Biography of Tiwa Savage and Her Net Worth

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This is the latest accepted revision, reviewed on 19 August 2018.


Tiwatope Sava

Tiwa Savage

ge-Balogun  popularly known as Tiwa Savage was born on 5th February 1980 at  Isale Eko Lagos Island, Lagos State.

Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, performer and actress and a dancer. While attending high school, she was a trombone player for her school’s orchestra band. Savage had a healthy upbringing; she grew up in a multicultural setting due to her migration from Nigeria to the United Kingdom, and from the United Kingdom to the United States.

Tiwa popularly known for her stage name bagged a degree in Business administration from the University of Kent. Savage also enrolled at Berklee College of Music and graduated with a degree in professional music at the age of 27. Savage did not allow her affluence background to derail her determination to succeed in music career. While recounting her experiences there, she said she was inspired by the drive and passion of the younger students. She also said she needed the school’s atmosphere. Savage spoke briefly on the challenges musicians face during their transition from backup to lead, and said that “artists face more scrutiny when their performances are mediocre”.

Her business background also has helped her fully to understand the scope of the Nigerian music industry. Savage spoke about her business background and said that her level of professionalism does not make her susceptible to deception.

She currently has the following to her credit:

Songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

In 2012, Tiwa signed a recording contract with Mavin Records.

2016, Tiwa also signed a management and publishing deal with Roc Nation, which she later confirmed via Instagram.

Tiwa co-wrote the track “Collard Greens & Cornbread” off Fantasia Barrino’s Grammy-nominated album, Back to Me.

She featured on Solar Plexus, a compilation album released by Mavin Records.

Her debut studio album, Once Upon a Time, was released on 3 July 2013. It was supported by the singles “KeleKele Love”, “Love Me (3x)”, “Without My Heart”, “Ife Wa Gbona”, “Folarin”, “Olorun Mi” and “Eminado”.

December 19, 2015 Tiwa second studio album, R.E.D, was released. It produced the singles “My Darlin'”, “African Waist” and “If I Start To Talk”. Savage sings in English and Yoruba. As a singer, her achievements include an MTV Africa Music Award, two The Headies Awards, one Channel O Music Video Award, one Nigeria Music Video Award, and two City People Entertainment Awards. She plays afropop, soul and R &B kinds of music while the instruments are vocals.

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Tiwa is married to Mr. Tunji Balogun in 2013 and currently has a son Jamil Balogun.

In 2006, Tiwa participated in the UK edition of “The X Factor” and advanced to the final 24 while attending the aforementioned music school. While participating in the popular music competition franchise, she had difficulty dealing with the limelight. Tiwa was quoted as saying, “You have to always realize that people are watching. When I got the bad news that I wasn’t getting through [to the final 12] it was a really painful time. But you still have to learn how to hold that until you get home. Because you don’t want to just let everything out. People admire you and want to see that you’re strong; they don’t want to see you breaking down.”

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 December 2011, she co-hosted the second season of Nigerian Idol alongside IllRymz. Moreover, she made her film debut with Joke Silva and Ireti Doyle in the stage adaptation of For Coloured Girls. Tiwa Savage became the first African female artist to be associated with the Pepsi brand after signing an endorsement deal with them.

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Savage has been involved in many youth empowerment and breast cancer screening projects across Nigeria. Savage helped  raise money for an organisation that build schools in her hometown. In July 2013, Savage signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria reportedly worth ₦30 million.

Tiwas’s Awards

Year Event Prize Recipient    
2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Viedeo Awards African Video of the Year
Best African Female Video
Best West African Video
Best African Performance Herself – One Africa Music Fest 2016
2015 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards African Artiste of the Year
City People Awards Artiste of the Year(Female) Herself
COSON Song Awards Best Love Song My Darlin
Best Collabo Song Girlie O (Remix)
2014 ELOY Awards Best Female Artist “Wanted”
Best Brand Ambassador Tiwa Savage for MTN
The Headies 2014 Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year Herself
Artiste of the Year
Best Vocal Performance (Female) Tiwa Savage for “Wanted”
Best R&B/Pop Album Once Upon a Time
Best Collabo “Girlie O Remix”
(Patoranking featuring Tiwa Savage)
Best Reggae/Dancehall Single
2014 Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Female “Eminado”
(featuring Don Jazzy)
Most Gifted Video of the Year
MOBO Awards Best African Act Herself
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Female Artist of the Year Herself
Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year
Best Album of the Year Once Upon a Time
Hottest Single of the Year “Eminado”
(featuring Don Jazzy)
Best Music Video of the Year (Artist & Director)
African Muzik Magazine Awards Best Female West Africa Herself
City People Entertainment Awards Musician of The Year (Female)
BET Awards 2014 Best International Act: Africa
MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 Best Female
World Music Awards World’s Best Song “Eminado”
(featuring Don Jazzy)
World’s Best Video
World’s Best Female Artist Herself
World’s Best Live Act
World’s Best Entertainer of the Year
2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Use of Costumes “Without My Heart”
(featuring Don Jazzy)
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Collabo
Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Female Video
4Syte TV Music Video Awards Best African Act Video
MOBO Awards Best African Act Herself
City People Entertainment Awards Musician of the Year (Female)
Best Collabo of the Year “Without My Heart”
(featuring Don Jazzy)
2012 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Use of Costumes “Ife Wa Gbona”
Best Highlife
Best Indigenous Concept
Video of the Year
Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act of the Year Herself
Best Pop/R&B Artist of the Year
The Headies Best Vocal Performance (Female) “Love Me (3x)”
Best R ‘N’ B Single
Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted R&B Music Video of the Year “Oyi (Remix)”
(Flavour N’abania featuring Tiwa Savage)
2011 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act of the Year Herself
Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) Best Use of Choreography “Kele Kele Love”
City People Entertainment Awards Female Musician of the Year Herself
Afrotainment Museke Online Music Awards Best R&B Soul Song “Kele Kele Love”
FAB Magazine Awards Most Stylish Female Artiste Herself
Dynamix All Youth Awards Most Promising Act
Channel O Music Video Awards Most Gifted Female Video “Kele Kele Love”
Tush Youth Awards Female Musician of the Year Herself
Song of the Year “Love Me (3x)”
The Headies Next Rated “Kele Kele Love”


One of Tiwa Savage’s Stage Concert.

In June 2014, Savage collaborated with Mi Casa, Lola Rae, Sarkodie, Diamond Platnumz, and Davido on a song for DSTV’s Africa Rising campaign, which was designed to inspire Africans to partake in community-based social investment projects. The music video for the song, released on 24 June 2014, was shot and directed by South African production house Callback Dream. The aforementioned artists performed the song at the Africa Rising launch ceremony in Mauritius.

Tiwa’s Net Worth is currently placed at over $10 million dollars, one of the richest Musician, actress, dancer and performers in Africa and ranked one of the most successful female artists in music career in the World.




Updated: October 7, 2018 — 6:04 pm

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