In a bare-all interview with Chude Jideonwo, co-founder of RED | For Africa and Joy Inc., the multi-talented singer, Aituaje Iruobe, known professionally as Waje, revealed some of her deepest insecurities, including how she almost quit music in 2013.
In the latest episode of #WithChude, the Nigerian singer whose vocal range is doubtless one of the best in the industry, opened up about how relentless attacks on her looks from the public, made her decide never to do music again.
“Someone said I looked like a DSTV remote control,” she said, recounting the day in 2013 when she went viral on Twitter following a music performance she didn’t feel confident about. According to her, “Strangely, nobody said anything about my performance, but they kept saying stuff about how I looked.”
Recounting the experience, the singer admits, “I still have the picture from that day, and I looked good, not bad. But I really believed what they said, and I stopped being happy.”
Waje explained that she was only able to overcome that phase of her life, when she highlighted the things that were within her power to change and focused on them, while devoting a whole year to finding God and building her faith.
#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart and spirit. Leveraging the voice, network and passion of its host, Chude Jideonwo, the show underlines social issues, aims to raise social consciousness and spark social movements.
New episodes of #WithChude show every Saturday at 9pm on TVC Entertainment, and every Thursday on Ebony Life TV at 7.30pm. With an extended play podcast up on Spotify, iTunes among other podcast platforms every Wednesday at 10am, everyone can join the conversations.