The famous Nigerian female singer Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, has been diagnosed with Reflux Laryngitis.
The music star had to disclose this development on her official Instagram page on Tuesday, June 12, 2022.
“It breaks my heart to say this, but there has been 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,” she wrote.
“On doctor’s order, I have to postpone the two shows this week. The new dates for both shows will be announced tomorrow.”
She apologized to her fans for the inconveniences the postponement of her show may have caused.
The Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh, explains Reflux laryngitis as a voice disorder that results from irritation and swelling of the vocal cord because of the backflow of stomach fluids into the throat.
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According to the department, the backflow is called laryngopharyngeal reflux (acid that reaches the throat level). People with reflux laryngitis have complaints similar to other vocal issues, making it an easily misunderstood voice complication.
Tems’ disclosure this after the Canadian-based singer Justin Bieber revealed he has partial face paralysis and would take a break from music and entertainment at large. After Tems gained international recognition and a Grammy nomination for a song which she was future by whizkid “Essence,” Tems has featured on albums of global superstars like Drake.
After receiving her second platinum plaque in May, Tems joined Wizkid as the only other Nigerian artiste with two U.S. platinum plaques. The 26-year-old Lagos State-born songstress 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 that a single has sold two million copies. Tems received her first Platinum plaque in October 2021 when ‘Essence’ crossed the one million sales mark.
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