Government Name: Tiwatope Savage-Balogun
Date of Birth: 5 February 1980
Tiwa Savage is a Nigerian Singer, Songwriter, Performer and Actress born in Ikeja – capital of Lagos State, Nigeria. Tiwa had a healthy upbringing; she grew up in a multicultural setting due to her migration from Nigeria to the United Kingdom when she was 11 years, and from the United Kingdom to the United States. She graduated with a degree in Business administration from the University of Kent before working at The Royal Bank of Scotland. She also enrolled at Berklee College of Music and graduated with a degree in professional music at the age of 27.
In 2006, Savage participated in the UK edition of The X Factor and advanced to the final 24 while attending Berklee College of Music
She 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. Furthermore, she has performed on stage with Sting, 50 Cent, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Robbie Williams and Destiny’s Child
In 2009, Sony/ATV Music Publishing signed Tiwa to a music deal. The deal solidified her to write for Babyface, Kat Deluna, Fantasia Barrino, Monica and Mýa. She has received songwriting credits for her contribution to Monica’s soul-tinged ballad “Catch Me”. Moreover, her collaboration with Fantasia on the song “Collard Greens & Cornbread” earned the American recording artist a Grammy nomination in 2010. Savage wrote Jaicko’s “Oh Yeah” featuring Snoop Dogg, and Kat Deluna’s “Push Push” featuring Akon and David Guetta. In as much as she likes writing for other artists, she finds writing for herself more rewarding. Savage performed background vocals on Whitney Houston’s album I Look to You (2009)
In 2010 Tiwa 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. She joined Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records in 2012 after 323 Entertainment teamed up with the executive producer; Don Jazzy.
In June 2016, there were reports in the media Tiwa Savage had signed a management and distribution deal with Roc Nation. On 29 July 2016, she made it official by announcing the deal through her Instagram account, thereby making her the first Nigerian artist to be signed to the label.
Tiwa Savage married Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun on 23 November 2013 in a 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 22 July 2015, Tiwa Savage gave birth to her son Jamil Balogun.
On 28 April 2016 Tee Billz, in a series of social media posts, accused his wife of infidelity as well as her mother of witchcraft. In a 45-minute interview conducted by Thisday newspaper and Pulse Nigeria, Tiwa Savage extensively addressed her husband’s lengthy social media posts regarding their marriage. She debunked her husband’s infidelity claims and accused him of financial recklessness, drug addiction, and abandonment. Moreover, she said that her marriage to him is over.
Tiwa Savage is one of Africa’s most successful female artists winning several awards and nominations including BET Awards, World Music Awards, Channel O music Awards, The Headies (Nigeria Music Awards), MOBO Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards, AFRIMMA, AFRIMA, MTV Africa Music Awards, City People Awards