Waje Biography: Age, Husband, Children & Net Worth

Waje – One Naira

Stage Name: Waje
Real Name: Aituaje Aina Vivian Ebele Iruobe
Occupation: Musician
Date Of Birth/Age: 1st September, 1980 (43 years old)
State of Origin: Ondo State
Gender: Female
Nationality: Nigerian
Marital Status: Not Married
Education: University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Known for: One Naira

Early Life

Waje was born on September 1 in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. As the firstborn and first daughter in her family, she faced the challenges of her parents’ divorce during her upbringing. Despite these difficulties, she showcased her vocal talent early on, earning admiration from the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa.

During her secondary school days, Waje encountered the struggles of being a single mother, getting pregnant while writing her final year certificate examinations. Despite facing temporary exclusion from her church choir, she persevered and continued to sing gospel tunes. Waje’s journey led her to Nsukka, where she attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, earning a degree in Social Work and honing her musical skills inspired by legends like Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin.

Career Beginnings 

Waje’s musical journey took off in 2007, marked by her participation in the P-Square hit track “Do Me.” Her vocal prowess, spanning three octaves, gained recognition, leading to collaborations with artists like Banky W and M.I. Her breakthrough continued with features in hit tracks like “One Naira” and “Thief My Kele.”

In 2013, Waje released her debut studio album, “Words Aren’t Just Enough,” solidifying her status in the Nigerian music scene. Her career expanded into acting with her debut in the 2014 film “Tunnel.”

Hermanes Media and “She Is”

In 2019, Waje, alongside Omawumi, launched Hermanes Media, a media company specializing in film and TV production, advertising, content curation, brand event activation, and creative digital marketing. Despite facing challenges in the music industry, Waje continued to contribute to the entertainment world.

Waje’s involvement in the 2019 movie “She Is” showcased her versatility as an artist. She collaborated with Omawumi on the movie’s soundtrack and ventured into movie production.

“Waje 2.0” Album Release

In 2022, Waje marked another milestone with the release of her album, “Waje 2.0.” The 11-track album features collaborations with artists such as Tiwa Savage, Imi Lawz, Falz, Emmyblaq, and Masterkraft, showcasing her evolving musical style.

Personal Life and Philanthropy

Waje is a single mother, and her sister, Amaka Iruobe, is an actress. Beyond her music career, Waje actively engages in philanthropy through “Waje’s Safe House,” supporting causes like the Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children.

She has also been a notable figure in advocating against electoral manipulation and violence, collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria.

Discography

Studio Albums:

W.A.J.E (2013)

Red Velvet (2018)

Heart Season (EP) (2021)

WAJE 2.0 (2022)

Awards and Nominations

Waje’s contributions to the music industry have been recognized with numerous nominations and awards, including nominations at the Nigerian Music Video Awards, Dynamix Awards, Headies, City People Awards, Nigerian Entertainment Awards, and more.

Controversy

Renowned Nigerian singer, Waje, has found herself amidst a storm of controversy following her  performance at Bola Tinubu’s inauguration concert, ‘RenewedHopeConcert.’ The event, held at the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja and organized by the All Progressives Congress (APC), aimed to celebrate the youth’s contributions during the general elections, boasting a star-studded lineup.

While the concert attracted a significant audience, Waje’s participation has triggered a backlash on social media platforms. Critics argue that her decision to perform at an event commemorating Tinubu’s presidency contradicts the values and principles she has previously stood for. Some accuse Waje of aligning herself with a political figure without fully considering the potential ramifications of her actions.

The controversy has sparked a broader conversation about the role of artists in political events and the possible impact of their actions on public perception. Fans, divided in their opinions, have taken to social media to express disappointment, feeling that Waje’s involvement compromises her integrity and the trust they had placed in her as an artist advocating for societal change. On the other hand, some argue that she is justified in securing opportunities, regardless of their political context.

She is known for her soulful voice and impactful lyrics, now faces the challenge of navigating this controversy while maintaining the support and trust of her fanbase. The incident raises questions about the delicate balance artists must strike when engaging in political events and the complexities of managing their public image in the ever-watchful eyes of their audience.

Networth

Unlike many celebrities who love talking about their money, Waje isn’t one to boast about her wealth. She keeps things low-key. Even though she doesn’t shout about it, people have been chatting, and the general guess is that her net worth is around $3 million. Now, that might not sound like a big deal in some places, but in Nigeria, it’s quite a hefty sum. Waje might not be making noise about her “bags” like some celebs, but it seems she’s quietly doing pretty well for herself by Nigerian standards. You can find her on Instagram.

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