By Yetunde Adeyeri
SCHICK Magazine features award-winning French-Nigerian recording artist, Aṣa in its 6th edition – “The Summer Issue”.
The quarterly publication delves into Aṣa’s life and work, discussing her five-year hiatus from the music scene, the cultural influences that have shaped both her and her craft, and the real change she wants to see in Nigeria.
The 36-year-old singer just released a new single titled The Beginning on May 14, 2019, after a five-year hiatus.
“Music is subjective, some will like what you do, and some won’t. One day, you’re in a 5-star hotel, the next, in a below 1-star hotel. Life is full of ups and downs, and that’s what makes it stimulating. I think the most important thing is never to lose sight of who you are and your purpose in life.”
On Her Personality:
“I don’t take myself too seriously. People think I’m a little uptight, but I like meeting and learning about people. Once we get past the introduction, I end up becoming the class clown!”
On Being a Woman:
“You are simply an angry feminist. No one looks at the fact that being a strong woman is the influence of good parenting and society.”
On Love and Dating:
“It’s either guys think they aren’t in your league or you have 150 sailors waiting at every port to swoon at your feet! Either way, it can be quite lonely and difficult to find someone who doesn’t mind taking the back seat to see you grow and wilfully take you for all you are.”
Photography: Seye Isikalu
Creative Direction & Styling: Titi Adesanya
Hair: Janet Nwose
Makeup: Violet Zeng
Location: The Hop Shop, Castle Lavender Farm