UPDATE: We are suffering and smiling – singer Tiwa Savage explains title of new single 49-99 (video)


Popular singer Tiwa Savage recently got social media buzzing after she released her widely anticipated single 44-99, along with a music video on Thursday, September 5.

Before the release of the project, many fans and supporters of the talented songstress had wondered what the title meant after she flooded her social media pages with the official artwork for the song.

Well, it appears fans have now gotten what they want from Tiwa and there is no doubt that the diva is not just about making music that makes people dance, but also committed to steering social conversations with her art.

Few hours after the official release of the song, Tiwa Shared a video of her premiere interview with Ebro Darden of Beats1, in which she was heard giving an explainer about 44-99.

According to Tiwa, the title was a phrase coined by late afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. She said it refers to the condition obtainable in a popular 49-seater transit bus known as molue, where you have 49 individuals seated while double the number of commuters have to stand all the way through the journey.

The singer explained further that the transit bus situation is a reflection of the poverty in the country and how the rich keep getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

“We are suffering and smiling,” Tiwa said.

Watch the video below: