Why I Featured My Daughter In My New Music Video – Waje

Singer and songwriter Aituaje Iruobe popularly known as Waje has explained why her daughter, Emerald was featured in her new music video ‘Udue’.

Waje’s pretty daughter starred as Johnny Drille’s love interest in the music video shot inside a park.

The award-winning singer said the reason why her daughter featured in the music video is a simple and funny one. “You will laugh if I tell you the truth,” she said.

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Waje explained further that, “There’s nothing eloquent about it, it is just basically me sitting down and thinking if Johnny and I do this video together and they see Johnny as my love interest, the world will stone me because that is some cougar situation.

“That song reminds me of my daughter. So I felt basically, Johnny and her in the same age group. He is probably a few years older. So I thought it would make sense for her to be in the video.”

Revealing the reason why she has remained relevant in the music industry over the years, Waje said being uncomfortable with her present situation drives her.

Being A Single Mother Doesn’t Make You Any Less A Mum – Waje

Talented Nigerian Singer, Waje, has shared some of her experience joggling between single motherhood and her career.

In an interview on Channels Television’s Rubbin Minds, Sunday, she admitted that although being a single mother comes with its own challenges, “it doesn’t make you any less of a mother”.

Speaking of her career and one of her recent projects which she calls the ‘Waje Safe House’, the mother of one explained that she hopes to expand during the year by collaborating with more brands.

The project focusses on helping NGOs promote their causes.

On music, Waje who recently collaborated with Yemi Alade on the song ‘I’m Available’, described it as a very fun and fulfilling project. She also hopes to work with more female artistes.

Speaking of how her brand is perceived outside Nigeria, the artiste explained that it doesn’t matter if people don’t know her song, rather she believes that the craft will always speak for itself.

“The best part of working anywhere else outside Nigeria is you stand there and it’s just your vocals and your craftsmanship that is there to entice people and they are like who is that lady? That’s what has been working for me,” she said.

Waje also revealed that she and her fellow artiste, Omawumi who co-own a media company, have produced a film and hope to explore more of the movie industry in the days ahead.

Waje Drops ‘In The Air’ Music Video

Singer and songwriter Aituaje Iruobe popularly known as Waje has released the video for her latest single ‘In The Air’.

The colourful video to the love song produced by Sizzle was shot by Mattmaxx.

Waje has shared the stage with various international artists such as Wyclef Jean in South Africa, opening for Kerry Hilson during a show organised in Calabar has also worked with a lot of artists who had hit singles, including “One Naira” with M.I, “Do Me” with P-Square and more.

The single mother has gone home with different awards including Best Female performer 2010 South-South Awards, Best Female Vocalist 2011 Nigerian Entertainment Awards, Best African Art 2011 Deafa Afro-Europe awards, Musician of the year 2013 City People awards.

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Desmond Elliot, Waje Join ‘Make Nigeria Stronger’ Campaign

Desmond elliot, WAJE, “Make Nigeria Stronger” campaignNigerian entertainers, including film maker turned law maker, Desmond Elliot and singer, Waje, have joined the ‘Make Nigeria Stronger’ campaign, which was started by Bono, few weeks ago.

In August, the critically acclaimed singer, Bono, from the Irish Band, U2, came to Nigeria to flag off the campaign by his ‘One’ organization.

Explaining the mission of the Campaign, Bono said it seeks to “hold governments
to accounts, making sure they fulfill their promises.

“We also ensure transparency and continue the fight against corruption,” he added.

In a fresh lap of the campaign, entertainers joined other supporters in a brain storming session which focussed on the health sector.

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Desmond elliot, WAJE, “Make Nigeria Stronger” campaignOne of the ambassadors explained that the mission of the campaign is to mobilize Nigerians from across various works of life, to call on the government to put priority attention to the health sector.

She said that there has been an increase in the level of health crisis in the country which in her opinion are as a result of the government not efficiently funding the health system.

She expressed excitement over the support from seven of “Nigeria’s influential artistes”, among which are Desmond Elliot, On Air Personality, Toolz, and comedian Basket Mouth.

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While speaking about the campaign, Desmond Elliot said that the development in the health sector does not need to come solely from the government.

“The important thing is we need to start having a rethink on health situations, and the reason why the pressure is more in government, is only because the government is a policy making body.

“We need to impress upon them, that we need to start taking primary health care very seriously,” he said.

He also hinted that Nigeria’s Primary Health Care Act is yet to take effect since it was passed in 2014.

Northern Nigeria’s Kannywood actor, Ali Nuhu, who also supports the campaign,

pointed out that before the government succumbs to the various pressing health issues, citizens have to be sensitized to push for their needs.

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Other past initiatives by the One organization in Africa, include the ‘Do Agric’ campaign with D’banj and the ‘Strong Girl’ campaign, involving Waje, as well as other female artists.

 

‘ONE’ Begins ‘Make Naija Stronger’ Campaign

BonoInternational rock star from the Irish band U2 Paul David Hewson,  popularly known as Bono is back in Nigeria for the second time.

The front-man, whose band has earned critical acclaim over its 40 years of making rock music, is visiting not for musical endeavors, but to promote his non-partisan advocacy group ONE Campaign.

The campaign seeks to help fight extreme poverty in Africa and has successfully run campaigns including with some top Nigerian artistes including D’banj, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Waje and other notable entertainers.

With ONE’s activities in Nigeria going a notch higher with this campaign, it also welcomes Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote on its board in Nigeria.

Mr. Dangote joins other world celebrities including Bill Gates on the board of the group, which has about 7 million members worldwide, with more than a third of that membership coming from Nigeria.

The Make Naija Stronger campaign seeks to raise public awareness and pressure political leaders to support policies and programmes that are saving lives and improving futures.

Waje, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde Spotted At WEFA

waje wef2ONE ambassadors, actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and singer Waje have been spotted at the World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) taking place in South Africa where they will advocate for women empowerment on the continent.

The two stars alongside Yemi Alade recently launched a music video ‘Strong Girl’, in Lagos, as part of their efforts at bringing more awareness to the plight of women.

The celebrities, as well as others across Africa, are part of ONE campaign which states #PovertyIsSexist and will encourages African governments to do more for women.

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In a recent chat with Entertainment News, Omotola spoke more about her involvement with the campaign and shared some personal revelations:

Omawumi Set To Pop Baby Number Two

OmawumiSinger Omawumi is set to pop another baby and to usher the arrival of the ‘Megbele’ crooners second child to hubby Tosin Yussuf, celebrity friends staged a baby shower.

Singer Tiwa Savage, who is equally rocking a baby bump as well as Waje and several others were spotted at the event.

Check out pictures from the event:

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Alibaba’s ‘Piracy’ Appeal To President Jonathan Backfires

AlibabaAlibaba’s appeal to President Goodluck Jonathan to help rid the entertainment industry of pirates backfired as some entertainers did not take likely to his demand.

At an interactive session with the President recently, entertainers from the music and movie industries especially gathered to show their support for the President’s second term bid.

The session featured several live performances from singers including Waje, Oritsefemi, Sir Victor Uwaifo and many others.

However, Alibaba was more interested in issues plaguing the industry, piracy being the top item on the list.

During a question and answer session, Alibaba asked the President to help rid the entertainment market of pirates, rather than continue to give financial support as he had done throughout his first term in office.

“How are we going to deal with pirates so that we can put our products in the market and make money from it; Because if you give us $5 billion to bring a product out in the market, as soon as it is in the market, if a pirate gets one it’s over.”

The comedian told Entertainment News on Channels TV that some of his colleagues had asked “crappy questions that did not add value”, which indicated that they were concerned about getting money from the government.

However, some entertainers did not appreciate his question about piracy and had accused him of asking a question by the opposition, APC.

Alibaba has debunked this claim and has said he would ask President-elect Muhammadu Buhari the same question, if given the opportunity.

“It is not about money. It is about the enabling structure and platform for our businesses to thrive,” he said.

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Waje Drops New ‘Coco Baby’ Video Ft. Tanzanian Star

Waje Coco BabyNigerian singer, Waje has just released the video to her song – Coco Baby- featuring Tanzanian singer, Diamond Platnumz.

The video, which was shot in Cape-Town South Africa by Godfather Productions, features exotic scenes and dancers at the beach.

Coco Baby was produced by E kelly.

Vector Tha Viper Drops New ‘Shiga’ Video

Shiga‘Shiga’ a Hausa expression for ‘enter’, is a bonus track from the mixtape #A7 audio which featured Waje as vocalist and one of Nigeria’s leading female on-air personalities Toolz.

The colourful video features Vector rocking a studded leather jacket and has a number of attractive vixens with one very curvaceous lady being the centre of attention. The afro-pop video has an infusion of the Fulani culture nicely portrayed in dressing and dance.

“We are trying to have fun, and I have left no stone unturned to meet the expectations of my fans” said Vector when asked about the concept of the video.

The crisp video also features cameo appearances by Hypeman, Jimmie Akinsola, afro-pop artiste Black Magic and on-air personality, Osam.

The track ‘Shiga’ was produced by Ekelly and the video was directed by beauty stylist, Toyin Lawani.

Omawumi Shuts Down Rumours Of Secret Wedding

OmawumiOmawumi Megbele has shut down rumours of a secret wedding in an exclusive chat with Entertainment News correspondent – Mayowa Ogundele – who caught up with her at the Genevieve Pink Ball in Lagos, over the weekend.

“Omawumi is engaged”, the mother of one said, adding that people “should try not to listen to gossip”.

News of a secret wedding in Warri, had gone viral several weeks back.

Omawumi’s BFF, Waje, a few other friends and family members were also rumoured to have attended the ceremony, which allegedly coincided with the singer’s late Dad’s 10th year memorial.

However, Omawumi stated categorically that “I’m engaged. I’m not married yet”.

In July, Omawumi, told Channels Television, that she would tie the knot with her lover sometime in 2015 but disclosed that very few would get invited to the ceremony, which would not be lavish.

This time around, the singer says she won’t make her wedding plans public.

“I’m not usually the one to let people know what I do, when I do it. So I’m sorry if you’re waiting for date from my mouth, you will not hear anything,” she said.

“Onye” Is A Funny Video About Infidelity, Says Soul Singer, Waje

WajeOne of Nigeria’s top female singers, Waje, has said that her latest music video “Onye” was produced to make people laugh, rather than take too seriously, its central theme- infidelity.

“It’s a serious topic really, when you talk about infidelity and all of that, but I just wanted to have fun,” she said on Sunrise, on Saturday.

She explained that she wanted people to acknowledge that “infidelity is commonplace in society” but to also make fun of it.

“Life is really about fun and enjoying yourself. So, I wanted a funny video that everybody will just watch and laugh.”

She added that she was more interested in people “enjoying the performance” and “laughing about it” than getting the message.

“The song, Onye, is a love song which is basically about two young women boasting about the people they love.”

“It’s about two women who do whatever they can for their man. We just didn’t know that he was not “our man”.

The singer, who grew from being the faceless female voice on PSquare’s “Do Me” to being a big face and name in the industry, said:  “Most of the doors that open for me, open for me because of my voice, not necessarily because there’s anything special that I’m doing”.