ELLE Assistant Editor Tidi Benbenisti caught up with Nigerian singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage for a chat on being a ‘tomboy at heart,’ getting signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and what it takes to succeed. You can catch that must-read feature in our September Issue, currently in stores.

Tidi also asked her 10 questions which reveal titbits that made us feel like we know Tiwa the person a whole lot better, well 11, if you count her fascination with reality television shows, Dance Moms and Keeping Up with the Kardashians
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ELLE: Favourite designers?

TIWA SAVAGE (TS): I love Stella McCartney and Nigeria’s Deola Sagoe.

 ELLE: Your current mood?

TS: HAPPY! Very happy!

 ELLE: Heels or flats?

TS: Flats, yes please!

 ELLE: Most attractive quality in a woman?

TS: Humility.

 ELLE: Most attractive quality in a man?

TS: Sensitivity.

 ELLE: What was the last thing you did last night?

TS: (Laughing) I went to the bathroom.

ELLE: Your dream destination?

TS: Bora Bora. I know it’s a long flight but I want to visit…

 ELLE: The greatest love of your life?

TS: My son, without a doubt.

 ELLE: Most overused word right now?

TS: I tend to say ‘ummm’ a lot. I don’t think it’s a word, but I use it all the time.

 ELLE: Crystal ball for a year from now, where would you like to be?

TS: Nominated for a Grammy and with a number one hit on the Billboard charts.