Sensational singer, Tiwa Savage has opened up about her relationship with former manager and husband, Teebillz, and also challenges she faced before making it big in the Nigerian music scene.
In a recent interview with Ebuka on Bounce Radio Live, she talked about her relationship with former manager and husband, TeeBillz. According to Tiwa, she met Teebillz for the first time at Timaya’s show in Los Angeles several years ago.
At that time, Tiwa was in search of an A&R person that would aid her transition to the Nigerian music industry. “So one of the guys was like ‘stop going to all these American A&Rs they don’t get it, there’s this guy they call TeeBillz they have this song called Yebariba with Sauce Kid and they killed it. So I sent him my CV he was like they will call you and he never did. Then Timaya had a concert in L. A and I went,” she said.
“The guy was like that’s the guy TeeBillz and I was like he never called me back. I went up to him and I was like ‘why didn’t you call me back?’ He was like who are you and I said I am Tiwa, I sent you my CV…he called me the next day, said he liked my vocals and advised I moved back to Nigeria and I was like yeah I want to go back to Nigeria.”
“I moved back but he didn’t move back with him initially but he knew people back here so he was just like go and speak to this person so I went to Storm records and they kind of told me no because they had Sasha. I went to Toni Payne but she was working with a lady called Zara who passed away. I went to Banky W and he said no because he was about to work with Niyola. I went to Mohits and at that time they were trying to work with Muna.”
Tiwa recounted how their relationship graduated from that of business to a romance. She recounted how she used to drop him off at the houses of different women before they started dating. “I use to drop him off at the houses of different women. I’ll be like ‘which one is this one again.’ There was a time the press were speculating that we were dating and we weren’t dating. It just happened…when you spend all day with the same person…we just grew,” she said.