Saturday, May 25, 2024

Tems diagnosed with vocal cord illness; cancels UK shows

The singer has been diagnosed with Reflux laryngitis, a voice disorder that results from irritation and swelling of the vocal folds.

• June 14, 2022
Temilade Openiyi
Temilade Openiyi [Photo Credit: The Guardian Nigeria News]

Nigerian singer and songwriter Temilade Openiyi, known popularly as Tems, has had to cancel two international shows due to a vocal cord illness.

Tems made the public aware of this sad development with her voice via her Twitter page, explaining the reason behind the cancellation of the two shows.

The singer penned a heartfelt note, saying: “It breaks my heart to say this but there’s no other option for me. I’m not feeling too good at the moment.

“After my last performance I was diagnosed with Reflux laryngitis and I have to take some time off to protect what’s left of my voice.”

Reflux Laryngitis is a voice disorder that results from irritation and swelling of the vocal folds due to the backflow of stomach fluids into the throat.

The disturbance can also injure vocal cords and change one’s voice, especially if the reflux causes enough inflammation.

Tems revealed that her doctors advised that she stay away from singing, an advice which necessitated the postponement of her Birmingham and London shows earlier slated for June 15, and July 17, respectively. 

Nigerians have trooped enmasse to the singer’s post to wish her a speedy recovery and also dole out their support.

Other singers who have nearly lost their vices due to throat illness include Adele in 2011, who had to go through surgery and change her diet, due to acid refluxes; similar to Tems’.

Also, Miley Cyrus had to endure several weeks of silence to recover. And then you had Mariah Carey, Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, Bjork, Sam Smith,  Michael Buble, the list remains endless.

Tems has had a successful music career in and outside Nigeria. She is the first Nigerian artiste to top the Billboard 100 chart with her “Wait for you” feature on the album of American rapper Future.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State

Politics

Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Sport

Hansi Flick favourite to takeover Barcelona job following Xavi’s dismissal

He has been out of job since he was sacked as the manager of the German national team in 2023.

Rainstorm

States

Plateau lawmaker solicits support for rainstorm victims

Residential houses and a church were affected by the rainstorm.

President Bola Tinubu

Politics

Nigeria no longer printing money, deceiving itself under my watch: Tinubu

“Nigeria went through terrible labour pains, but we have seen the baby coming out alive,” the President concluded.

Nigerian policemen at a checkpoint

States

Imo CP condemns alleged corruption within Nigerian police

According to him, Nigerians are no longer satisfied with the overall conduct and character of policemen in the country.

Rivers Governor Siminalayi Fubara

Port Harcourt

Gov. Fubara flags off N6.7 billion Okania-Ogbogoro road project

The governor said it would be completed and inaugurated in the next five months.