In a society where many women struggle to make female friendships thrive, Omawumi and Waje, two successful female singers have an amazing friendship in spite of their different personalities and priorities?
Here are some lessons to learn from them:
- A good friendship isn’t one that is perfect, it is one that can be worked on
“It does not mean that we do not have issues but whenever such happens, we sit down and trash them out. I think that it is one of the things that make us friends and good business partners.” – Omawumi, Punchng
- Understand that trials will come
“When you meet someone who you shares the same tastes with and reasons alike with you, then you have every reason to be close to the person. We have both been through a lot together and she has proved to be a true friend time and again.” – Waje, Sunday Scoop
“We have both been through a lot together and she has proved to be a true friend time and again. Apart from music, we do a lot of things together and we understand each other so well. She is someone I can call a true friend. I actually have a media company that is into movies, and it is in partnership with her.” – Sunday scoop
- Understanding makes things easier
“In all seriousness it just boils down to understanding each other, I believe. The same emotions always comes up, its not like we too special that we are devoid of it…there are sometimes she feels like slapping me, there are sometimes I feel like hitting her…but you go see say if Waje touch me I don lose weight drastically [General laughter again] Waje get one born, if she blows you, you go just paralyse. It’s not always easy but we try to rise above it all the time and make the best of each other and we have a lot of things in common, you know…we pray a lot together, it helps,” Omawumi, Pulse
- Find someone with a vision and then grow together
“To be honest, Iron sharpeneth Iron, that’s how I see it. Over time and over the years, we’ve come to understand that our friendship for us is not just about us but is also about people that have met us, the industry that we are in the cycle as well. Omawumi is not a woman that I believe is just here to create good music or create content for the fun of it but she is also about impacting people. So we share the same vision, we share the same burdens.
Today while we were coming here, we were actually talking about a tragedy that happened somewhere in Lagos and these are the things we feel and these are the things that connect us together in a way. We are family oriented. We have families that we are very passionate about…the girl is alright. We’ve gone past being friends, people describe us as friends, we get but we’ve gone past being friends, we have become family..” Waje, Pulse
“Anytime we sit down, we can actually start off the conversation with gossip which is refreshment but as time goes on, there are times when we start inspiring, aspiring of things to make the society better, then we will now say father all these things we are saying, we are not moving blindly, we have to move with the auction of the Holy Spirit, we go come enter prayer,” Omawumi, Pulse
- Understand how to work on your strengths and weaknesses
“We’ve worked together in the past, we’ve done things together that we both benefited from. We’re very different personalities; Omawumi is more of an executor, while I’m more of a content person. There are times we’ve done things and people would think the idea came from Omawumi but it came from me and there are times people think the idea came from me but it actually came from Omawumi. Over time, we’ve added value to our friendship.” – Vanguard
- The importance of Support cannot be exaggerated
“Waje has always supported every decision that that I took even when she doesn’t agree with it. Omawumi,Vanguard.
- Be accountable
And its vice versa, because nobody is a kid; we understand that whatever action we take as adults, we ought to be accountable for it. So I think it’s an equal balance” – Omawumi, Vanguard.
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