The real name of Waje is Aituaje Iruobe. She is a renowned Nigerian singer. Her vocal range covers a music interval of eight tones. She has featured alongside prominent Nigerian Afropop singers such as P-Square, Banky W, M.I, and so on.
September 1, 1980
Ondo State, Nigeria
Early Life & Education
Waje was born on the 1st of September, 1980, in Akure, Ondo State, which falls in the Southwestern part of Nigeria. Her parent relocated to Benin City after her birth, which made her grow up in Benin where she had both her primary and secondary school education. Her parent later got separate ways when she was still young, and this made her experience a very difficult life while she was young.
Waje became pregnant while taking her secondary certificate exams in her last year of high school. It was not until five months into the pregnancy that she informed her mother. She was momentarily prohibited from performing in the church choir due to her unmarried status.
She enthralled the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa by singing gospel songs, and he was so taken with her voice that he decided to support her throughout her entire secondary school years. Later, Waje moved to Nsukka to enroll in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where she graduated with a degree in social work. She made performances at school concerts and fellowships while she was a student at the university. To hone her skill, she listened to artists like Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin.
Waje started her career when she was at the University of Nigeria. Her vocal range covers a music interval of eight tones. She officially launched her music career in 2007. She had an appearance on the popular P-Square song “Do Me” in 2008. In various regions of Europe and Africa, this song was well-known. . She came in second at the Advanced Warning reality TV show competition which was put on by MTV Base South Africa and Zain Nigeria. That was when she started gaining wide recognition.
Waje has performed on stage alongside musicians like Wyclef Jean in South Africa while opening for Kerry Hilson at a concert held in Calabar. She has also collaborated with musicians who have had big singles, including M.I. and P-Square on “One Naira” and “Do Me,” respectively. She and Dencia worked together on the song “True Love,” and she has songs that have been nominated and won awards. 2013 saw the release of her debut studio album under her own given title, Words Aren’t Just Enough (WAJE).
In the 2014 movie Tunnel, Waje made her acting debut alongside Femi Jacobs, Patrick Doyle, Nse Ikpe-Etim, and Lepacious Bose. The life of a young preacher is the main subject of Stanlee Ohikhuare’s film.
She debuted the music video for “Coco Baby,” a song with Diamond Platnumz’s assistance, in November 2014. She released the song “Left for Good” in August 2015, which features Patoranking and Godwin Strings. Waje collaborated with Bono for the Lagos campaign in 2015 and was a featured artist on “Strong Girl,” the campaign’s anthem. Waje, 2face Idibia, Timi Dakolo, and Patoranking were all named as judges for The Voice Nigeria.
Hermanes Media, a media firm with a focus on film and TV production, advertisements, content curation, brand event activation, and inventive digital marketing, was established by Waje and Omawumi in January 2019. Waje announced her plans to stop making music professionally in March 2019. She cited the lack of support for her music as the reason she was thinking about giving up.
Waje appeared in the Somkele Idhalama-directed film She Is in April 2019. She collaborated with Omawumi to record the soundtrack for the film. She collaborated with Zoro, another Nigerian rapper, to release the song “Ngwa” in December 2019. The song, which was created by Philkeyz, has a ballad-like sound. The song’s lyrics are in the Igbo language. This song was the follow-up to her previously released single, “Udue,” in which she collaborated with Johnny Drille, a Mavin Records performer.
Waje already has a child and she is a single mother. Amaka Iruobe is her sister who is also an actress who has been in supporting roles in the films First Cut and the popular soap opera Tinsel.
- 2022 WAJE 2.0
- 2021 Heart Season (EP)
- 2018 Red Velvet
- 2013 WAJE
Awards and Nominations
- Best Recording Of The Year 2013 (I Wish, W.A.J.E Album)
- Best Reggae/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)
- Channel O Music Video Awards 2011 (Most Gifted Female Video)
- City People Awards 2011(Best R&B Female)
- Deafa Afro-Europe Entertainment Awards 2011 (Best African Art)
- Dynamix Awards 2009 (Best New Act)
- Eloy Awards 2014 (Best Female Artist)
- Exquisite Ladies Of The Year 2011 (Female Music Act Of The Year)
- Headies 2011 (Best Vocal Performer Female, Best R&B Single)
- Hip-Hop Awards 2010*Headies* (Best Vocals)
- Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2011 (Best Pop/R&B Artist Of The Year. Best New Act Of The Year)
- Nigerian Music Video Awards 2009 (Best New Video)
- Nigerian Music Video Awards 2011 (Best Contemporary Afro Video)
- World Music Awards 2014 (World Best Entertainer)
- World Music Awards 2014 (World Best Female Entertainer)
- World Music Awards 2014 (World Best Live Act)
- World Music Awards 2014 (World Bst Album)W.A.J.E
Influence & Impact
Through an organization called “Waje’s Safe House,” where she collaborates with different NGOs every three months to further their objectives, Waje worked with the young people in her community. The first initiative supported under Waje’s Safe House was the Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children, assisting Project HELP (Help Educate the Less Privileged) with the aim of raising money through Ring Back Tones with her singles “Oko Mi” and “I Wish” to allow children to continue their studies in the school in Makoko.
She was a well-known Nigerian performer who worked with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Nigeria to oppose vote-buying, electoral fraud, and other violent and thuggish practices.
Waje has accumulated wealth due to her experience in the music and movie industry in Nigeria. According to reports from many sources, she has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.
Social Media Handles
Waje has a lot of social media influence. She has over 1.5 million followers on Instagram, while she has over 697,000 followers on Twitter. You can follow her through the following social media handles.