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Tiwa Savage talks Taking over the Music Industry, Inspirations & Positivity in New Interview

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In a male-dominated industry, Tiwa Savage is paving the way for artists to be referred to as artists not based on their genders but on impact.

Tiwa talks to Guardian Life Magazine about her goal as an artist, why she decided to move back home and who inspired her.

Read excerpts from the interview below:

On moving back home and setting the pace: At that time there weren’t many other female artists in a similar musical lane as me. There were a lot of restrictions and it seemed that people were not ready for a female act who was very comfortable in her own skin to be making music in Nigeria.

On her ultimate goal as an artist: Ultimately my goal as an artist is to show young women, particularly young African women, that with hard work and belief in yourself, there is nothing you cannot achieve. I want to leave a legacy that proves that. I want young women to proudly say “If Tiwa could achieve that, so can I.

On women she’s inspired to be like: There are so many queens doing amazing things in the world right now…They (Oprah, Ava Duvernay, Shonda Rhimes) have shattered the glass ceiling for black women in film and TV…She (Bozoma ‘Boz’ Saint ) was one of the top executives at Apple Music and was recently made the Chief Brand Officer at Uber in the U.S.

She is one of the perfect examples of strong women who show that hard work pays, and the fact that she is an African-born woman is even more inspiring to me. She’s a respected boss, a businesswoman and manages to look fabulous whilst juggling it all.

On how she has remained positive throughout her career: My mother has always told me that, in this life, God only gives you what you can handle. It was a very trying time but God in His infinite mercies gave me the grace to see it through. It only made me stronger.

Creative Team
Creative Direction: Chidera Muoka
Photography: Jerrie Rotimi
Styling: Cynthia Lawrence and Nkem Okorafor
Hair Styling: Debola Falana
Shoot assisted by: Yvonne Ejiofor

9 Comments

  1. gimmehear.com

    November 1, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Good for her… But I’m not seeing the positive impact any ways

  2. SD

    November 1, 2017 at 5:05 am

    This pictures are so beautiful…her skin is black and beautiful

  3. Gurrrrrrrrl

    November 1, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Who has she paved the way for? How many female artists has she collaborated with? If we asked Simi, Niniola or even Yemi Alade who their inspirations were, do you think they would mention her? I mean, to each their own but Oprah, Ava or Bozoma would never go and stand somewhere and say ‘I’m not comfortable with sexual discrimination but let’s just accept it because it is what it is.’ These are women who have fought to be taken seriously not just as female professionals but professionals in general. These are women who have fought for gender equality in their various fields of work and a woman who is content to play second fiddle to men is not a role model, sorry.
    She looks beautiful though

    • seriously

      November 1, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Let’s be real here, every entertainer is deemed as a role model and inspiration these days. And Tiwa is in a male-dominated industry and holding her own. I like the new Tiwa’s look, she looks beautiful and her skin is glowing. Her new songs are bomb too. Most women share the same beliefs as Tiwa. Those women you mentioned have a different mindset.
      How many female artists has Beyonce collaborated with? Yet, she’s seen as an inspiration to women. What is so positive about her songs?

    • Meemee

      November 1, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      @seriously do you know the number of female artists who say Beyonce inspired them? Rihanna, Adele, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Ellie Goulding, Taylor Swift, just to name a few. How many African female singers would say Tiwa inspired them? Run The World, Single Ladies and Formation have all become feminist anthems.
      Female artist who has spent the most weeks at No. 1 this decade (37 weeks).
      Female artist with the most Top 5 hits of the decade.
      Female artist with the most Top 10 hits of the decade.
      Female artist with the most Top 40 hits of the decade.
      Highest paid black actress in the history of cinema
      By her achievements alone, Beyonce has inspired women.
      How many records has your Tiwa set?
      I’ll wait………………………………………………………………………..

    • Seriously

      November 2, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      @Meeeee
      Well, that’s because Africans don’t appreciate their own. Supercritical and over analyze every detail of one’s life. Africans tend to be nicer, lenient and more welcoming to the West. They will rather say an American artist inspires them than an African because you sound cooler, and more exposed according to Africans.

      If Tiwa does half of what Beyonce does, she will be shut down quickly. I mean, the same so-called feminists on this blog will bang her head over her being a wife and mother.
      Her body is to be seen strictly by her husband, she’s a bad mother to her child and negative influence to everyone. Whereas Beyonce’s whole career is based on gyrating her ass across the stage, dressing provocatively, using profanity, being a sex symbol etc So her songs “girls run the world” and formation automatically makes her a feminist now. In real life, she probably shares the same ideology as Tiwa. Hey, I’m just here to make my money and have fun.
      And of course, American female artists mention Beyonce as an inspiration because she’s a prominent female artist who has been in the industry for years.

  4. Moniker

    November 1, 2017 at 9:40 am

    But can she breathe well? The top is kinda tight. The boobis are screaming for help

  5. nene

    November 1, 2017 at 11:44 am

    lies. stop deceiving this woman.

  6. Chu

    November 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I do not know why people are fighting over what she said. She isn’t focused on her gender but on doing a darn good job, when you become so good that people forget your gender and respect your for your craft then you are a success,, that is where she is coming from.
    Females should stop this entitlement mentality, we want equal chances, then fight for it, don’t expect to receive it on a platter of gold, the more females break through the glass ceiling the easier it becomes for females behind them. People are annoyed she went back to her husband is it their home? She chooses to work on it which shows that she is a sensible woman with values, if tomorrow she says she doesn’t want to be with him again and leaves, at least she would have known that she gave her birth.
    Many of us have mothers who were bread winners taking care of their husbands some men took advantage of it while some grew to become more responsible, this microwave generation needs to chill.

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