Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage has revealed that she is currently being blackmailed over a sex tape that features her and her current lover whom she’s not ready to go public with yet.
Savage made this revelation in an interview with American OAP, Angie Martinez of Power 105.1. Narrating her ordeal, she said;
“Yesterday, I was leaving a radio station and I was in my car when my road manager sent me a message. She said I should check my phone. I checked it and there was a video, and I was just like, ‘Wow!’
I asked him where he got it from and he said he received it about 20 minutes earlier. The video was sent to him and it is a tape of me and the person I am dating right now.
The first thing I did after I got off the phone was that I sent it to my manager and asked what we should do. The person is asking for money now. The person I am dating is going crazy too. My manager asked how much the person is asking for. “
Savage maintained that the blackmailers won’t receive a dime from her, hence the reason for the disclosure, so the public can be aware of the current situation.
“I decided I was not going to pay the person because if I do, two months from now, three months down the line or even two years later, you are going to come back again”, she continued. “Who knows, if I send the money, the person will probably release it. I am not going to let anyone blackmail me for doing something natural.
No part of me wants to pay the person. That is what is getting me angry. If you want to put it out, put it out. I am that crazy that I can put it out myself. You are not making any money from me. This was an intimate moment with someone I am dating. The person I am dating is not famous, he is a regular guy and his whole business is about to be out.
He is more concerned about me because he knows that I am going to be more affected. My mother and my son having to see it. I am going to talk to my son about it.
For me, it is when he is older at about 15 and someone is rude to him at the playground and they make reference to the tape. I have to brace him up.
The Afrobeats queen noted that the video was not from her team but was accidentally posted on Snapchat by her lover who deleted it immediately when he realised the error, but it was already too late.
“It is not from someone working closely with me. What happened is that the person did it on Snap and he posted it by accident, but he quickly deleted it.
However, someone got it before he could delete it. It is a very short video, but it is me. It is going to be out there and I can just imagine the memes. I just found out yesterday. I could not sleep last night”.
Tiwa Savage won’t be the first female artist to be blackmailed with her explicit video. Actress Tonto Dikeh also suffered the same fate in the hands of her former lover, Prince Kpokpogri, which made the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas to address the issues of celebrities private lives being in the mud.
Rollas in an Instagram post said that an example will be made to serve as a deterrent to persons including bloggers for profiling members of the guild.
“Events of the last few days have shown that actresses are now marked for blackmail especially hinging it on the basis of a relationship gone awry. But should it be a reason for publishing private conversations without the consent of the other party.
We shall use this one to set an example to serve as a deterrent to all other persons including bloggers presently profiling actresses for blackmail to have a rethink. We will no longer fold our hands and watch our members taken to public ridicule via invasion of privacy”, Rollas wrote.