a multicultural household.

The performer recently appeared as a guest on the most recent episode of the Tea with Tay Podcast, where she. Openly discussed details about her personal life she smiled as she talked about what it was like to have an. Igbo mother and a Yoruba father in a blended family.

Her parents were merely “mum and dad,” and her house was just that—a place.

Yemi Alade was raised in what she described as a “shielded” setting and was unaware of her parents’ different cultural backgrounds. She said at the time that she had no idea outside of her home about the multitude of distinctions between the two cultures.

She said, “I didn’t know that there was a difference growing up. First of all, I just had my mum and my dad. We were one of those families that had uncles, aunties, and cousins living with us. My dad was that kind of person, so we had people around.”

She went on to describe how outsiders had attempted to classify her into one of the two ethnic groupings, and not necessarily in the most kind ways.

“I was not aware of the cultural differences until later, especially when people started arguing if I was Yoruba or Igbo. Some people would say ‘Omo Yoruba’ or ‘Omo Igbo,’ and it wasn’t said as a compliment. That’s when I noticed that there was a difference in cultures, and being born into a Yoruba and Igbo family isn’t so common. But one thing I got to enjoy about being in a multicultural family is the food. I get to eat both Igbo and Yoruba delicacies,” she said.

In addition the artist credited her upbringing in a diverse household for instilling in her a profound respect for African cultures.


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