Following the Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage’s appearance at King Charles III’s coronation on May 6, a trending tweet mentioning her nationality caused controversy online. Keys to the Kingdom, a song by Beyonce from her 2016 album The Lion King: The Gift, was performed on stage by the 43-year-old celebrity.
Savage uploaded a video from her performance on Twitter while expressing her pleasure, writing:
Additionally, a number of online commenters praised the singer’s appearance at the event, referring to it as a victory for “Cameroon, Nigeria, and Africa.”
As Tiwa performed with musicians like Lionel Richie, South African opera singer Pretty Yende, Katy Perry, etc., the viral tweet caused some people to wonder about her heritage.
Tiwa Savage is not from Ghana, no.
Tiwa Savage was born in Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria, on February 5, 1980. According to the news source Legit NG, the All Over singer was reared by her multiracial parents. She and her family relocated to London, United Kingdom when she was 11 years old.
From the University of Kent, she earned a degree in business administration. She also went to Berklee College of Music.
In December 2015, Tiwa Savage’s second album, R.E.D., was made available. It featured the hits Standing Ovation and My Darlin. She joined Roc Nation, owned by Jay-Z, a year later.
Savage won the 2018 MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act in November of that year. She was the first female recipient of this honor. She announced her departure from Mavin Records and joined Universal Music Group in May 2019.
King Charles III’s coronation performance by Tiwa Salvage drew criticism online.
Internet users criticized Tiwa for performing at the occasion after her appearance at the coronation, given that Nigeria gained independence from British colonial control in 1960. Numerous artists, including Adele, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, and Robbie Williams, reportedly turned down invitations to play during the coronation.
Some users thought Tiwa Savage ought to have followed suit. Many commenters criticized the artist for performing for their “colonizers,” especially considering that the song in question is designed to inspire young black guys.