Nigerian superstar singer Tiwaa Savage and her management in a way to promote her new single ’49:99′ have provided a free bus for students of the University of Ghana, Legon.
The bus, branded with the image of Tiwa Savage and the title of the single, 49:99 will work within the school.
It will serve as a shuttle for the students to transport them from their various halls of residence to their lecture halls and vice-versa, BrownGh.Com has gathered.
Tiwaa released her highly-anticipated single ’49-99′ a couple of weeks ago and since its release it has dominated the airwaves.
During the listening party, she had a Q&A session during which she revealed what ‘49-99’ means. According to her, ’49-99′ stands for ‘Forty nine, ninety-nine’ and not ‘Four thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine’ or ‘Four nine nine nine.’
Explaining the reasoning behind it, she says, “It’s a phrase that was coined by the godfather of afrobeats, Fela Kuti. It means, ‘49 sitting, 99 standing.’ Errm, suffering and smiling. For those who are not Nigerian, we have these transit buses which we call a ‘molue’ and it has 49 seats.
“So instead of it to have 49 people to commute to work and back, you have 49 people sitting and double that standing, hanging… That’s just a reflection of the economy and the imbalance with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. So the song, even when you first listen to it – it’s a great record (laughs) – it’s one you can zanku to and dance to.
“But I wanted something; I wanted my first global single to have a message that we are suffering and smiling and music is a powerful tool. And I wanted a title which could be a conversation starter like 49 people sitting and 99 people standing… like we’re suffering and smiling.”
See some pictures of the branded buses below:
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