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Waje: I was paid N1000 as church secretary before my music career

Aituaje Iruobe, a Nigerian singer, goes by the stage name Waje. She said she worked as a church secretary for N1,000 a few years ago before her music career took off.

Aituaje Iruobe, a Nigerian singer, goes by the stage name Waje. She said she worked as a church secretary for N1,000 a few years ago before her music career took off.

In the latest episode of “theTea” with Tay, the mother of one said this.

She said that she had to move from Benin to Enugu to live with her aunt because she felt shame about being pregnant at a young age.

She also said that her skills were noticed at the church where she worked.

When she was 19, she signed her first deal with a record company.

“I think ‘Do Me’ came out in 2006 or 2007. At the time ‘Do Me’ came out, I was already signed to a record deal five or six years in. I got signed because I remember my daughter was just about one, and I was about 19 at the time.

“So I got signed, and I moved to Enugu. When I had my daughter, the stigmatization and everything, you know, teenage pregnancy and all of that, so I couldn’t live in Benin anymore, so I left Benin and moved to Enugu, to my mum’s sister’s house.

“I now stayed, such an amazing woman, I call her big mummy. I stayed with her; she used to attend a church called Almond Chapel. Because I hadn’t gotten into school yet, I started working as a church secretary.

“So my salary was one thousand naira, and this was the year 2002, and one thousand naira maybe would be five thousand naira today. I needed to be a grown-up. It was a growing church, but I enjoyed it because I used to wear my aunty’s skirt suits.

“I was in the choir, and one Sunday after singing, that was when I met my mentor, Chris Madubuko. So when I met him, he heard when I sang, and he was like, ‘I have a record label, you sing well, and you should be signed.’

“I was like, no, I wasn’t called to be signed. I was called to sing the gospel. Even if it wasn’t gospel, I didn’t want to put my voice on a track. I thought, as far as music was concerned, it was church.

“I was fine with singing from church to church. Then he convinced me, ‘ God gave you such a beautiful gift. You can’t just be there, and you can make money from this gift.’ So I signed with him”, she said.