Tiwa Savage is a wonderful singer who always blesses her listeners with her music. She has everything it takes to become a star: stage presence, charisma, and an angelic voice. If you would like to get inspired by Tiwa’s successes, then check out her exciting life story. Read the biography of the beautiful songstress and learn how she gained her fantastic success.
Tiwa Savage is a woman of multiple talents. She is not only a brilliant singer but a songwriter and actress as well.
- Name: Tiwatope Savage
- Birthdate: February 5, 1980
- Birthplace: Lagos State, Nigeria
- Age: 41 years (as of 2020)
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Relationship status: Single
- Occupation: Musician, actress
- Net worth: $5 million
Tiwa Savage biography
Tiwa Savage was named Tiwatope Savage when she was born over four decades ago in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State, Nigeria.
Tiwa Savage parents raised their daughter in a multicultural home. When she was eleven years old, her mother Cecilia Savage and her father moved to London.
How old is Tiwa Savage?
As of 2021, Tiwa Savage age is 41 years old. She was born on February 5, 1980.
She has a Business administration degree from the University of Kent. She also attended the Berklee College of Music.
Tiwa first worked at Royal Bank of Scotland after graduating from the university before she went into music full-time.
She had a passion for music from a young age. She played trombone in the local orchestra band when she was in high school.
She got the opportunity to be a backup vocalist for the legendary singer George Michael when she was 16 years old.
She also worked as background vocal for many other prominent musicians, for instance, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Emma Bunton, Andrea Bocelli, and others.
She has also performed on the same stage as 50 Cent, Eminem, Destiny’s Child, Robbie Williams, Sting, and The Black Eyed Peas.
2006 was the year when Savage became a participant of the X-Factor show in the United Kingdom. She showed reasonably good results in the competition and managed to advance to the final 24, but she did not make it to the live shows.
Her participation in the show coincided with her studies at Berklee College of Music. The musician had difficulties with suddenly being in the limelight and meeting people’s expectations.
Savage also said that she was really upset when she did not make it to the final 12, but she tried her best to contain her emotions because she wanted to be an example and role model for the people who were watching her.
She never stopped working on her career, and three years later, in 2009, she was signed to the Sony/ATV Music Publishing Company.
They appreciated her amazing songwriting talent and hired her to write songs. Some examples of musicians she has written songs for include Kat Deluna, Mya, Monica, and Babyface. Tiwa also wrote Monica’s beautiful ballad Catch Me.
Furthermore, she co-wrote a song titled Collard Greens & Cornbread on the Back to Me album of American vocal powerhouse Fantasia Barrino. The album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010.
She has written many more songs for other artists, but she always says that it is more enjoyable and rewarding for her to write her songs.
In 2009, Tiwa Savage worked as a background singer on the Whitney Houston album titled I Look to You. She was a co-host on the Nigerian Idol show in 2011.
In 2011, she made her stage acting debut in the Nigerian adaptation of For Coloured Girls. She acted alongside legendary Nigerian actresses like Ireti Doyle and Joke Silva. She featured in eight episodes of the TV series Shuga in 2013.
The songstress got the title of the first female artist from Africa to work as Pepsi brand ambassador when she signed a lucrative deal with the brand.
2012 was marked with Savage joining the Don Jazzy-owned label, Mavin Records. The compilation album of this label, Solar Plexus, which came out in the same year, featured Tiwa as one of the leading singers.
During the celebrations of the 52nd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence, the beautiful singer performed the national anthem in her rendition for Ndani Sessions.
For her debut album, the songstress revealed her tracklist and announced that the featured artists on the album would be Sarkodie, General Pype, and Iceberg Slim.
Finally, on July 3, 2013, Tiwa Savage’s album, which was titled Once Upon a Time, was released to Nigerian music lovers. The day before the official release in the country, the album was dropped on iTunes.
Tiwa is not only a great singer, but she is also a youth empowerment activist. Aside from that, she has been involved in a lot of projects all across Nigeria for breast cancer awareness and screening.
Tiwa Savage has had a lot of endorsement deals with companies such as MTN Nigeria, Pepsi, Maggi, and Forte Oil.
She consistently signs up new ones, which are worth lots of money – for example, her MTN Nigeria endorsement deal was reported to be worth N30 million.
The singer started 2014 on a high note, releasing the promotional song Love in Yellow for Valentine’s Day. This single’s producer was Spellz, who gave it an unforgettable sound of funk and R&B.
She collaborated with her fellow Mavin Records artist Reekado Banks on his single Turn it Up. Don Jazzy produced this song.
In general, 2014 was a productive year not only for the songstress but also for her label Mavin Records. The label's single titled Dorobucci became a big hit in Nigeria and many parts of Africa.
Her song with Patoranking titled Girlie O’ Remix became an instant hit when it was released in 2014.
Tiwa participated in the MTV Africa Music Awards, performing with such stars as Davido, Miguel, Flavour N’abania, and many others.
In 2015, she released her second album R.E.D on December 19, 2015. It contains a lot of featured artists, such as Don Jazzy, Dr SID, Olamide, 2Face, D’Prince, Iceberg Slim, Reekado Banks, and Busy Signal.
Produced by Don Jazzy, this album became was warmly accepted by her fans. R.E.D. was an acronym for the words Romance, Expression, and Dance.
Tiwa Savage also participated in the recording of the charity song for the campaign Africa Rising by DSTV. She collaborated with such artists as Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Sarkodie, Lola Rae, and Mi Casa in the song. This record was created to inspire African people to take part in projects for the community that foresees social investments.
All the artists that took part in the recording performed the song together at the launch ceremony of Africa Rising, which took place in Mauritius.
In June 2016, more exciting news about Tiwa Savage was revealed– it was reported that she signed a profitable deal with the Jay Z-owned Roc Nation.
Some of the artists from this label are Rihanna, Big Sean, DJ Khaled, Shakira, Grimes, and Demi Lovato. Tiwa later confirmed the deal, and she became the first Nigerian musician to sign a deal with the label.
The songstress released another album in 2017, which was her third. It was titled Sugarcane. Her fans were thrilled with the release of this album, and she responded by sending them her love.
Tiwa Savage songs have undoubtedly won the hearts of many people around the world.
Usually, she does not even call her fans “fans” – she says that they are like a family to her, who inspire her and always make her continue doing the things she loves and can do best.
Awards and nominations
The talented singer-songwriter has many awards nominations, and she has several awards too. She became the first female artist to win Best African Act award after she was declared the winner of the Best African Act award at the MTV European Music Awards in 2018.
What is Tiwa Savage net worth?
The beautiful vocalist reportedly has a net worth estimated at $5 million.
Marriage and family
The singer is currently single. She was previously married to TeeBillz, whose real name is Tunji Balogun. The two started out as good friends before their relationship became a romantic one.
Their traditional wedding took place in November 2013; the wedding venue was the Ark, Lekki, Lagos. Tiwa Savage wore a beautiful traditional attire in mostly white colours.
She had her bridesmaids dressed in beige and pink gowns. As for the groom Teebillz, he also chose an attire with a similar colour to his bride’s.
The best man of the groom was none other than the singer Banky W. A lot of Nigerian stars, including Don Jazzy, Davido, and Olamide, attended the wedding and performed there.
Not long afterwards, on April 26 of the following year, Tiwa Savage and Teebillz had a white wedding in Dubai. Tiwa Savage wedding ceremony took place at the Armani Hotel.
It was a beautiful and expensive wedding, with the beautiful songwriter wearing a magical white gown, and her husband looked handsome in an elegant suit.
They also had a huge wedding cake with splendid decorations. Just like their traditional wedding, this ceremony also had many of their celebrity friends in attendance.
In January 2015, on New Year’s Day, Tiwa and Teebillz announced that they were expecting a child together.
On July 22, 2015, the Nigerian music star gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Jamil Balogun.
For a while, the happy parents tried to hide their son from the public eye. However, a few months later, the new mom began started posting pictures of her little boy.
Tiwa Savage divorce
The first drift in Tiwa and Teebillz's relationship appeared in 2016 when Teebillz accused his spouse of infidelity.
The singer fired back, debunking these claims and, in turn, accusing him of wasting money, abandoning her, and being an irresponsible father to their baby.
In 2016, the singer announced that their marriage was over in an interview she gave after her then-husband had a social media rant against her and her mother.
Though Tiwa Savage marriage ended some years ago, she and her ex-husband still keep in touch as they are co-parenting their son.
Tiwa Savage hairstyles
The beautiful songstress is not only known for her great voice but also known for her beauty. She is very good at stepping out in the latest designer clothes and beautiful hairstyles.
Check out some of the most beautiful hairstyles the Nigerian Afro-pop music queen has rocked.
Savage looks like a superstar in this sleeky straight hair style.
Ladies, if you are looking styling ideas for your short-length hair, this beautiful curly style is all you need.
The Nigerian Afro-pop queen looks super chic in this bob style.
Well-done braids and good makeup are a perfect combination for a gorgeous look any day.
These cornrows are simple but very classy.
Tiwa Savage gives off Rihanna vibes with this combination of a shoulder-length hairstyle and eyewear.
This hairstyle is a great way to have cornrows and long braids at the same time.
The mom of one effortless rock this long straight weave.
Tiwa Savage is one of the most talented female vocalists in Africa. She keeps making Africa proud all over the world with her great voice and exceptional songwriting skills.
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