Tiwatope Savage is a Nigerian musician and Lagos state celebrity popularly known as TIWA SAVAGE. She was born on February 5, 1980 at Ikeja, Lagos state in Nigeria. In high school, she was a trombone player for her school’s orchestra brand. Tiwa graduated from the University of Kent, bagging a degree in Business Administration. She later worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Tiwa enrolled at Berklee College of music and graduated with a degree in professional music at the age 27. She is talented singer, recording artist and song writer. Due to the fact that her parents relocated to London when she was just 11 years old, her musical career was influenced by the foreign environment.
Tiwa’s exposure in the music industry began as far back as when she was in high school. Then she did back-up vocals for popular musicians like Mary J Blige, Kelly Clarkson and others. She also performed on stage with big names in the music industry like 50 cent, Eminem, Destiny’s child and several others. She has so far reached top charts in the Nigerian music industry.
Her business background has helped her fully understand the scope of the Nigerian music industry. Savage spoke about her business background and said that her level of professionalism has helped her with deceptive individuals.
When Savage stepped into the Nigerian music industry, she did not know what to expect. Moreover she received a lot of ridicule and hostility from people who believed she would not make it. Tiwa did not allow people’s negative connotation of her discourage her from doing music. She released her debut single ‘kelekele love’ the song made its way to the top of several Nigerian music charts.
Savage established her own label imprint, 323 entertainments, with her then manager and husband Tunji Tee Billzwhom she got engaged to on 5th February, 2013. She joined Don Jazzy’s Mavin records in 2012 after the label co-owns teamed up with the executive producer. She was one of the lead artists on solar plexus, the recorded label’s first compilation album.
Tiwa savage is presently signed to Mavin records and Sony music publishing. She is a humanitarian; she has been involved in empowerment programs for the youths. Tiwa Savage has won several awards. As a singer, the sky is only her limit. In 2013, Savage signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria reportedly worth N30million. She also signed deals with Forte Oil, Pepsi and Maggi.
Tiwa Savage got married to Tunji Balogun popularly known as Tee Bliz. On 23 November 2013, the couple held their traditional marriage at the Art 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, Tunji, 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 This Day newspaper and Pulse Nigeria, Mama Jamil 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 her marriage to him is over.