She might be a superstar now but growing up was real tough for award winning diva, Tiwa Savage.
Speaking during an interview with media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu for Black Boxon Bounce Live Radio. the mum of one revealed she had attempted suicide twice as a kid while based in London.
According to the 40 year old, at age 20 she moved to London with her mother and while at high school she encountered racism as her classmates mocked her strong Nigerian accent.
“When I got to school, it was horrible and I had an accent. My first day I clearly cannot forget. I got to school late and my teacher couldn’t pronounce my name. She then asked why I was late to school and I said ‘sorry ma there was go slow.’ Everyone started laughing. I was teased so badly,” she said.
“It was terrible. It was so bad that I literally tried to kill myself two times. I was really depressed.”
Tiwa Savage also talked about her family, especially her mum who she described as a very typical African parent living in London.
“I found it out initially, I didn’t like her because she was tough on me. Not that I didn’t like her but it was weird. I was really close to her, I could tell her everything. I could tell her things you shouldn’t even tell a Nigerian mom,” she said.
“I would want to go out for parties all night and she would be like ‘be back by 9 and I’m like the people won’t even be there yet. I’ll be so angry. I want to bleach because I hated my dark skin, she caught me and threw everything and I was like what is your business. I think it was between 14, 15, and 16…I was really insecure.”