Popular Nigerian Singer, Tiwa Savage has spoken about her broken marriage to artiste manager, Teebillz.
The singer who recently released her first body of work under Motown records “Celia” has been sharing never heard before stories about her life before the fame and after. In a recent interview with New York Times, Tiwa spoke about “Celia,” her journey in the music industry, her failed marriage, and her intentions to encourage young African girls.
Speaking on using her platform to encourage young African girls, Tiwa said she was heavily criticized in Nigeria for being too sexy especially in a male-dominated industry so she relocated to Los Angeles and considered going back to simply being a songwriter. However, after receiving multiple messages from African ladies praising her style, Tiwa vowed to continue making music and also to give the ladies a voice.
I wanted my message to be clear. I have a platform now to encourage young African girls — and just young girls in general — how important it is to be true to yourself and be non-apologetically strong as a woman. But then I would open my DMs, and I’d see all these young girls being like, ‘I love your sleeve tattoo.
I love your piercing. …And it was like, I have to go back for these girls. Now I say that I want to inspire girls, but they inspired me to come back.I feel like as a musician, I owe it to my listeners just to have that one song where they just want to cry or they want to just be in a room and know that everything will be all right.
In the track “Us (Interlude),” off the “Celia” album, she addressed her break up with ex-husband, Tunji Balogun popularly known as TeeBillz. “I wasn’t enough/You weren’t enough/Love wasn’t enough”. Falling all the leaves are falling, I should have seen the warnings…So many times we lie for love and mama prayed for us still not enough, not enough. It wasn’t enough, I wasn’t enough, you weren’t enough, love wasn’t enough…”
Tiwa Savage admitted that it had taken years to come to terms with the breakup. “It’s definitely the first time I’m being vulnerable,” “When we first started, it was just like, ‘Me and you, we’re going to conquer the world.’ And then it got to a point where the brand was getting big, and when I had to make a decision, it wasn’t just me and you,” she said.
On the production process for Celia: She convened a songwriting camp. She booked eight rooms for 15 days at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, where producers and musicians could come and go, bouncing ideas off one another as Savage supervised, selected tracks, and came up with top lines. “Just put your heart into it, and let’s have fun,” she told them.