Sensational Nigerian songstress Tiwa Savage is not only one of Africa’s leading music acts but also one of the most successful.
With several hit songs to her name, sold-out concerts, mouth-watering endorsement deals, she no doubts has an enviable life that many can only dream of.
it has not always been this rosy for the star entertainer though as she recently reflected on the time she was so broke and had to live in a shelter in New York.
Speaking at a surprise party organised by her friends for her latest album launch, Celia, the mother of one disclosed that she had just graduated from school at the time but couldn’t work due to her citizenship status.
“I think I was 22 and we were in New York. I was living in Bed-Stuy, kind of like a shelter. A lot of people didn’t know this. I was in a shelter for women that had drug abuse problems.
I just graduated from school. You know as an international student you can’t work. So, I couldn’t work. I was doing the side thing in Bed-Stuy which is like the hood in Brooklyn.”
Also recalling how former beauty queen Elizabeth Elohor took her out to eat when she was hungry, Savage added:
“She was ordering food and I ordered appetizers because I was so broke and I was so hungry. And I remember she was looking at me and asked, ‘what are you ordering?.’ And I was just lying that I’m not hungry.
And then she just started asking me, ‘are you sure?.’ And then I just started crying. And then she’s just like, ‘what is the matter?.’ I said, ‘Elohor, I don’t have money.’
She just started ordering stuff and she even ordered stuff for me to take home. I remember going home to my little box or whatever, and I was just crying. This girl literally made my day.”
She added emotionally”
“So, the first time they put my picture in Times Square, she was the first person I called.”
Concluding with a word of advice, the multiple award-winning singer told the gathering not to allow time to rob them of their destiny.
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