Asa is a Nigerian French singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Her stage name “Aṣa” means “Hawk” in Yoruba. Born Bukola Elemide, she was born on September 17, 1982 in Paris, France to her Nigeran parents. Her family returned to live in Nigeria when she was two. Aṣa grew up in a small town near Lagos, in the south-western part of Nigeria.