Fatima Yusuf Giwa from Akwanga local government area of Nasarawa State is the last child of her family. She was born in Jos, Plateau State but had her educational career in Nasarawa State at Central Nursery Primary School, College of Education, Demonstration Secondary School and the Nasarawa State University where she bagged a degree in Mass Communication. She is an artiste who has won the title, best female artiste, for four consecutive years in the university.
My name is Fatima Yusuf Giwa. I am of Mada ethnic origin of Akwanga local government area, Nasarawa State. I was born into the family of Yusuf Giwa and Hadiza Audu on 4 September, 1995 in Jos, Plateau State. I am the last of 12 children. My educational career began at Central Nursery Primary School Nasarawa where I proceeded to the College of Education, Demonstration Secondary School, also in Nasarawa State. From there I proceeded to Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) where I studied Mass Communication and presently awaiting the National Youth Service Corps this year. I am an artiste with stage name Timagiwa.
I grew up with a single mother and it was never an easy experience, but I would say that, my mother is the strongest woman I have ever known. My mother is a trader and she taught me the business. She was able to sponsor my education with the proceeds from her business despite earning little, and because of her sacrifice and dedication, she ensured I got all I needed. On my part, I knew her struggles, so I never asked for more than she could spare. Going through this phase moulded me, made me determine to excel in order to give her the best things of life. All that I am today, I owe to God and my beloved mother. My father died in 2004.
No one taught me. While in the secondary school, we had various clubs like the press, drama, debate, and music. We were allowed to choose our area of interest and I chose the music club. From there my interest grew as I began buying lyrics books in order to perform songs by artistes. I later realised that it was easy listening to songs and writing my own verses. I went into the business professionally in 2017 by doing street shows and gracing events. I am not doing so bad in Nasarawa State because I can stand boldly as one of the best female acts.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOU FROM COMPETITORS?
My genre of music which is Afro hip-hop, stage performance, dress code and hairstyles.
Current situations of life sometimes give me inspiration, other times, beats at events brings out the creativity in me.
Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, TuBaba, Wizkid and internationally, Rihanna does it for me.
Winning best female artiste for four consecutive years, 2014 to 2018 in Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
Lack of funds has been a limitation to certain feats I want to attain but I believe success comes to those who never give up and I am all out to break this barrier as I make use of my talent and watch God bless me. I also believe that soon, sponsors will team up with my brand.
I don’t really have any fear, whatsoever. I live each day ready to conquer any obstacle on my road to fame.
REGRETS IF ANY?
I totally love what I do and there is no room for misgivings.
I am working on having an album and getting signed by a good record label in the next two years.
MOST MEMORABLE DAY
The first time I held a microphone.
Singing, dancing, drawing and watching movies.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE PROFESSION, SINGING WITH FAMILY?
It is not easy being a girl and doing music at the same time, for any parent. In my own case, I’m not just a girl but I’m also a Muslim and my parents never liked what I do but they gave me a chance to prove my worth.
ADVICE TO NORTHERN WOMEN
Never hold back what you believe in, strive to succeed and the world will celebrate you.