Bukola Elemide Biography
On September 17, 1982, Olubukola Elemide, also known as Asa, was born in Paris, France to parents who were natives of Itoko in the Abeokuta South local government area of Ogun state, Nigeria. She is a singer and composer who is French and Nigerian.
|Real Name||Olubukola Elemide|
|Date of birth||September 17, 1982|
|Age||43 years old|
|Place of birth||Abeokuta, Ogun. State|
|State of origin||Ogun State|
|Nationality||Nigerian and French|
|Net Worth||$3 Million|
|Occupation||Singer and Songwriter|
Bukola Elemide Age
Bukola Elemide is 38 years old.
Bukola Elemide Early Life
At the time, Asa’s father, Akin Elemide, worked as a telecoms engineer. Shee had three boys and was the only female in the family. She was raised in Festac Town until her family returned to Nigeria when she was two years old. When the Elemide family returned to Nigeria, her mother opened a store and her father started filming weddings for video reports.
Young Asa had to face the terrible truth of her parents’ divorce, but despite how damaging it was to her, she thinks it had some special benefits. At a young age, she was given the moniker “Asa,” which is Yoruba for “hawk.” Before moving back to Lagos at the age of 18, Asa spent her formative years in the northern Nigerian metropolis of Jos, Plateau State.
Asa’s mother enrolled her at the esteemed Corona High School in Lagos, followed by the Federal Government College in Jos, before returning to Lagos to enroll in the Theatre Arts and Music department at Lagos State University. Asa left after just a little over 6 months because it conflicted with her professional musical classes at the renowned saxophonist, Peter King’s Musical School in Badagry, where she majored in Guitar studies for a year. She was admitted to study as a diploma student, which required her to spend about 2 years.
Asa became interested in music while perusing her father’s collection of CDs, where she came across timeless artists like Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, and Lagbaja. Due to her voice’s rich tone, choirs turned her down when she was younger. Contemporary musicians like Erika Badu, D’Angelo, Rafel Saadiq, Lauryn Hill, and Angelique Kidjo served as inspiration for her when she relocated back to France.
Bukola Elemide Career
In 2004, Asa met Janet, her manager and friend, and through her, Asa was introduced to Cobhams Asuquo, a major figure in Nigerian music, who later became her collaborator and producer. She first released “Eye Adaba” and subsequently “Jailer” while still in Nigria. Her songs were well-received in Nigeria, where they were rapidly broadcast on the radio.
Asa quickly joined Nave Records. She co-produced her debut album, Asa, with Cobhams and added Christophe Dupouy to the team. Asa received the prestigious French Constantin Award in 2008 after the album’s release. A panel of 19 music industry experts in Paris selected her as the best new talent out of 10 singers or groups.
Asa, who is best known for her dreadlocks and guitar sidekick, has gained international recognition for her music. She opened for Seal at the Montreux Jazz Festival and embarked on a lengthy tour that took her to Europe, North America, Africa, and Japan. Asa has been known throughout the world for her distinctive husky voice and ability to approach problems with intelligence and confidence. Beautiful Imperfection, her second album, was released on October 25th, 2010. Be My Man, the album’s debut song, was made available to the public in late September. The song’s music video was released in the middle of October. She also shared the stage with Fefe at the 2011 Sydney Festival.
She is thought to be a modern-day Bob Marley, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The talented Cobhams Asuquo and Naeto C are said to have collaborated with her frequently. The “Bed of Stone” musician revealed that she experienced some difficulties with her most recent album and even had to record it twice because the first one didn’t feel authentic to her. Later, she undertook a few difficult tasks, such as traveling 18 hours by car from Nashville to New York in quest of love and inspiration.
She founded “The Dreamer Girl Foundation,” her own non-profit organization, in 2014. The first library is at the Progressive High school in Surulere, Lagos, and the foundation’s main goal is to establish reading clubs in libraries in primary schools throughout Nigeria. She reportedly agreed to a multimillion-naira sponsorship contract with GTBank.
Bukola Elemide Personal Life
Asa keeps her personal life as private as possible. However, when rumors of her sexual orientation began to circulate, she denied them, saying that she is not a lesbian, and even went so far as to sue the media outlet for libel.
She disclosed that she lost her virginity at the age of 28 in 2017. “Don’t clap for me,” she said, “since I’m embarrassed to admit I lost my virginity at 28. Perhaps being shy and being elsewhere where I was too preoccupied with my work meant that I didn’t even consider having sex was one of the reasons why I lost my virginity at such a late age.”
Bukola Elemide Awards
Her awards include;
2008: Prix Constantin
2011: French Music Awards Victoires de la Musique nomination for ‘Female Artist of the Year
Recording of the year- Bibanke by Asa Headies 2008
Headies Awards Album of the year – Asa 2008
Won Headies Next Rated Award- Asa 2006
Bukola Elemide Net Worth
Asa is currently worth $3 million.