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What Is Asa’s Net Worth? Biography Of Nigerian-French Singer

Bukola Elemide, professionally known as Aa, is a smoky-voiced Nigerian-French singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Asa’s warm neo-soul songs incorporate elements of soul, pop, folk, and reggae, among other international influences.

Early Life and Education

Asa was born on September 17, 1982, in Sign Virgo, Paris. Her parents were studying cinematography in France at the time of her birth. Elemide is the family’s only female child, with three brothers. Her family moved to Nigeria when she was two years old, so she grew up in Festac Town, despite her family’s origins in Itoko Town, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Asa began his education at the well-known Corona High School in Lagos. She later attended Federal Government College in Jos, Plateau State, where she completed her WAEC. Asa returned to Lagos for her university education after finishing her secondary education. Asa was a temporary Theatre Arts and Music student at Lagos State University (LASU).

She dropped out as a Diploma student, spending a little over six months as the curriculum clashed with her Saxophone lessons class at Peter King’s Musical School in Badagry, Lagos, where she majored in Guitar for a year. At age 20, after completing her primary, secondary, and university education, she returned to France to study at the IMFP School of Jazz.

Career

Asa’s musical influences and inspiration grew over the years from the collection of great music her father had built up for his work as a cinematographer. These records featured American, Nigerian, and African soul classics, including musical greats such as Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, King Sunny Adé, Diana Ross, Nina Simone, and Miriam Makeba.

Her musical career started after she left Nigeria for France. In 2004, Asa met her manager and friend, Janet Nwose, who introduced her to Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo, who in turn became the producer of her first studio album, Asa (Asha).

Aṣa returned to France at the age of 20 to study at the IMFP school of jazz music, where she was told by teachers that she should go ahead and become a recording artist because she was ready and needed no schooling. Back home in Nigeria, her first single, “Eyé Adaba,” was beginning to get airplay. Aṣa soon signed to Naïve Records. She partnered with Cobhams Asuquo, and with the new involvement of Christopher Dupouy and Benjamin Constant, she produced her first platinum-selling self-titled album, Aṣa. The release of the album saw Aṣa charting radios across Europe, Asia, and Africa and went on to win the prestigious French Constantin Award in 2008 when she was voted the best new talent of 10 singers or groups by a jury of 19 music-industry specialists in Paris.

Her second album, Beautiful Imperfection, in collaboration with French composer Nicolas Mollard, was released on October 25, 2010, and went platinum in 2011. The lead single from Beautiful Imperfection titled “Be My Man,” was released in late September 2010. It was reported that by 2014 Aṣa sold 400,000 albums worldwide. Asa’s third studio album, Bed of Stone, was released in August 2014. The singles are “Dead Again”, “Eyo”, “Satan Be Gone”, “The One That Never Comes” and “Moving On”. She went on a world tour from 2015 to 2017.

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On May 14, 2019, she released a new single titled “The Beginning” and on June 25, 2019, she released the single “Good Thing”. On September 11, 2019, she announced on her Twitter page that her new album, Lucid, would be released on October 11, 2019. True to her words, the album was then released on October 11, 2019. She released yet another album on the 25th of February 2022 titled “V” featuring the likes of Wizkid, Nigerian highlife duo-The Cavemen and Ghanaian artist Amaarae.

Personal Life

When Asa was born, her parents were working and studying cinematography in France. Akin Elemide, her father, was a telecommunications engineer. He also shot video reports for weddings and other special events. Arsah Elemide, her mother, was a shopkeeper who supported her father. When she returned to Nigeria after studying abroad, she discovered that her parents had divorced. After her parents’ divorce, she grew closer to her mother and became more involved in music.

Her father’s extensive musical collection influenced her life and career choices, and his cinematography also influenced her acting abilities. Nonetheless, Asa is one of the few celebrities who have managed to keep their private lives hidden from prying eyes in the media. As a result, little is known about her brothers or other family relations.

Asa has always appeared to be single, or at least that is what she has convinced people to believe. However, there is little information regarding whom she has dated, is dating, or will date. She noted that her fans think she is uptight, but that is not the case; she stated that she is a product of good parenting and society.

Asa was a shy person and a tomboy while growing up, perhaps because she was the only female amongst three boys. In 2013, Asa was reported to be a lesbian and her manager, Janet Nwosu, was her alleged lover. She denied the allegation and went as far as suing the media house that published the news for libel. In 2014, she revealed that she had finally found the love of her life. However, it is not known if the lover is male or female.

In 2015, she stated in an interview that she lost her virginity at age 28. Also in 2015, in an interview, she said she found love and was dating a handsome Englishman whose real identity remains unknown. We only know he is an entrepreneur and was the inspiration behind her track “How Did Love Find Me.” A picture of them backing the camera and facing the beach surfaced on Instagram.

Nobody knows exactly what happened, but due to some irreconcilable differences, the relationship crashed. She is currently not in a relationship, and she is more interested in focusing on her career than having a relationship.

Albums

  • Aṣa (Asha) (2007)
  • Live in Paris (2009)
  • Beautiful Imperfection (2010)
  • Bed of Stone (2014)
  • Live in Lagos (2017)
  • Lucid (2019)
  • V (2022)

Singles

  • Fire on the Mountain 2009
  • Jailer, 2009
  • Be My Man, 2010
  • Why Can’t We, 2011
  • The Way I Feel, 2012
  • Ba Mi Dele, 2012
  • Dead Again, 2014
  • Eyo, 2015
  • The Beginning, 2019

Awards and Nominations

  • Best R & B/Pop album
  • The Best Alternative Song
  • The Year’s Best Recording
  • Best Recording of the Year
  • Best Vocal Performance (Female) at the Hip-Hop Headies Awards
  • Prix Constantin, 2008
  • 2011: French Music Awards Victoires de la Musique nomination for “Female Artist of the Year”.

Net Worth

Asa is currently making waves in the Nigerian music industry. She is rated as one of the richest and most influential due to her style of music. She has an estimated net worth of about $30 million.

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