The song was released on September 5th 2019. The name of the song references the line “49 sitting, 99 standing” from Fela Kuti’s 1978 hit “Shuffering and Shmiling.”
Also, “49-99” serves as a follow up to her hit single, “One.”
According to Tiwa in a press release, it reflects the “hard life many Nigerians go through.” She goes on to mention that “a transit bus serves as a case study. It ought to have only 49 seated passengers, however due to poor economic conditions, we often have nearly twice that number of passengers standing (99).”
However, the afro-pop track got a production credit from Nigerian serial hit-maker, Pheelz.
49 sitting 99 standing oh my God o
I get money before no be property o
Waiting for danfo, waiting for Uber and Okada
Omo no be so, me I want to live o
I gat to get the dollar
Plenty plenty mulla
Monkey no get skills
Igi su mo igi, l’obo fin yor
I thank you Lord
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