Tiwa Savage Biography, Career & Profile
Tiwa Savage is a musical artist, rapper, songwriter and actress of Nollywood movies. She has signed deals for recording and songwriting with certain record labels including Marvin Records (2012) and Sony / ATV Record label at the moment.
In June 2016, on her social media page, Savage announced a managing and publishing contract with Roc Nation. Her soothing voice and ability to integrate the Nigerian dialect gained considerable attention in many of her songs.
Tiwa Savage Age | Date of Birth
Tiwatope Savage was born in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, on February 5, 1980. As her parent moved to the United Kingdom, she was 11 years old and then traveled to the United States. It gave her the chance to grow up and learn more about a diverse community.
Tiwa Savage Music Career
Her music appreciation began at a young age. Tiwa Savage was a player of the trombone instrument in the orchestra band of her school while she attended college. While she did not pick up music immediately after graduating from Kent University with a degree in Business Administration, she rarely stopped thinking one day of being a big star.
Savage began to work at Scotland’s Royal Bank. Yet she joined notable artists including Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Andrea Bocelli, etc. in musical practices and borrowed vocals to them on shows. She also played with artists such as 50 Cent , Eminem, The Black Eyed Peas, Destiny’s Child, and others on stage.
Savage registered at Berklee College of Music and earned a degree in professional music at 27 years old to support her love for the entertainment industry. According to her, she was motivated by the super young students ‘ drive and passion with which she attended classes.
Her appearance in the UK version of The X Factor was among all her media attention – that whilst she was still studying at the above school of music. She proceeded to the final 24, but in the final 12 she was disqualified. In the reminiscent of Savage’s experience, she said, “It’s been a really painful time.” Yet the crooner of “Kele Kele Love” continues to work diligently to its goals.
Sony / ATV Music Publishing reached a music contract with Tiwa Savage in 2009. For Babyface, Fantasia Barrino, Kat Deluna, Monica and Mýa, the contract reinforced her to write songs.
Yet Savage felt it was time to level up her career and storm the spotlight more than composing for many other music producers. There was no fatherland in her mind anywhere.
It was Savage’s main decision to move back to Nigeria, because in her heart, home is where greatest opportunity lies. It was a little bit of struggle to get into the ever buzzing Nigeria’s musical world. Savage had a lot of hurdles to deal with a male-dominated industry.
She once expressed that she was trying to discourage people close to her from staying in the country. Her debut stage performance was a massive flop. Because her song lacked the normal vernacular to which most Nigerians are used, Savage had to contend with another obstacle. Savage has made some changes to her lyrics, accents and indoctrinated her native tongue as one who is prone to corrections and adjustment. With her former manager and now ex-husband Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun, she set up her own label company, 323 Entertainment.
In 2012, she became a member of Mavin Records through Don Jazzy in 2012 after having collaborated with the executive producer with the label she co-owns.
Her first single, “Kele Kele Love,” had become a huge hit after it was recorded in 2013, it topped the music chart of Nigeria. Then preceded her first most anticipated album, “Once Upon A Time,”.
Tiwa Savage Songs/Albums
To date, three albums have been released by Tiwa Savage:
- Once Upon A Time (2013)
- R.E.D (2015)
- Sugarcane (2017)
Eminado, Ma Lo (with WizKid), All Over, Without My Heart, Wanted, Ife Wa Gbona are her other albums.
Tiwa Savage’s Collaborations & associated Acts
Tiwa Savage got to feature on Don Jazzy’s “Turn It Up” track on Reekado Banks. In the hit song “Dorobucci,” released on May 1, 2014, she featured Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Dr SID, Korede Bello and Di’Ja under the auspices of Marvin Records.
That same year Savage worked on a song for DSTV’s Africa Rising campaign with Lola Rae, Sarkodie, Mi Casa, Diamond Platnumz, and Davido to motivate Africans to engage in society-based social investment projects.
Tiwa appeared together with Miguel, Davido, Mafikizolo, Flavour, Oskido, Uhuru, and Professor at the 2014 MTV music award. She was also named as the Most Gifted R&B Music Video of the Year in Flavour’s album Oyi (Remix), which won the Channel O Music Video Awards.
Tiwa Savage Awards
Throughout her music career, Tiwa Savage has received a total of 15 awards. In 2011 alone, she earned four music awards. The list below is:
- Most Stylish Female Artiste from FAB Magazine Awards (2011)
- Most Promising Act from Dynamix All Youth Awards (2011)
- Female Musician of the Year from City People Entertainment Awards (2011)
- Best R&B Soul Song from Afrotainment Museke Online Music Awards(2011)
- Most Gifted R&B Music Video of the Year from Channel O Music Video Awards.
- Best Vocal Performance (Female) at The Headies (2012)
- Best Highlife from Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) 2012)
- Best Female from MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 (2014)
- Female Musician of The Year from City People Entertainment Awards (2014)
- Best Female West Africa from African Muzik Magazine Awards (2014)
- 2014 Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year and Female Artist of the Year from Nigeria Entertainment Awards
- 2014 Most Gifted Female from Channel O Music Video Awards
- 2014 Best Reggae/Dancehall Single from The Headies
- Best Collabo Song from COSON Song Awards
Tiwa Savage’s Marriage
At one of the biggest wedding events in the Nigerian music industry, it was gold, pink and white affair through the weekend when famous Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage married her fiance, Tunji Balogun alias Tee Billz.
Some Nigerian top celebrities graced the star-studded event and they include Don Jazzy, Lynxxx, Banky W, D’banj, Funke Akindele, Davido, Toke Makinwa, Dr Sid & his fiancee, Jumai Shaba, Agbani Darego, Uti Nwachukwu, Linda Ikeji, Dayo Adeneye (DI) & wife, Andrea Manuela, Freeze (Cool Fm), Eniola Badmus, Dj Exclusive just to name a few.
Tiwa Savage’s Husband, Child
On November 23, 2013, Tiwatope Savage and her husband Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun got married at the Ark in Lekki. A white wedding ceremony was held at the Armani Hotel, Dubai, the preceding year, Apri 26, 2014.
Their first child, son Jamil Balogun, born on 22 July 2015 is coming soon. Not all of her life was a fantasy. Like most stars, Tiwa nearly split immediately after the son’s birth from her husband.
Although Tee Billz blamed her of infidelity, on the part of her husband, she dismissed the allegations and cited financial irresponsibility, drug addiction, and abandonment.
And although they managed to swallow their pride and come back together at some point, the relationship still seems to go downhill until they split up.
Tiwa Savage Net Worth 2020
Tiwa Savage’s has an estimated net worth of about $4.9 million. In addition to income from her album sales, appearances, her sponsorship deals with MTN Nigeria, signed in 2013, are reportedly worth around 30 million.
Since signing a sponsorship deal with the bottling company, she made history as she became the first African female artist to be partnered with Pepsi brand. The economic bouquet list has also been joined by Forte Oil and Maggi.
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