Bukola Elemide, better known as Aa, is a Nigerian-French singer, songwriter, and recording artist with a smokey voice. Asa’s warm neo-soul melodies are influenced by soul, pop, folk, and reggae, among other international genres.
Early Life and Education
Asa was born on September 17, 1982, in Paris, under the sign of Virgo. At the time of her birth, her parents were studying cinematography in France. Elemide is the sole female kid in a household of three brothers. Despite her family’s origins in Itoko Town, Abeokuta, Ogun State, her family relocated to Nigeria when she was two years old, and she grew up in Festac Town.
Asa began his studies at Lagos’s well-known Corona High School. She later completed her WAEC at Federal Government College in Jos, Plateau State. After completing her secondary education, Asa returned to Lagos to pursue her university degree. At Lagos State University, Asa was a temporary Theatre Arts and Music student (LASU).
She left as a Diploma student after just over six months since the curriculum conflicted with her Saxophone lessons class at Peter King’s Musical School in Badagry, Lagos, where she majored in Guitar for a year. She returned to France at the age of 20 after completing her primary, secondary, and university schooling to study at the IMFP School of Jazz.
Asa’s musical interests and inspiration increased over time from her father’s collection of wonderful music for his job as a cameraman. These albums included masterpieces by Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, King Sunny Adé, Diana Ross, Nina Simone, and Miriam Makeba, as well as other musical greats.
Her musical career began after she moved to France from Nigeria. Asa met her manager and friend Janet Nwose in 2004, who connected her to Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo, who went on to record her first studio album, Asa (Asha).
Aa returned to France at the age of 20 to study jazz music at the IMFP school, where tutors encouraged her she should go ahead and become a recording artist because she was ready and needed no schooling. Her first track, “Eyé Adaba,” was starting to garner radio in Nigeria. Aa quickly signed with Nave Records. She collaborated with Cobhams Asuquo and produced her first platinum-selling self-titled album, Aa, with the addition of Christopher Dupouy and Benjamin Constant.
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.
Beautiful Imperfection, her second album, was published on October 25, 2010, in collaboration with French composer Nicolas Mollard, and went platinum in 2011. “Be My Man,” the first song from Beautiful Imperfection, was released in late September 2010. According to reports, Aa has sold 400,000 albums globally by 2014. Bed of Stone, Asa’s third studio album, was released in August 2014. “Dead Again,” “Eyo,” “Satan Be Gone,” “The One That Never Comes,” and “Moving On” are the singles. From 2015 to 2017, she went on a globe tour.
Her parents were working and studying cinematography in France when Asa was born. Her father, Akin Elemide, was a telecommunications engineer. He also produced video reports for weddings and other special occasions. Her mother, Arsah Elemide, was a merchant who supported her father. She found her parents had divorced when she returned to Nigeria after studying abroad. She grew closer to her mother and became more involved in music after her parents’ divorce.
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.
- Aṣa (Asha) (2007)
- Live in Paris (2009)
- Beautiful Imperfection (2010)
- Bed of Stone (2014)
- Live in Lagos (2017)
- Lucid (2019)
- V (2022)
- 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”.
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.