Nigerian recording artiste, Asa whose real name is Bukola Elemide on Tuesday, July 19 got netizens talking after she performed her iconic single, ‘Fire on the mountain‘ at the relaunch of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.
The event had numerous elites and dignitaries at the event, including, president Muhammadu Buhari who officially launched the new project.
Buhari, who was accompanied by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila among other dignitaries at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja, described the NNPC Limited as the largest national oil company in Africa.
He mentioned that the new enterprise would also support sustainable growth across other sectors of the economy as it delivers energy to the world.
The President, therefore, assured stakeholders in the industry that Africa’s largest NOC will adhere to its fundamental corporate values of Integrity, Excellence and Sustainability while operating as a commercial, independent and viable NOC at par with its peers around the world.
He added that the company would focus on becoming a dynamic global energy company of choice to deliver energy for today, for tomorrow, and for the day days after tomorrow.
Asa Steals Show With ‘Fire On The Mountain’ Performance
Despite the presence of some of the notable figures in the country, Asa sang the politically-themed song off her 2007 eponymous debut studio album.
Aside from the hugely popular “fire on the mountain”, the multi-instrumentalist also sang “IDG” at the event.
Watch her performance below.
— Channels Television (@channelstv) July 19, 2022
The singer’s choice of song at the event has stirred reactions from Nigerians on social media.
Read what Nigerians have to say about her performance below.
Is Asa singing There’s Fire On The Mountain at the unveiling of NNPC Limited deliberate?
Whatever the answer is, this is one of the loudest protests ever with Mr President sitting across her.#NNPCLtd
— bisuclef (@bisuclef) July 19, 2022
I liked the fact that ASA chose to sing “Fire on the mountain” song for this NNPC relaunching. Lol
— ♧ (@Kuxayet) July 19, 2022
Hope the audience will get and pick the message.
— Michael Ay (@Detuns04) July 19, 2022
So, Asa performed “Fire on the mountain” at the NNPC relaunch in presence of Buhari, APC looters and none of them could decipher the message.
They were all giggling and shinning different shades of brown teeth. Kai.
Shout-out to Asa for being brave today. Love you.
— Aji Bussu Onye Mpiawa azụ ️ (@AfamDeluxo) July 19, 2022
Seeing Asa perform ‘Fire on the Mountain’ at the State House 15 years after it was released and these lyrics still resonate:
“One day the river will overflow
And there’ll be nowhere for us to go
And we will run, run
Wishing we had put out the fire”
— Kayode Okikiolu (@KayodeOkikiolu) July 19, 2022
Asa was invited to sing at the NNPC re-launch with Buhari in attendance. Guess the song she chose to sing? “There is fire on the mountain.” No one can convince me that this was not on purpose . I saw what you did there our lovely sister. God bless you for passing the message.
— DR.PENKING™ #PeterObi (@drpenking) July 19, 2022
Beautiful performance and a perfect choice of songs. Asa is goated 💯
Who else noticed The Caveman on her band? 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/oDA8qnjbH6
— Mr Anu (@Anu_official) July 19, 2022
Asa performing at the NNPC relaunch in the presence of Buhari & other APC elites is wr¤ng, she sh¤uld’ve turned down the offer; Our leaders are aware of their evildoings, a song can’t change ’em & we can’t be fighting against bad leaders, then dine with ’em when it’s convenient.
— Daniel Regha (@DanielRegha) July 19, 2022
Damn. I respect this. @Asa_official could have done any song before these murderous cretins but she chose Fire on The Mountain because there is no other way to describe Nigeria right now. It is burning, “and nobody seems to be on the run”. Only they seem too dumb to get it. https://t.co/lhOHVv8upy
— Elnathan John (@elnathan_john) July 19, 2022
As I type now, her manager is on the run now as the cabal are hunting after him. Buhari face expressed the shock of direct message from ASA and currently the planning committee members are accused to had planned the “insult against the president with the opposite”#RevolutionNow pic.twitter.com/i6pAYxr8fc
— C0NSC!ENCE (@c0nsc) July 19, 2022
Talking of the unveiling of NNPC Limited, I was not in any way surprised to see Asa invited as the guest artiste. #BeUnique
— Olukotun Gideon O. (@olukotung) July 19, 2022
Lo and Behold, ASA mounted the stage without greeting or acknowledging the President who was present. No exchange of pleasantries or any form of smiles, she scattered the event and gave her audience shock with “THERE IS FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN”. pic.twitter.com/4QmxNn6LBJ
— C0NSC!ENCE (@c0nsc) July 19, 2022