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I Once Lived In A New York Shelter – Tiwa Savage

Nigerian singer and award-winning artist, Tiwa Savage, has narrated how she once lived in a shelter meant for the poor people with drug addiction-related issues in Brooklyn, New York due to lack of money.

The 40-year-old singer made this revelation during a surprise party organized for her by friends to launch her latest album-‘Celia

According to her, she found it difficult meeting her needs because she could not work being an international student.

This development made her settled for Bedford–Stuyvesant better known as Bed-Stuy, which is a project in New York dedicated to poor people with women with drug-related problems.

“I think I was 22 and we were in New York. I was living in Bed-Stuy, kind of like a shelter. A lot of people didn’t know this. I was in a shelter for women that had drug abuse problems,” she said.


“I just graduated from school. You know as an international student you can’t work. So, I couldn’t work. I was doing the side thing in Bed-Stuy which is like the hood in Brooklyn.”

She also recalled how Elizabeth Elohor, a former beauty queen, came to her aid when she was extremely hungry and had no money to buy food.

“I remember when I ran into Elizabeth Elohor, a former beauty queen, who took me out to eat in New York when I was hungry,” she added.

“She was ordering food and I ordered appetizers because I was so broke and I was so hungry.

“And I remember she was looking at me and asked, ‘what are you ordering?.’ And I was just lying that I’m not hungry.

“And then she just started asking me, ‘are you sure?.’ And then I just started crying. And then she’s just like, ‘what is the matter?.’ I said, ‘Elohor, I don’t have money.’

“She just started ordering stuff and she even ordered stuff for me to take home.

“I remember going home to my little box or whatever, and I was just crying. This girl literally made my day.

“So, the first time they put my picture in Times Square, she was the first person I called.”

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