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Tiwa Savage: Music, History, and Biography

Updated on February 8, 2018

Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage | Source


Tiwa Savage has carved a niche in the Nigerian music industry. She is easily one of the top 10 female recording artists in the country. Born on 5 February 1980 the hardworking singer, performer entered the Nigerian scene in 2012 through a recording deal with Marvin Record.

Tiwa Savage

-tiwa-savage | Source

Early Days

Tiwatope Savage Balogun was born in 1980 at Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. Her family soon migrated to Great Britain when she was 11.

She discovered her talent early playing the trombone in her high school orchestra. Tiwatope graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in Business Administration and worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The talented singer further enrolled at Berklee College for a professional degree in music and graduated at 27. Tiwa Savage is married to Tunji Balogun Tee Billz her manager.


She started her music career as a backup vocalist at 18 years for many notable musicians. Among her credits are backup vocals for George Michel, Andrea Bocelli, Kelly Clarkson, Emma Bunton and Mary J Blige.

More are Blu Cantrell, Ms Dynamite, Chaka khan. Stage performances include Destiny’s Child, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Sting, Robbie Williams and 50 Cents.

A major challenge that most backup singers face is transition from backup to lead. Tiwa’s share determination, talent and experiences motivated her to gain mainstream appreciation.

Tiwa savage on stage

tiwa savage on stage
tiwa savage on stage | Source


In 2006 she participated in The X Factor UK edition advanced to final 24. She later secured a deal in 2009 with Sony/ATV Publishing. She received songwriting credit for Monica’s 'Catch Me' and wrote for Babyface and Mya.

She wrote 'Oh Yeah' featuring Snoop Dog, Push Push featuring Akon and wrote for Fantasia Barrino. Other credits include background vocals for the legendary Whitney Houston.

  • credit for Monica’s 'Catch Me'
  • Babyface
  • Mya
  • 'Oh Yeah' featuring Snoop Dog
  • Push Push featuring Akon
  • Fantasia Barrino

Entrance into the Nigerian Music Scene

Under her own record label 323 Entertainment in 2012 Tiwa joined Don Jazzy’s Marvin Records. As a leading artist at solar Plexus she contributed on a compilation album.


Credits and collaborations with top Nigeria acts include Flavour’s N’abania remix, Timi Dakolo, Sakrode and Praiz. Other collaborations are with Waje, General Pype and Pamela Egoh ‘Higer’.

She released her album 'Once Upon a Time' on 3 July 2013 to the Nigerian Market. Her single Kele Kele received numerous nominations and awards.

The highly acclaimed single Dorobucci was released on 1 May 2014. The song featured Marvin Records Stars, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, D’ja and Dr SID. Other collaborations include Davido, Diamond Platnumz and Lola Rae. She also performed at the MTV Africa Music Awards in 2014.


  • Flavour’s N’abania remix
  • Timi Dakolo
  • Sakrode
  • Praiz
  • Waje
  • General Pype
  • Pamela Egoh ‘Higer’
  • Marvin Records Stars
  • Davido
  • Diamond Platnumz
  • Lola Rae


Tiwa Savage discography is a collaboration album on Solar Plexus 2012. Others are studio album 'Once Upon a Time' 2013 and R E D 2015. She acted a supporting role in 'For Colored Girls' and Sade Banjo in the television series 'Shuga' (Season 3) 2013-2014.

Awards and Nominations

The singer, songwriter and performing artist has won many laurels, awards and nominations. The nominations


The nominations are Dynamix All Youths Award for Promising Artist of the Year 2010. In 2011 she was nominated for The Headies, Tush Youths Award Channel O Music Video Award.

Others include Dynamix All Youth Award and FAB Magazine Awards. She won the Fab Magazine Awards for Most Stylish Female artist and Dynamix All Youth Award for Most Promising Act.

2011 Nominations and Awards

  • The Headies
  • Tush Youths Award
  • Channel O Music Video Award
  • Dynamix All Youth Award
  • FAB Magazine Awards.

2012 Nominations and Awards

In 2012 she won the Channel O Music Video for the Most Gifted R&B video, Afrotainment Museke Online Award for Best R&B Soul song Kele Kele Love.

Tiwa won the City People Entertainment Award for female musician of the year 2012. More nominations are Nigeria Entertainment Award, Nigeria Music Video Award. She was nominate for a 2 Headies Awards for Best RNB single and won Best vocal Performance Female.

  • Channel O Music Video - Most Gifted R&B video
  • Afrotainment Museke Online Award - Best R&B Soul song Kele Kele Love
  • City People Entertainment Award -female musician of the year 2012
  • Nigeria Entertainment Award
  • Nigeria Music Video Award
  • 2 Headies Awards -Best RNB single/Best vocal Performance Female.

2013 Nominations and Awards

In 2013 she was nominated for Best African Act MOBO Awards, Best African Act Video 4Syte TV Music Award. Other Nominations are City People Award for Musician of the year and Best Collabo of the year. She was also nominated for 4 Nigerian Music Video Awards for Best Indigenous concept, Best Highlife, video of the year and Best Use of Costumes.

Nominations and Awards

  • Best African Act MOBO Awards
  • Best African Act Video 4Syte TV Music Award
  • City People Award for Musician of the year
  • 4 Nigerian Music Video Awards - Best Indigenous concept, Best Highlife, video of the year and Best Use of Costumes

2014 Nominations and Awards

2014 nominations are most gifted female video-Channel O, Best Collabo-NEA, Best Use of Costume-NMVA. Others are 5 nominations at the World Music Awards.

She won the Best Female MTV Africa Music Award, Musician of the Year City People, Best Female West Africa, African Muzik Magazine Awards. She won 2 out of 5 nominations at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Other notable achievements in 2014 were 6 nominations and a win at the Headies 2014.

Nominations and Awards

  • Channel O
  • NMVA
  • World Music Awards
  • African Muzik Magazine Awards
  • 5 nominations at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
  • 6 nominations The Headies 2014.

2015/ 2016 Nominations and Awards

Tiwa Savage was nominated for the Artist of the Year City People, Best Love Song COSON, ELOY award for Best Female Artist, Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Artist of the Year. She won Best Collab COSON for Girlie O remix and bagged 4 nominations at WhatsUp TV Africa Music Awards 2016.

Tiwa savage’s tenacity, amazing talent and hardwork has paid off. She is the top female musical artist in Nigeria and we know she’s just warming up.


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