Tiwa Savage has since moved on, landing her first international deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. Now, in a new interview with Premium Times, the singer opens up on her family and musical journey.
It has been months since Tiwa Savage and her husband, Teebillz, rocked our part of the world after he took to Instagram to accuse her of emasculating him, infidelities and ruining his career.
On how she handled the Teebillz drama
It’s been the grace of God and I think I have been able to pull through by simply immersing myself in my work.
On how she deals with the sensational stories written about her
Generally speaking all that has been written about me doesn’t really affect me anymore. When I got into the industry initially, it was very difficult for anybody to realise this. But now, I have come to the realisation that the hard work you put in and the positive things that you do as an artiste always outweighs the negative. Whether you’re in the media, a banker or a nurse, you’re going to have people talk about you. Not everyone loves Jesus Christ so who am I to talk about people saying things about me? You can’t make everyone happy. I don’t try to waste time on people that don’t love me, so I just spend time with people that love me so I don’t disappoint them.
On her most embarrassing moments
I don’t really think that I have had embarrassing moments like that. But I did have one recently while performing on the stage; where my cloth ripped off. I grew up around boys and my brothers teased me a lot. So, I am used to people making fun about me. I don’t take life too seriously and also, Mavin Records comprises of men; Di’ja and I are the only females. My male colleagues are all fun to be around. So when something embarrassing happens, I just take it laugh off and never take it to heart.
On her next career plans
The next stage is how to work and break into the international market. I definitely don’t want to forget my Nigerian roots. I think that when you sign international deal, there is this tendency to forget home. We artistes also tend to forget that the main reason they signed you is because you were doing very well at home, so you can’t forget that. So, I am basically just trying to strike a balance with both audience and market. My dream is to grow the Tiwa Savage brand at home and abroad.