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Tiwa Savage’s husband Tunji “TeeBillz” Balogun is officially back on social media

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I was just discussing Tiwa Savage’s husband Tunji Balogun pka TeeBillz, yesterday. I wondered when he would return and be about the business of music, again. He was an A&R for Interscope Records, had his own thing going, before taking on the role as a manager for Tiwa.

The feedback I received in my discussion was that he should continue to lay low throughout 2016, and re-emerge in early 2017. Further, when he re-emerges, he should stay silent about the past, and just move on. To the degree he does speak about the past, it is to acknowledge what has happened, give props to his wife for her work, indicate his commitment to caring for his son, and co-parenting amicably and keep it moving.  I agree with everything but the part that he should wait till next year to return to the business of music.

In my view, six months is a reasonable time to have stayed away. What is most important is that he used that downtime to receive the necessary mental health services and counseling he needed. It is also very important that he has done the very necessary hard work to face his demons and avoid repeating the same destructive habits that caused his very public crash. Obviously, it takes time to get it right. But I don’t think that should preclude a gradual reintroduction into the business of music. I think many times, for creatives, part of the healing process is being able to create, again.

It is time, in my view, to pick up the pieces, rebuild, be about the business of music/entertainment, and move on with his life. Tiwa Savage, in my view,  is not the only one that gets to move on with her life. He gets to do the same too.

In any event, I was just talking about him yesterday, and what do you know? He re-activates his account today.

Welcome back to TeeBillz. I wish him and his family well, and an even more successful career ahead. I think his case underscored the importance of taking artist mental and financial health seriously in the music business.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Tiwa and TeeBillz issue, listen below to get caught up.

-Ms. Uduak

“Tunji Balogun, the embattled hubby of Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, whose last activity on his Instagram was on April 28, 2016 when he publicly called out his wife in a series of posts, is back online.Not long after his meltdown in April, during which he accused his wife of cheating among other allegations, his social media accounts suddenly went offline and many believed he deleted the accounts.However, his Instagram account is now back online as at today (Saturday October 22, 2016)…”-TheNetng.net has the full story.

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2 Comments

  1. Nnaemeka says:

    I have to say big ups to you madam. I started following your blog since 2012 then I took a break (life, mental health and stuff). Glad to see that you are keeping it real.

    1. @Nnaemeka, glad you are back. Thank you for the kind comments.

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