Tiwa Savage
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Tiwa Savage takes centre stage

After starting out as a backing vocalist, Nigerian Tiwa Savage's career has taken centre stage. The singer-songwriter speaks to BBC Africa's Sophie Ikenye.

It has been a momentous year for Nigerian singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage, who has just released her debut album and been nominated at the Music of Black Origin (Mobo) awards for best African act.

Born in Lagos, she spent a large amount of her life in the UK and US and started out working as a backing vocalist for artists such as George Michael, Sting and Mary J Blige.

She has also written songs for other musicians, including Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

The musician spoke to BBC Focus on Africa's Sophie Ikenye about how her career has taken centre stage.

Music video courtesy of Mavin Records.

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  • 30 Oct
  • From the section Africa