When Tems won “Best International Act” at the BET awards, she gave an inspirational speech on taking risks, choosing our role models, and getting from the dreaming to the doing:
Thank you so much. This is my first award show that I’m winning something, and I just want to use this opportunity to speak to every single young, old, whatever – every single woman watching this, every single girl watching this at home. Where I’m from, things like this don’t happen. Where I’m from, Lagos, Nigeria, this is a dream.
And if you’re watching me I want you to imagine yourself as me because you are meant to be here too. And so I’m dedicating this to every single young woman, every artist, everybody that is striving and dares to dream. I dare you to get up from your seat and go for your dream and fight for yourself. Because you can do it. You can do it, and you can be here. And take this as a sign. If you are waiting for a sign from god, take this as that sign. E go be.
Here’s the speech and a few songs for good measure too.