Popular female singer, Yemi Alade has recalled how her reluctance to get down with some bigwigs in the entertainment industry cost her a lot of opportunities and even awards.

Alade who is often regarded as Africa’s next Angelique Kidjo owing to her music prowess and her successful partnership with the Benenoise songstress that made her a Grammy award winner has opened up on her struggles on home soil.

In a post making rounds on social media, she said her decision to uphold self-dignity has cost her lucrative deals.

She wrote: “There was a time in the industry when everyone wanted to sleep with me and it was like, ’Yemi, if you don’t do this, you won’t have that’, going down with men was like a bridge I had to cross to get on some platforms, get some deals and even awards.

“When I made my decision never to engage in sexual activities for gains, lots of opportunities were automatically blocked for me. Ask yourself why Yemi Alade who is the most viewed and most subscribed Nigerian female artiste on YouTube gets almost no recognition from award shows year after year. Even during Twitter debates, no one mentions Yemi Alade as one of the biggest female artists in Nigeria. They really blocked everything for me. But I’m glad coz I have my dignity, I have my life, I’m making cool cash, and above all, I have fans who love me so much.”