Full Name: Aituaje Aina Vivian Ebele Iruobe.
Stage Name: Waje
Date of Birth: September 1.
Origin: Edo, Nigeria.
Languages: Yoruba and English.
Years active: 2007 – present.
Genres: Pop, R&B, Hip hop Soul, soul, blues, Rock.
Aituaje Iruobe (born September 1), who is mostly known as WAJE which is the acronym for “Words aren’t just enough” is a Nigerian singer whose vocal range covers three octaves. She is the lady behind the remake of P-Square’s “Omoge Mi” and the female voice in the duo’s 2008 hit track “Do Me”, Banky W “Thief my Kele”, M.I “One Naira”
Waje was born in Akure, Ondo State in Nigeria then moved to Benin city, Edo state where she was raised by her parents, Mr & Mrs Iruobe. As a young and gifted singer, she once sang gospel tunes to the delight of the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa of the Word of Faith Church, Benin who was quite impressed by her gift and decided to cater for her all through her secondary school days.
After which she moved to Nsukka for a degree in social work at University of Nigeria. While in school, Waje was very much with her musical side by making sure she performed in school concerts and fellowship. She made sure she listened and learned from legends she describes as her mentors,e.g. WHITNEY HOUSTON,ARETHA FRANKLIN E.T.C.
Career & Success
WAJE is a singer whose vocal range covers three octaves,WAJE was discovered singing in church as an industrious young lady whose love for humanity led her to study SOCIAL WORKS in the university of Nigeria Nsuka(UNN). Being very industrious whilst in school WAJE worked part-time in tourism.she however still believed she could touch a lot more with her exceptional gift,this gave her the drive to stay focused in her first love MUSIC.
In the year 2007, WAJE decided to take a step and fully launch her music career,still a student at the time she paid her dues by doing a lot of free shows and gigs,singing at every given opportunity she got.The first major spot light this got WAJE was her being featured in the hit single by PSQUARE titled DO ME,a massive hit track across Africa and some parts of Europe.
This helped boost her career a little further,after which she participated in ADVANCED WARNING a reality TV show(which featured artists that are upward and on the verge of a break through),the reality show was organised by MTV base South Africa and ZAIN Nigeria,where she emerged first runner up.
WAJE has shared the stage with various international artists,she performed with the phenomenal Wyclef Jean on stage in South Africa,she also opened for Kerry Hilson during a show organised in calabar Nigeria,she has also worked with a lot of artist making good music and smash hit singles One Naira with MI,DO ME (psquare ft waje)and a whole lot more.
WAJE has a list of songs on air that has also brought her a lot of award nominations and winnings also,she is also currently working on her debut album which is going to be out in 2013 and is titled W.A.J.E (words aren’t just enough)WAJE is also currently working with the youths of her community through an organisation she calls WajeSafeHouse, where she teams up with other NGOs quarterly to help fight their cause.
Nigerian Music Video Awards 2009 (Best New Video)
Dynamix Awards 2009 (Best New Act)
Hip-Hop Awards 2010*Headies* (Best Vocals)
City People Awards 2011(Best R&B Female)
Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2011 (Best Pop/R&B Artist Of The Year.Best New Act Of The Year)
Headies 2011 (Best Vocal Performer Female,Best R&B Single)
Channel O Music Video Awards 2011 (Most Gifted Female Video)
Nigerian Music Video Awards 2011 (Best Contemporary Afro Video)
Deafa Afro-Europe Entertainment Awards 2011 (Best African Art)
Best Rhythm And Blues Singer 2011 City People Entertainment Awards,
Best Female Vocalist 2011 Nigerian Entertainment Awards,
Best Female Vocalist 2011 Hiphop World Awards (Headies),
Best African Art 2011 Deafa Afr0-Europe Awards,
Best Vocal Performance 2010 South South Awards,
Best Female Performer 2010 South South Awards,
Musician Of The Year 2013 City People Awards