Originally known as Aituaje Iruobe, Waje’s unique vocals have been around for while. She was officially introduced to the music scene with a feature on P-Square’s Do Me in 2007 and subsequently she became known for her strong vocals in many notable tunes such as M.I’s One Naira, Left For Good featuring Patoranking, Coco Baby featuring Diamond and her own signature tune, I wish.
Besides her music, Waje is also an active member of One.org, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and raising public awareness particularly in Africa.
Although she has only released one album – W.A.J.E in 2013, her numerous collaborations have made her a household name. She is the recipient of many awards and nominations and last year we saw Waje transform from a musician to a mentor, as she was one of the judges on the music show, The Voice Nigeria. Waje talks about the ways in which the show “validated her as an artist”, the show not only gave her the opportunity to share her musical knowledge and experience but also allowed her to prove herself as her mentee Arese won the first The Voice Nigeria competition. We look forward to watching Waje as a judge on the show in season two, which is currently filming in South Africa.
Guardian Life caught up with Waje, who, with her new album set to drop before August, seems to be opening up a new chapter in her personal life too, taking advice from her now 18 year old daughter and taking her performance to the next level.
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