Our celebrity of the week is a songstress , a wonderful vocalist and not to deny shes beautiful . Dubbed the best voice in Africa. The Nigerian singer whose vocal range covers three octaves. The lady behind the remake of P-Square’s “Omoge Mi” and the female voice in the duo’s 2008 hit track “Do Me”, Banky W “Thief my Kele”,M.I “One Naira” .She was MTVbase Advance Warning first runner-up some years back.Well today on EB we would be celebrating WAJE.
Aituaje Iruobe popularly known as WAJE which means laughter in Sabongida Ora but she says that its an acronym for -Words Aren’t Just Enough . She was Born in Akure , Nigeria . Waje hails from Sabongida Ora in Edo State. Her dad is from Edo, while her mum hails from Onitsha, Anambra State.
She had most of her childhood days in Benin, Edo State and attended Word of Faith Group of Schools, where her musical career sprung up as a choir member. Later she moved to the east with her mum and got admission to study at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she graduated with a degree in Social Work.
While at the school owned by the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa of the Word of Faith Church, Benin, got so impressed by her singing talent at a young age that the clergy decided to sponsor her all through secondary school .
Waje started her music career quite early from the church. She was a member of the Children Evangelical Ministry and sang at Easter Camp Meetings. Professionally, she launched her music career in 2007 when she did a re-mix of P_Square’s Omoge Mi, called Bobo Mi.
Prior to this, Waje was with an eastern–based label called Dome whom she met when she was 19 and they contributed in her grooming. She released two singles, Somewhere and Kolo released on their label. Kolo was originally recorded at SABC studios, South Africa by MTV Base. Kolo was wriiten with the help of Cobhams , who was the music teacher in the house at Advance Warming, while a South African produced it.
Waje featured in a reality TV show ,Advance Warning which included, heavyweights like Kel, Terry G, MI, Pype and Blaze .Durella beat her in the finals and she emerged the first runner up.
She has once worked in the tourism industry , Enugu State Tourism Board for one year. Then she started catering business with a friend then and they used used to make chin-chin. take orders then because the chin-chin we made were quite much and the chin-chin tasted differently too, because we used pure butter instead of margarine that most people use. She still makes chin-chin occasionally.
WAJE has shared the stage with various international artists,she performed with the phenomenal Wyclef Jean on stage in South Africa,she also opened for Kerry Hilson during a show organised in calabar Nigeria,she has also worked with a lot of artist making good music and smash hit singles One Naira with MI,DO ME (psquare ft waje)and a whole lot more.
WAJE has a list of songs on air that has also brought her a lot of award nominations and winnings also,she has currently released her debut album titled W.A.J.E (words aren’t just enough) . WAJE is also currently working with the youths of her community through an organisation she calls WajeSafeHouse, where she teams up with other NGOs quarterly to help fight their cause.
NIGERIAN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2009 (best new video)
DYNAMIX AWARDS 2009 (best new act)
HIP-HOP AWARDS 2010*HEADIES* (best vocals)
CITY PEOPLE AWARDS 2011(best r&b female)
NIGERIAN ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS 2011 (best pop/r&b artist of the year.best new act of the year)
HEADIES 2011 (best vocal performer female,best r&b single)
EXQUISITE LADIES OF THE YEAR 2011 (female music art of the year)
CHANNEL O MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2011 (most gifted female video)
NIGERIAN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2011 (best contemporary afro video)
DEAFA AFRO-EUROPE ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS 2011 (best African art)
BEST RHYTHM AND BLUES SINGER 2011 CITY PEOPLE ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS,
BEST FEMALE VOCALIST 2011 NIGERIAN ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS,
BEST FEMALE VOCALIST 2011 HIPHOP WORLD AWARDS (HEADIES),
BEST AFRICAN ART 2011 DEAFA AFR0-EUROPE AWARDS,
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE 2010 SOUTH SOUTH AWARDS,
BEST FEMALE PERFORMER 2010 SOUTH SOUTH AWARDS,
Waje says that her ideal man must be very confident, principled, responsible and God fearing
Waje is one strong woman who loves humaity , loves people and also has a heart.
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