Waje’s ready to el­e­vate her­self

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re­leased a sin­gle with lo­cal songstress Lira, ti­tled Moun­tain. This is the first sin­gle from her up­com­ing al­bum.

Waje’s big break came 10 years ago when she was fea­tured on P-Square’s Do Me. But be­cause she wasn’t fea­tured in the video, Waje didn’t re­ally ben­e­fit from the song’s break­out suc­cess. She con­sid­ers 2009 as the year she re­ally started be­com­ing a force.

“That’s when I re­ally took my ca­reer into my own hands and started do­ing stuff for my­self, not just fea­tures.

“That’s when I even­tu­ally came out with a sin­gle and started push­ing my­self as an artist.”

Given the fact that she had so lit­tle ex­po­sure and she didn’t go to mu­sic or busi­ness school, she’s had to learn on the job. But she’s done well and, over the past five or so years, has amassed some im­pres­sive achieve­ments such as see­ing her self-ti­tled de­but al­bum re­ceive four nom­i­na­tions at the World Mu­sic Awards in 2014. Ten years in the game now and she’s as hun­gry as ever to achieve yet more suc­cess.

In her spare time, Waje loves noth­ing more than catch­ing a good movie. She has also done a bit of act­ing and will be look­ing to do more.

She also wants to get into fash­ion and sees her­self sell­ing mer­chan­dise in the not-so-dis­tant fu­ture. “I’m a rings girl, I love wear­ing them on stage. This is ac­tu­ally min­i­mal,” she says, ges­tur­ing to­wards the glit­ter­ing rings wrapped around her fin­gers. “I wear a lot of them, so it would be nice to have a Waje ring col­lec­tion. Just lit­tle things that aren’t so ex­pen­sive that can help a woman look very good by her­self with­out hav­ing to break the bank.”

Nige­rian star Waje has set her sights on the next level of suc­cess.

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