Waje was born in Akure, Ondo State in Nigeria but grew up in Benin City, Edo State. She was the first child and the first daughter in her family. As a teenager, she sang in the choir of the Word of Faith Group of Schools where she impressed of its founder Archbishop Benson Idahosa who proceeded to give the talented young girl a scholarship throughout her secondary school. She attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she took part in school concerts and fellowships. Drawing inspiration from the works of Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, Waje honed her music skills in school and was soon a popular performer in the state. Fame would come her way when she remade a PSquare hit DO Me. She participated in MTV South Africa’s Advanced Warning (a reality TV show which featured artists that are on the verge of a breakthrough) where she came out as the first runner up. By the time she released her single ‘For A Minute’, Waje had cemented her position as one of Nigeria’s biggest acts to watch. Since then, she has gone on to release her debut album and has enjoyed both critical and commercial acclaim as one of Africa’s most respected musicians.
1. Vocal Powerhouse
Reverently called ‘The Voice’, Waje is one of Africa’s most respected and iconic female musicians. With a vocal range spanning 3 octaves, she is in a league entirely of her own.
Her debut album, the eponymously titled W.A.J.E was released on the 1st of May 2013 via a historic live Google+ hangout with fans joining in from around the world, trending globally at no 4 on Twitter. In 2015, she was named one of the top 10 female artistes in Africa by Channel O.
2. The Voice that launched a thousand hits
Waje’s hits include the critically acclaimed sleeper hit ‘I Wish’, Onye ft Tiwa Savage and Coco Baby ft Diamond Platnumz which was Nigeria’s most played song in
December 2014. Waje’s recent reggae song’Left For Good’ ft Patoranking debuted at No 3 in Nigeria’s Itunes charts.
Waje has also collaborated with some of Africa’s biggest acts, churning out smash hit singles like, ONE NAIRA with M.I and DO ME with P Square.
3. Show Stopper
Waje is well known for her electrifying stage presence and resonating performances. She has shared the stage with Grammy award winning jazz acts Bob James and Ray Hargrove, the legendary Wyclef Jean, Keri Hilson, Ragheb ALama and others. She is one of the few acts to have performed for Nigeria at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Waje headlines shows regularly across Africa and holds her own concert series ‘Waje Live’ every quarter in cities across Nigeria and Africa.
4. Awards And Nominations
Waje has received over 20 awards and nominations worldwide including a Channel O Music Award, 4 World Music Award nominations in 2014 alongside Femi Kuti, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and others. Her Awards include Best Reggae/DanceHall song 2013 (Headies) and Best Female musician 2013 City People Entertainment Awards amongst others.
List of Awards andNominations
Best Rhythm And Blues Singer 2011
City People Entertainment Awards
Best Female Vocalist 2011
Nigerian Entertainment Awards
Best Female Vocalist 2011
Hip Hop World Awards (Headies)
Best African Art 2011
Deafa Afro-Europe Awards
Best Vocal Performance 2010
South South Awards
Best Female Performer 2010
South South Awards
Musician Of The Year-2013
City People Awards
Best Regga/Dance Hall
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 RECORDING OF THE YEAR 2013 (I Wish, W.A.J.E Album)
BEST REGGA/DANCE HALL 2013 (I Wish, W.A.J.E Album)
BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE FEMALE 2013 (I Wish, W.A.J.E Album)
BLACK CANADIAN AWARDS 2014 (Best International Act)
WORLD MUSIC AWARDS 2014 (World Best Album) W.A.J.E
WORLD MUSIC AWARDS 2014 (World Best Live Act)
WORLD MUSIC AWARDS 2014 (World Best Female Entertainer)
WORLD MUSIC AWARDS 2014 (World Best Entertainer)
ELOY AWARDS 2014 (Best Female Artist
HEADIES 2015 (Best Female Vocalist)
WAJE SAFE HOUSE
In 2014, she was one of the few Nigerian artistes at the front of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and was featured by the BBC on her role in the campaign Her N.G.O, Waje Safe House helps raise funds and support for indigent women and children across Africa. She recently donated proceeds from her hit singles to the children of the Makoko community in Lagos.
Waje Safe House in partnership with online retail giant Kaymu organized a Valentine ‘s Day party with children of the Living Fountain Orphanage in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2015, alongside the Child Life Line Organisation, Waje released the song African Child’ to increase awareness about the plight of the African child as well as provide material backing for the children supported by the organization. She is also a mentor for Ashish J Thakkar’s prestigious Mara Foundation where she actively mentors young Africans on business and career choices.
Waje is currently working in partnership with the ONE Organisation to fight poverty among women around the world with the campaign, ‘Poverty Is Sexist’. She headlines the official campaign song; ‘Strong Girl’ which also features other African female musicians. International activists such as Arianna Huffington, Mar y J. Blige, Malala Yousafzai, Shonda Rhimes and others are also ambassadors of the popular campaign.
#AskWaje Social media
She enjoys a very diverse following on social media including over 1.4 million followers on Instagram, over 64,000 likes on Facebook, over 574,000 followers on Twitter and over 350, 000 followers on Google plus amongst others.
She hosts a monthly #AskWaje session where her fans get to chat with her for a whole hour no-holds barred.