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June 28, 2017

Woman Crush Wednesday: Waje

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Written by: Quebex
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Aituaje Iruobe, known as Waje (an acronym for “Words aren’t just enough”), is a Nigerian singer whose vocal range covers three octaves. She was found singing in church as a young lady whose love for humanity led her to study social work at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Being very productive whilst in school, Waje worked part-time in tourism. She however still believed she could touch a lot more with her singing talent. This gave her the drive to stay focused in her first love, music. In 2007, Waje decided to take the next step and fully launch her music career. She was still a student at the time and paid her dues by doing lots of free shows and gigs, singing at every given opportunity.

The first major spotlight she received was in 2008, when she featured in the P-Square hit track titled “Do Me”. This track was critically acclaimed across and was widely known across Africa and some parts of Europe. This helped boost her career a little further, after which she participated in Advanced Warning (a reality TV show which featured artists that are on the verge of a breakthrough). The reality show was organised by MTV Base South Africa and Zain Nigeria, where she came out as the first runner up.

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, and 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. She also collaborated with Dencia on “True Love”  and has a list of songs that have received a number of award nominations and winnings. She released her self-titled debut studio album in 2013.

After her 2014 video success with “Coco Baby”, in August 2015, she released single titled “Left For Good” featuring Patoranking and Godwin Strings.
Waje headlined the song ‘Strong girl’ which is the theme song for ONE Campaign’s ‘Poverty is Sexist’ in 2015  and also joined Bono in Lagos, Nigeria for the Lagos campaign in 2015.
Waje is among the judges for The Voice Nigeria alongside Tuface (2face Idibia), Timi Dakolo and Patoranking.
Waje has also made an acting debut on the movie called Tunnel, with Femi Jacobs, Patrick Doyle, Nse- Etm, Lepacious Bose, and others. This is a 2014 Nigerian drama film directed by Stanlee Ohikhuare which is a story about a young pastor’s life, journey and his fulfillments.
Today, we admire her success, talent, diversity, humility and resilience.

Also published on Medium.



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