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Tiwa Savage (Tiwatope Savage-Balogun)

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Tiwa Savage is regarded as a true Nigerian diva, she came to the spotlight in the Nigerian music industry when she released her debut single ‘Kele Kele Love’ which made its way to the top of many Nigerian music charts. Her sultry tones, pulsating dance moves, and electric stage presence immensely propelled her to the top of the Nigerian music industry within a short while.

Welcome to Logbaby’s biography of Tiwatope Savage-Balogun (Tiwa Savage), one of the most amazing and entertaining female singers in Nigeria.


Name:  Tiwatope Savage-Balogun.

Stage or nickname: Tiwa Savage.

Date of birth: February 5, 1980

Nationality: Nigerian.

State of Origin: Lagos State, Nigeria


Born Tiwatope Savage, but her recent marriage to her manager Tunji Balogun resulted in a name change to Tiwatope Savage-Balogunknown by her stage name ‘Tiwa Savage’. 

She is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, recording artist, perfomer, actress and co-owner of “323 Entertainment” with her husband Tunji Balogund

She has 2 brothers of which we are sure and a sister and both of her parents are alive and well.

Above is Tiwa as a child followed by a picture of Tiwa her mother and sister. Above is Tiwa Savage and her brothers in the United Kingdom.


Tiwa Savage released her long awaited debut album “Once Upon a Time” to the Nigerian public on July 3rd, 2013. To add flavor to her music, she sings in her local Yoruba language and also in English. Today, she is recognized as the most popular Nigerian female singer. In her early days she did backup vocals and lent vocals to many international super stars such as Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Destiny’s Child and the late diva, Whitney Houston.


Early Life:                                                          

Tiwa Savage was born in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria and was relocated to London when she was 11 years old. She had a healthy upbringing, growing up in a multicultural setting due to her migration from Nigeria to the United Kingdom, and from the United Kingdom to the United States. 

Her musical interests started while in high school, where she was a trombone player for her school's orchestra. She spent the majority of her young life in the UK and the USA, graduating with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Kent, and worked at The Royal Bank of Scotland after her graduation.

Music Beginnings:

Tiwa got exposed to the music world in London where she started doing backup vocals at the age of 16 while still in high school. She already possessed a degree in Business Administration yet to further her passion in music, she enrolled and graduated with a degree in Professional Music at the age of 27 from Berklee College of Music in 2007.  

At the music school, she was motivated by the drive and passion of the younger students, at the same time not being intimidated due to her age advantage over them. She knew what she wanted and she focused on it. In 2006, Savage participated in the UK music edition of The X Factor and advanced to the final 24 while still attending the aforementioned music school. In2009 Sony/ATV Music Publishing (USA) signed her to a music deal as a writer. She has writted for many artists like Monica and Jaicko. Writing for others was thrilling to her, but she later discovered that writing for herself was more rewarding.


After a long stay and music trials in the UK and US, Tiwa Savage finally relocated to Nigeria in 2010 to join a thriving music industry at a time of great revival. Being a new comer, it wasn’t easy for her when she stepped onto Nigeria's musical landscape.

According to her, numerous people tried to discourage her from settling into music in Nigeria and stated that being a lady she wouldn’t be welcomed like other artists such as MI, 2face and others. But she was not deterred by their negative advices. She felt that home was home and that if she could do well in the UK she would also do well in Nigeria.

Tunji balogun her manager was a great helping hand to her entry into the Nigerian music industry. She said that he was always there for her, encouraging her to hold on even when things were not right. She later dedicated a song for him titled "Written All over Your Face". A verse says “I don’t feel like myself, When I’m with anyone else, You just get it right, That’s why I keep coming back, Time after time, and after time, Oh, baby, Oh. You get into my head, with what you do in my bed, Put me straight to sleep, Baby I’m falling deep, yeah, You do the things that make me weak”.

In 2010 her debut single “Kele Kele Love” proved all the doubters wrong. Instead of being rejected she became admired by many. The song was well received and established her strongly into the Nigerian Music industry.


Her Music:

In 2012, she featured on Flavour’s ‘Onyi n’atum Remix’. The same year 2012, she collaborated with Waje, Praiz, Timi Dakolo and Pamela Egoh on the Ovation Red Carol Theme Song ‘Higher’.

“Once Upon a Time”, her long awaited debut album was released to the Nigerian public on July 3rd, 2013. It featured Iceberg Slim, Sarkodie and General Pype. Savage named the album Once Upon a Time to portray the positive stories about her life. She also said that she wanted to motivate other upcoming artists that

Once upon a time, she was a little girl in Isale Eko who dreamt of being a star. The album includes political songs like "Middle Passage", which is about the struggles of African men in a foreign country. Some of the songs were done in her own local language, Yoruba.


1.    Once Upon a time (Tiwa Savage, Marcus McCauley, Rahima Balogun, Zakira Ousley)

2.    Wanted (Tiwa Savage, Tiffany Fred, Warren ‘Oak’ Felder)

3.    Ileke (Tiwa Savage, TJ Billz, Gospel on the beats)

4.    Middle Passage (Tiwa Savage, Raydar Ellis)

5.    Olorun Mi (Tiwa Savage, Sauce Wilson)

6.    Why Don’t You Love Me (Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Altims)

7.    Fela Interlude (Tiwa Savage, Sauce Wilson)

8.    Love Me, Love Me, Love me (Tiwa Savage, Richard King, Harmony Samuels)

9.    Eminado ft Don Jazzy (Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy)

10.   Folarin (Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, Spellz Magik Boi)

11.   Oh Yeah ft Don Jazzy (Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy)

12.   Shout Out ft Ice Berg Slim & Sarkodie  (Tiwa Savage, Ice Berg Slim, Sarkodie, Spellz Magik Boi)

13.   Written All Over Your Face (Tiwa Savage, Tiffany Fred, Warren ‘Oak’ Felder)

14.   Get Low (Tiwa Savage, Sauce Wilson)

15.   Ife Wa Gbona ft Leo Wonder (Tiwa Savage, Leo Wonder, So Sick)

16.   Eji ma fia (Tiwa Savage, Trafik, Spelz Magik Boi, Chi Gurl)

17.   Baby Mo ft Flavour (Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Del B)

18.  Stand As One ft General Pype (Tiwa Savage, General Pype, Spellz Magik Boi)

19.  Thank You (Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Altims)


Today, she is one of the best things that has ever happened to the industry. Tiwa Savage has established her own label imprint, 323 Entertainment, with her manager Tunji Balogun, whom she also married on Febraruy 5th, 2013.  

323 Entertainment is under Don Jazzy's Mavin Records and she was one of the lead artists on Solar Plexus, MAVIN’s first compilation album.

Her scintillating love song "Love in Yellow", a promotional single meant to celebrate Valentine's Day, was released on January 31, 2014. The song, which has a retro R&B and Funk sound, was produced by Spellz. "Turn It Up", a song by one of Mavin Records newest signees Reekado Banks also featured Tiwa Savage. It was released on February 21, 2014 and was produced by Don Jazzy. On May 1, 2014, Mavin Records released "Dorobucci" featuring Savage, Don Jazzy, Dr SID, D’Prince, Reekado Banks, Korede Bello, and Di’ja. The song, which was produced by Don Jazzy, is the record label's first collaborative release since the release of the Solar Plexus album in 2012. On June 7, 2014, Savage performed at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards alongside Miguel, Flavour N'abania, Davido, Mafikizolo, Uhuru, Oskido and Professor.

On May 27, 2014, 323 Entertainment and Mavin Records released the music video for "Wanted", the video prompted a huge public backlash across various social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


Musician of The Year (Female): City People Entertainment Award, 2014.

Best Female Artist, MTV Africa Music Award, 2014

 Best Highlife female artist: Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA), 2012

Best Vocal Performance (Female): The Headies Award, 2012

Most Gifted R&B Music Video of the Year: Channel O Music Awards, 2012

Best R&B Soul Song: Afrotainment Museke Online Music Awards, 2011

Female Musician of the Year: City People Entertainment Awards, 2011

Most Stylish Female Artiste: FAB Magazine Awards, 2011

Most Promising Act: Dynamix All Youth Awards, 2011

She has to her credit: 25 nomination and counting



Tiwa Savage became the first African female artist to be associated with the Pepsi brand after signing an endorsement deal with them. She also signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria allegedly worth N30 million, she also has endorsement deals with Maggi and Forte Oil PLC. She co-hosted the second season of Nigerian Idol, alongside IllRymz in December 2011.


Personal Life:

Left-Right: Tiwa Savage & Tunji Balogun her husband on their traditional attire on occasion.

“I feel safe, the safeness with him is at another level”, Tiwa Savage said on an interview before she got married to her manager Tunji Balogun.

Tiwa Savage and her millionaire manager Tunji Balogun did their exquisite traditional marriage in 2013 and on 26 April 2014, the couple held their white wedding at the Armani Hotel in Dubai.

They are newly married with no children, although Tunji has 2 children, a boy and a girl from a previous marriage.

Tiwa and Tunji live in Lagos, Nigeria.


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