Tiwatope Savage Balogun known by her stage name Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, recording artist, and performer.
The award-winning artist and mother of one are definitely one who has made a mark in the Nigerian music industry. Here are a few facts worth knowing about Tiwa Savage.
Early life and Education
Tiwa Savage was born on 5 February 1980 in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. Her family relocated to London from Nigeria when she was 11 years old. After graduating with a degree in Business administration from the University of Kent, Savage started working at The Royal Bank of Scotland.
Tiwa did backup vocals for George Michael at the age of 16 and lent vocals to other musicians such as Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Blu Cantrell, Emma Bunton, Kelly Clarkson, Andrea Bocelli, and Ms Dynamite among others.
Furthermore, she has performed on stage with Sting, 50 Cent, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Robbie Williams, and Destiny’s Child to name a few.
Tiwa Savage established her own label imprint, 323 Entertainment, with her then-manager and husband Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun whom she got engaged to on 5 February 2013.
In 2012, She joined Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records after the label she co-owned teamed up with the executive producer.
In 2006, Savage participated in UK’s X-Factor and made it to the final 24 while attending the aforementioned music school.
In 2009, Sony/ATV Music Publishing signed Savage to a music deal. The deal solidified her to write for Babyface, Kat Deluna, Fantasia Barrino, Monica and Mýa, among others.
In December of 2011, she co-hosted Season 2 of the Nigerian Idol alongside IllRymz. Moreover, she made her film debut with Joke Silva and Ireti Doyle in the stage adaptation of “For Coloured Girls”.
Tiwa became the first African female artist to be associated with the Pepsi brand after signing an endorsement deal with them.
On November 23, 2013, Tiwa and Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun held their traditional marriage at the Ark in Lekki. The couple’s white wedding was held on 26 April 2014, at the Armani Hotel in Dubai.
On 1 January 2015, Savage and her husband announced that they were expecting their first child together.
On 22 July 2015, Tiwa Savage gave birth to her son Jamil Balogun
Awards and nominations
In 2010, Tiwa Savage bagged the Dynamix All Youth Awards, Promising Artiste of the Year.
In 2011 she won the Tush Youth Awards for Female Musician of the Year and Song of the Year. She also won Next Rated that same year at the Headies.
In 2012 she won the Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best New Act of the Year
In 2013 she won the Channel O Music Video Awards for Most Gifted Female and Musician of the Year (Female) for the City People Entertainment Awards
In 2014 she won the Best International Act: Africa at the 2014 BET Awards
In 2015, she won the Artiste of the Year(Female) at the City People Awards
In 2016, she won the African Artiste of the Year at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards
In 2018, she became the first African woman to win the Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards