Tiwa Savage Recalls Her Time Living In A Shelter And Being Broke In The US

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Tiwa Savage is one of Nigeria’s biggest pop stars, but she didn’t get to where she is now easily. When the singer-songwriter just graduated from school, sad to live in a shelter in New York because couldn’t work in the United States due to her citizenship status.

The Afrobeats superstar opened up about the experience while during a surprise party organised by her friends for her album launch, Celia.

Savage explained in a video posted on singer, Lami Phillips’ Instagram that she had to live in a Bedford–Stuyvesant popularly referred to as Bed-Stuy, a project in New York known to shelter the poor mostly with drug addiction problems because she was broke.

She said, “I think I was 22 and we were in New York. I was living in Bed-Stuy, kind of like a shelter. A lot of people didn’t know this. I was in a shelter for women that had drug abuse problems.”

“I just graduated from school. You know as an international student you can’t work. So, I couldn’t work. I was doing the side thing in Bed-Stuy which is like the hood in Brooklyn.” Savage added.

The singer went on to reveal how she met with Elizabeth Elohor, a former beauty queen, who took her out to eat in New York when she was hungry. She noted that since she was broke at the time she had to order only appetizers.

“She was ordering food and I ordered appetizers because I was so broke and I was so hungry. And I remember she was looking at me and asked, ‘what are you ordering?.’ And I was just lying that I’m not hungry.

And then she just started asking me, ‘are you sure?.’ And then I just started crying. And then she’s just like, ‘what is the matter?.’ I said, ‘Elohor, I don’t have money.

She just started ordering stuff and she even ordered stuff for me to take home. I remember going home to my little box or whatever, and I was just crying. This girl literally made my day. So, the first time they put my picture in Times Square, she was the first person I called,” she said emotionally.

She went on to advice everyone in the gathering not to allow time to rob them of their destiny. Watch the video below:

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