Tiwa Savage Biography: Age, Husband, Children, Awards & Net Worth

Tiwa Savage – Eminado

Stage Name Tiwa Savage
Real Name Tiwatope Savage
Occupation Musician
Date Of Birth/Age 5th February, 1980 (44 years old)
Gender Female
Height 5′ 4
Weight 110lbs
Place of Birth Lagos Island, Lagos
State of Origin Lagos State
Nationality Nigerian
Marital Status Tunji Balogun (Husband 2013–2018)
Education University of Kent
Known for Eminado

Early Life and Education

Tiwa Savage, whose full name is Tiwatope Savage, was born on February 5, 1980, in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. Raised in a multicultural household, with her father being Nigerian and her mother of Sierra Leonean descent, Tiwa developed a diverse cultural perspective. She attended the University of Kent in the United Kingdom, where she earned a degree in Business Administration.

Musical Beginnings

Tiwa Savage’s foray into the music scene began at an early age. She was part of her school’s orchestra, displaying her vocal prowess and love for music. After completing her studies, Tiwa worked at various record labels, including Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where she contributed to the songwriting for several top artists, including Mary J. Blige and Kat DeLuna.

Milestone with Mavin Records

In 2012, Tiwa Savage signed a recording contract with Mavin Records, a label founded by renowned Nigerian producer Don Jazzy. Her debut single, “Kele Kele Love,” marked her official entry into the Nigerian music scene. The song’s success paved the way for her debut studio album, “Once Upon a Time,” released in 2013, which featured hit tracks like “Eminado” and “Love Me.”

Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage

Global Recognition and Collaboration

Tiwa Savage’s international acclaim expanded with collaborations featuring global music stars. Notable among these collaborations is “Keys to the City” with Jamaican dancehall artist Busy Signal and “Bad” with Nigerian-American singer Wale. Her collaborative efforts demonstrated her versatility and contributed to her emergence as a leading figure in the Afrobeats genre.

Afrobeats Royalty

Tiwa Savage’s impact on the Afrobeats genre goes beyond her musical talent. Her distinct voice, stage presence, and ability to fuse traditional African sounds with contemporary styles have earned her the title of the “Queen of Afrobeats.” She has received numerous awards, including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act.

Business Ventures

In addition to her musical pursuits, Tiwa Savage has ventured into business. She launched her own imprint, 323 Entertainment, and signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. Her business acumen extends to the fashion industry, where she collaborated with reputable brands.

Husband and Kids

While Tiwa Savage’s professional life is widely celebrated, her personal life has also been in the public eye. She was married to Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun, a music executive, with whom she has a son named Jamil. The couple faced public scrutiny during challenging times in their marriage, which drew attention to the broader conversation about public figures and their private lives.

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Activism and Social Impact

Tiwa Savage has used her platform to advocate for various social causes. She has been vocal about issues such as gender equality and the importance of mental health awareness. Her role as a UNICEF Ambassador further underscores her commitment to making a positive impact beyond the realm of entertainment.

Net Worth

Tiwa Savage’s net worth is estimated at $50 million, solidifying her position as the richest female musician in Nigeria and potentially across Africa. You can connect with her on Instagram.

Facts & Stats

Languages: English, Yoruba

First song: Kele Kele Love


  1. Celia – 2020
  2. Once Upon a Time – 2013
  3. R.E.D – 2015
  4. Water & Garri – 2021, EP
  5. Sugarcane – 2017, EP

Genre:  Afropop, Afrobeats, pop

The year she started signing: she started signing in 1996

Hit songs: Somebody’s Son, Tiwa Savage, Brandy; Loaded, Tiwa Savage, Asake; Koroba, Tiwa Savage; Gbese, Majeeed, Tiwa Savage; Dangerous Love.


  • MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act – 2018
  • City People Music Award for Best Collabo of the Year – 2018
  • The Headies Award for Best Collabo  – 2023, 2018 · Who Is Your Guy? (Remix), Ma Lo
  • MTV Africa Music Award for Best Female – 2014
  • Nigeria Entertainment Award for Female Artist of the Year – 2014
  • City People Music Award for Music Artist of the Year (Female) – 2017, 2014