- Tiwa Savage has opened up about her childhood and the challenges she faced as a Nigerian kid abroad
- The singer who moved to London at the age of 10 revealed she got bullied a lot during her teenage years
- This pushed her to attempt taking her life on two different occasions
- Tiwa also shared her thoughts on the recent #EndSARS protests and the issue of police brutality
Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, is considered one of the most talented and beautiful superstars to come out of Nigeria. However, behind the fame and fortune was once a young girl who battled a lot of issues.
In a Black Box interview with Ebuka, the mom of one opened up about her life growing up, how she fell in love with music and her involvement in the #EndSARS protest.
Tiwa revealed she moved to London with her mom when she was 10. Settling in was a problem as she got bullied a lot by her school mates.
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According to her, the bullying pushed her to attempt taking her life on two different occasions. She revealed she hated her skin colour and wanted to bleach her skin. She was also bullied because of her accent.
"When I got to school, it was horrible and I had an accent. My first day I clearly cannot forget. I got to school late and my teacher couldn't pronounce my name. She then asked why I was late to school and I said 'sorry ma there was go slow.' Everyone started laughing. I was teased so badly.
"They use to call me 'African girl' 'Fufu', 'We heard your food smells badly' it was so bad that I literally tried to kill myself two times. I was depressed and bullied. They would flush my hair down during lunch break. At some point, I use to have a police escort me to the bus. I wanted to bleach and started growing my hair. It was really terrible."
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On how she got into music, Tiwa revealed her first attempt at singing professionally was done in a bid to impress a boy she liked when she was 15. She auditioned for a singing program at school and wowed the school.
Shortly after, she was informed about a gig where she snagged an opportunity to sing backup for George Michael and that was how she became a star at her school.
During the recently held #EndSARS protest across Nigeria, Tiwa was one of the few celebrities who lent their voices.
She even went as far as calling on Beyonce to lend her voice which resulted in a backlash from the singer's mom Tina Knowles who replied, saying that her daughter was not a Nigerian spokesperson.
Tiwa Savage also gave her a response, saying every other person had mothers as well.
On what informed her decision, Tiwa had this to say:
"When someone loses a life...I'm just thinking that there is a mother out there who has lost a son because of police brutality. Like I said I know people around me who have experienced terrible terrible brutality from police officers. How can I be in Nigeria and not lend my voice, my platform to something like that? Because people close to me have experienced frightening situations."
Tiwa also said that the reason the #EndSARS protest was different was that Nigerians got tired and wanted something to change. She added that the police officers became more brutal during the lockdown.
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