Tems takes a break from music after medical diagnosis

The famous Nigerian singer Témilade Openiyi popularly known as Tems, was diagnosed with reflux laryngitis.

The music star revealed this on his official Instagram page on Tuesday.

“It breaks my heart to say this but there was no other option for me. I’m not feeling too well right now. After my last performance I was diagnosed with reflux laryngitis and I need to take some time off to protect what’s left of my voice,” she wrote.

“By doctor’s order, I have to postpone both shows this week. New dates for both shows will be announced tomorrow.

The singer apologized for any inconvenience the postponement may have caused.

Reflux laryngitis

The Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh describes reflux laryngitis as a voice disorder that results from irritation and swelling of the vocal cords due to backflow of stomach fluids into the throat.

This reflux, specifies the department, is called laryngopharyngeal reflux (acid which reaches the level of the throat).

Patients with reflux laryngitis have complaints similar to other voice disorders, making it an easily missed voice disorder.

Tems’ revelation comes days after Canadian singer Justin Bieber revealed he has partial facial paralysis and will be taking a break from music

The 28-year-old singer told fans in a video on his Instagram that he had been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, which causes him partial facial paralysis.


After gaining international recognition and a Grammy nomination for “Essence”, Tems has been featured on the albums of global superstars like Drake and Future.

After receiving her second platinum plate in May, Tems joined Wizkid as the only other Nigerian artist with two US platinum plates.

The 26-year-old Lagos State-born singer earned her double platinum after American rapper Future took to Twitter to clarify the Nigerian artist’s credit on the album.

Future featured Tems and Drake on the track released on May 3. It is the second single from Future’s ninth studio album, “II Never Liked You”.

In the United States, platinum certification means that an album has sold one million copies or a single has sold two million copies.

Tems received its first platinum slab in October 2021 when “Essence” crossed the million-selling mark.

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