Multiple award-winning singer, Tiwa Savage has recounted how Banky W, Mo hits and other record labels turned her down when moving to Nigeria to do afrobeats.
Speaking during part two of her “BlackBox” interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tiwa said many of them rejected her as at then because they had female artistes signed.
The mother of one also recalled how her ex-husband, Teebillz helped her in building her career and how they both came up with 323 label after rejections from other ones.
On her journey into Mavin records, Tiwa said she decided to give another trial because she was inspired by Don Jazzy's strength in building stars.
“…Jazzy man, who doesn’t want to work with Jazzy? To me, he’s not just a producer. He developed artistes; sound. I saw what he did with Dr. Sid, who was different from Wande and DPrince and D’ban j,” the songstress said.
“I’m seeing him create stars, not just giving them a beat. I was like I wanted someone to take me to that next level. Apart from that, I felt like a family. When I first started, I was with TJ (TBillz) and I was always under someone.
“And then I went to Flytime and Mavin. At some point, I just wanted to step out on my own and take that risk for once. Then, I’d been with him for like six-seven years. It was a very difficult time.
“I cried, went off social media for like months. I was really depressed; scared of doing it. But I also knew that I didn’t want to not do it and later regret. It was definitely the right move and they gave me their blessing.
“I still talk to them, play them my music, and show them my videos. Sometimes, you have to move for somebody else. I feel like me leaving was… they were able to focus on Rema. Who knows?
“If I had stayed, it would have still been Tiwa. I felt like maybe it was also God’s plan for me to move on.”
The singer also acknowledged that her estranged husband, Teebillz gave her much support in the course of her career.
On how their relationship began, Tiwa said it all began when Teebillz gave her compliments on how good she looked and how that inspired her to look more good to get more of them.
The "Koroba" singer said the relationship just began without the usual "can you be my girlfriend"?
On the kind of relationship they currently share, she said they have no form of interaction except through the child they have together, adding that she is happy Teebillz is in a better place.
They both had a son together in 2015, but their marriage hit the rocks in 2016.
Recall that Tiwa, in "US (interlude)" a smashing hit, talked about how her mother prayed for them but still was not enough.
"I should have seen the warnings...So many times we lie for love and mama prayed for us still not enough. It wasn't enough, I wasn't enough, you weren't enough, love wasn't enough," the lyrics say.
On the collaboration, she said “It’s the person who wears the shoes that knows where it hurts. For you guys, you see them pitting me against Yemi Alade. For me, they pit me against everybody that comes up, every single new female artiste,” the vocalist said.
“If Simi comes, people be like, ‘Yes she about to dethrone Tiwa’. Yemi, Tems, you name it even if we’re singing the same type of music. They always pit them against me and I’m used to it.
“It’s no compliment when I feel like they’re always trying to remove me. It feels like an attack. I would call her (Yemi Alade) a colleague but I wish we could be friends. There’s no reason why we’ve not [connected].
“It’s just life, time schedules. There’s no competition from me. I can handle my emotions. I don’t even see male artistes as competition. If I see Burna Boy doing great, I’ll be like, ‘I can do this’. I wasn’t built that way.
“I’ve seen so many people make it. I just have this confidence that I will make it. Maybe my journey is being delayed but I don’t see it as a denial. I don’t want to live my life with any animosity.”