Tiwa Savage Biography, Net Worth, Profile & Age
BIRTH NAME: Tiwatope Savage
STYLE RATING: 6.0%
DISPLAY NAME: Tiwa Savage
NET WORTH: $6 Million Dollars
Tiwa Savage was born Tiwatope Savage on the 5th of February, 1980, in Ikeja, Lagos state. When she clocked eleven years of age, her family moved to London. She acquired basic education there in London, and was a trombonist for her the orchestra band in her highschool.
Her upbringing can be described as rich as she was raised in a multicultural setting – firstly in Nigeria, secondly in the United Kingdom, and then the United States. She had a basic idea of the cultural values prominent in both sovereign states. She studied Business Administration at the University of Kent, and worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland after her graduation from the University.
Tiwa Savage haa performed live on stage with big-time American musicians like Eminem, 50 Cent, Destiny’s Child, Robbie Williams, and a few others. At age 16, she was already a backup vocalist for George Michael, and did backup for musicians suchlike Emma Bunton, Ms. Dynamite, Blu Cantrell, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, and others.
She bagged a degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music at age 27, and was able to quickly understand Nigerian music due to her business background. While studying at the Berklee College of Music in 2006, she participated in the The X Factor there in the United Kingdom.
Although she advanced to the final 24, but there was a stopper, she didn’t advance to the final 12, and it was a difficult time for her upon receiving the sad news. In 2009, Tiwa Savage signed a music deal with the renowned Sony/ATV Music Publishing – a deal which made Savage the songwriter for musicians Mya, Kat Deluna, Babyface, Monica, and Fantasia Barrino.
Tiwa Savage was a background vocalist on the song titled I Look to You by Whitney Houston. She wrote Push Push by Kat Deluna, Oh Yeah by Jaicko, and contributed to Monica’s Catch Me – a song for which she’s earned songwriting credits. Tiwa Savage co-hosted the Nigerian Idol episode 2 alongside IllRymz in December 2011. Her official film debut was made in “For Coloured Girls” stage adaption with Ireti Doyle and Joke Silva.
Tiwa Savage’s Musical Journey: 2010 to 2013
Tiwa Savage cofounded her record label, 323 Entertainment with Tee Billz, who was her manager at that time. In 2012, she joined Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records. In 2010, Tiwa Savage began recording her debut studio album and had developed rapport with Keith Harris, Scott Coleman, Darien Dorsey, Radar Ellis, and Derek Pate at the Berklee College of Music where they all studied music.
She also collaborated with music producers So Sick (Da Grin), Chuck Harmony, and Warren Oak Felder. In 2012, Tiwa Savage was a featured vocalist in Flavour’s Oyi Remix, and had her own version of the Oyi Remix song. In November 2012, Tiwa Savage alongside Pamela Egho, Timi Dakolo, Praiz, and Waje worked on “Higer” – a theme song for Ovation Red Carol.
On the 3rd of July, 2013, Tiwa Savage released the long anticipated debut album titled “Once Upon a Time”. The album was titled Once Upon a Time to reveal the good storylines of her life. The album was a hit, and it had really cool supportive singles.
Her Musical Career from 2014 to 2016
On the 31st of January 2014, Tiwa Savage released a song titled Love in Yellow. The song was produced by Nigerian producer Spellz, and was a promotional song for 2014 Valentine’s Day. She was featured in Reekado Banks hot single titled Turn it Up.
The single by Reekado Banks was produced by Don Jazzy in 2014. Being a music act under the Mavin Records music label, she was featured in the label’s collaborative single titled Dorobucci. The song was released on the 1st of May 2014, and it featured all music artistes under the Mavin Records music label. The song was produced by the label boss and founder, Don Jazzy.
On the 19th of May 2014, Tiwa Savage featured on Patoranking’s Girlie O Remix produced by WizzyPro. The song quickly gathered over 20 million views on YouTube months after its release. Alongside Davido, Flavour N’abania, Miguel, and others, Tiwa Savage performed on the 7th of June 2014 at the MTV Africa Music Awards.
Tiwa Savage collaborated with Davido, Mi Casa, Diamond Platnumz, Lola Rae, and Sarkodie to release a song for a campaign known as Africa Rising by DSTV. The campaign was directed at motivating Africans to take part in social investment projects at the community level. The music video for the Africa Rising campaign song was shot and directed by Callback Dream – a music production firm based in South Africa.
The video was released on the 24th of June, 2014. On the 29th of July, 2016, Tiwa Savage announced via her Instagram handle that she signed a management and distribution deal with Roc Nation. This made her the first ever Nigerian musician to sign a deal with Roc Nation.
Challenges Faced in the Nigerian Music Industry
Tiwa Savage got into the music industry unpopular. She was naive and really didn’t know what to expect at that time. She had haters and a few lovers who encouraged her musical efforts. She was ridiculed, and those who thought she wouldn’t make thought so with all pledge of confidence.
People also discouraged her from settling in the country, discouraged from pursuing her musical career in Nigeria and that would not make it to the top as a female singer in Nigeria. Moreover, she was told she would never be able to meet up and perform on same platform with top stars like 2face Idibia, Wizkid, and the others.
Notwithstanding the negative odds, she went on with what she wanted to do from the moment she landed Nigeria, and released her hit single titled Kele Kele Love. The single topped music charts in Nigeria, and put her on same pedestal with numerous reigning artistes at the time.
Tiwa Savage got married traditionally on the 23rd of November, 2013 to Tee Billz, and a white wedding took place on the 26th of April, 2014, in Dubai, at the Armani Hotel. They had their first child named Jamil Balogun on the 22nd of July. The couple started having serious issues in 2016.
On the 28th of April, 2016, her husband Tee Billz (Tunji Balogun), took to social media to accuse Tiwa Savage’s mother of being a witch, and accused Tiwa Savage of infidelity. As was expected, Tiwa Savage debunked his accusations, and said he was financially reckless, drug addicted, and accused him of abandonment in an interview conducted by Pulse Nigeria and ThisDay Newspaper.
Tiwa Savage is seen more often with Wizkid now, it’s unbelievable to admit they’re dating, but recent updates about them both clearly depicts so, especially as she named Wizkid her bestie at the 2018 Headies Awards. Wizkid also asked her to “stay sexy for Daddy” on stage, suggesting something more than just being friends. In one of Wizkid’s music video for his hit song titled Fever, featuring Tiwa Savage, it could be seen that they were closely romancing.
Tiwa Savage has an estimated net worth of $6 million dollars. She earns from endorsement deals, show bookings, music sales, business deals and from her record label, 323 Entertainment.
She’s also a talented actor who’s starred in a few movies. In the past, Tiwa Savage signed a N30 million naira endorsement deal with MTN, a deal with Pepsi worth about N30 million naira, a N20 million naira endorsement deal with Konga online shopping platform, and other multimillion naira endorsement deals with Pampers, Maggi, and Forte Oil.
She is paid millions of naira when booked to perform at events, and also earns from her music sales. Tiwa Savage also pockets a few million naira from her songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and from her 323 Entertainment record label. She’s got really expensive vehicles, and resides in her mansion in Lagos State. She’s also paid to feature in a song, a movie, or to work with other artistes on and off stage.