Bukola Elemide, professionally known as Asa, is a Nigerian – French multi-award-winning singer, recording artist, songwriter, and performer. Her stage name Asa pronounced “Asha,” is a Yoruba phrase for Hawk. Her musical prowess is outward; she is proficient with the trumpet, guitar, and vocals. Her father influenced her love for music, as he had an elaborate collection of classic acts such as Diana Ross, Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Bob Marley, King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti, and Marvin Gaye.
The prolific singing sensation is single and has stated that she has been selfish with herself over the years. She once dated an English man, who noted that Asa does not like to be disturbed, especially in the morning (before 8:00 AM). She has not been previously engaged or married. Asa is a woman that enjoys life, freedom and she is a reserved woman of integrity who values her privacy (perhaps too much). She has no children and does not seem to be ready for any commitment. The love of her life we all know is Music.
Born in Paris, Asa Grew Up in Lagos State, Nigeria
Asa is a Yoruba woman by tribe, but she does not speak it fluently. She hails from Itoko Abeokuta, Ogun State, South-Western Nigeria. Asa started life in Paris, France, and when she was 2 years old, her parents relocated to Lagos, South-Western Nigeria. She was the only girl out of four children, and she has three brothers. Asa’s parents were frequently away, so she tended to her little brothers. Her family attended the Celestial Church of Christ (White garment Church).
Life in Lagos did not go well with her, and it was a city where the rich, poor, Muslims, Christians, and hustlers lived together amidst love, hate, laughter, and violence. Lagos was little New York, and if you must venture into the music in Nigeria, you first must penetrate the Lagos Market. Although Asa was a lonely child while growing up, she was different, and music was her best friend. She would go to the park with her brothers, dance, and sing, but she took refuge in an imaginary world she alone lived in.
She felt out of place in a strange world that does strange things to be happy; the singer was mocked, laughed at, and even ostracized by the church choir. However, she fought against rejection and struggled through the ups and downs of societal standards that were bizarre to her. Finally, she found solace in music, and it became the love of her life.
Asa attended the prestigious Corona High School Lagos. She spent her formative life in Jos, Plateau State, Middle Belt, Nigeria, and attended Federal Government College Jos, where she got her West African Senior Secondary Certificate. Upon her return to Lagos at age 18, she lived with the harsh reality of her parent’s divorce. She also studied Theatre Arts and Music at the Lagos State University. However, she dropped out as a Diploma student, spending a little over six months as the curriculum clashed with her Saxophone lessons class with 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. In 2004, while she was 22 years old, Asa met her manager and friend Janet, who introduced her to Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo that partnered with her to make music. Her genre of music is Pop, Alternative, and Jazz. Regarding her looks, she grew dreadlocks as an inspiration she got from Bob Marley. Asa was nominated for the 2011 Female Artist of the Year award at the French Music Awards.
She Has Very Supportive Parents
Her parents were working and studying Cinematography in France while Asa was born. Her father, Akin Elemide, was a telecommunication engineer. He also shot video reports for wedding ceremonies and other events. Her mother, Arsah Elemide, was a shopkeeper who supported her father. After their divorce, she drew closer to her mother, getting more involved with music.
Her father’s elaborate musical collection had a heavy influence on her life and career choice, and his cinematography also influenced her acting prowess. Yet, Asa is one of the few celebrities who have managed to keep their personal life away from the prying eyes of the media. As a result, Little is known about her brothers or other family relations.
Asa is Currently Not in a Relationship – Here’s Why
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 which person 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 has 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 what happened exactly, but due to some irreconcilable differences, the relationship crashed. She is currently not in any relationship, and she is more interested in focusing on her career than having a relationship.