Tiwa Savage was the celebrity guest in the Seat of Glory (yes, that’s what I’m choosing to call it) this week on Rubbin’ Minds, granting quite the interesting – albeit not particularly scandalous, for any of you who are on the lookout for that kinda thing – interview, from which I was able to learn quite a few things about the songstress. Check out the top 5 below.
1. She’s a stunner.
So much of a stunner, apparently, that she got host Adebola Williams (who was filling in for regular host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu) a tad disoriented. “My screen is blank,” he joked, acknowledging that he was “starstruck” by the delightful diva.
2. Success has come fairly quickly for her.
We all knew this already, of course, but it’s interesting hearing her say it herself. It’s, in Tiwa’s own words, only been a little over two years since she hit the scene, and it’s been high flying ever since. It’s easy to forget the precision with which she penetrated pop culture consciousness on her arrival; from the smash success of Kele Kele, followed up by two even bigger hits – Love Me 3x and Without My Heart, and let’s not forget her features too – all of which have been bona fide successes.
3. She works hard for the money.
Success might appear to have come quickly for her but that doesn’t imply it’s been easy in the slightest. Miss Savage revealed that she performs an average of two times a week – which generally involve days several days with “4 or 5 hours” of rehearsal beforehand. And this isn’t taking into account the fact she’s still signed as a songwriter to Sony – an obligation for which she is required to submit “10 -15” newly-written songs every week. Damn, girl.
4. She’s not in competition with women.
During the course of the interview, Tiwa made a comment one imagines some might – and probably have done so already – take this as a slight to her female counterparts;
“NONE ACTUALLY. I THINK – IN MY HEAD, THE PEOPLE I COMPETE WITH ARE THE MALE ARTISTS. FOR ME, I LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE; I LOOK AT PEOPLE LIKE WIZKID, IYANYA, TUFACE, D’BANJ. THEY GET MOBOS, BET, MTV AWARDS. THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE I’M LIKE ‘I’M COMING FOR YOU GUYS’.
I THINK IT’S A MALE DOMINATED SOCIETY; IT’S NOT JUST IN MUSIC. YOU LOOK AT THE BANKING INDUSTRY, OIL AND GAS, POLITICS – IT’S DOMINATED BY MEN, AND IT’S THE SAME WITH MUSIC. BUT I THINK WE’RE WORKING REALLY HARD TO CLOSE THE GAP. AND I HAVE TO GIVE KUDOS TO THE OTHER FEMALES THAT ARE DOING IT, BECAUSE WE’RE NOW COMING TOGETHER AND WORKING HARDER SO I THINK THEY’RE PAYING ATTENTION.”
But it’s clear Miss Savage was talking more about reaching the levels of the top male musicians in the country (who are, arguably, miles ahead of the ladies) as opposed to taking part in any supposed girlfights.
Check out clips of the interview below, in case you missed it.