Skip to main content
World Music Matters

'Guitar was my ticket out', Franco-Nigerian star Asa

Audio 10:00
ASA  and French singer Tété are backing French volunteers with the Poverty is Sexist campaign
ASA and French singer Tété are backing French volunteers with the Poverty is Sexist campaign Steve Wells

Franco-Nigerian singer-songwriter Asa talks to RFI about using her voice to promote the "Poverty is sexist" campaign run by the charity One. Inequalities between men and women are still all too real, not least on the African continent. Asa grew up on the receiving end, before music gave her a way out.

Advertising

"It's unacceptable that one out of 26 women runs the risk of dying in childbirth, just because she's born in Mali, or that 36 percent of girls in Niger are married before the age of 15," says the international singer-songwriter.

Along with other big names like Angelique Kidjo, Oprah Winfrey and Sir Elton John, she's backing One's campaign to fight female poverty. 

She also talks to us about fleeing the madding crowds of Lagos and retreating to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of stories for her next album.

Follow Asa on Facebook

Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning

Page not found

The content you requested does not exist or is not available anymore.