Afro-soul star, Aituaje Iruobe aka Waje has cried out over the lack of funds rising from low purchase rates of her album and has hinted at the possibility of quitting music .
Waje who seems to have also been hit by the austere times announced this move in a now-viral video, citing high cost of publicity and low purchase rates of her album as reasons why she was considering quitting.
She said, “After everybody shouted ‘Waje, your last album was how many years ago, please we need an album’. Where are all the people that were shouting?
“I don’t have the money for publicity and that’s what I am saying. Emerald’s (her daughter) school fees is there.
“it’s like I have ten things laid out for me and every single time, its always been my music, my music that is taking the bulk of my money.
“I am not willing to put money there anymore,” she said.
However ,Nigerians have gone on Twitter to encourage the talented singer to not take quitting as the option .
Most of the respondents symphatised with her, noting that the music industry can be a hard terrain to glide through. They pleaded with her not to quit music but face her mental health first.
@Monyemorris tweeted, “I am upset by this. But i totally get Waje’s point. Music will just be a bottomless pit where she will be putting limited funds in. I think she should take her music outside Nigeria.”
@Zeon_imyang said, “I’m not happy @OfficialWaje deserves all love and support. Actual support not retweets, buy her album if you can. I love you waje.”
@Soul_inspiredom said, “In developed countries, Waje’s album will be topping the chart in grossing sales right now and in the weeks to come. But this is Nigeria.”
@Sallykeneth tweeted, “Dear Waje, Stay strong. It’s just a phase. You’ll get over it, learn new ways to ace this thing and shine even brighter. Gosh! I know where you’re coming from.”
In 2007, Waje launched her music career. She was still a student at the time and paid her dues by doing lots of free shows and gigs.
In 2008, she featured in the P-Square hit track titled ‘Do Me’. This track was widely known across Africa and some parts of Europe.