Burna Boy is a talented singer who has taken the music industry by storm. His songs have become major hits not only in Nigeria but worldwide.
In this article, I will share his biography, songs, net worth, awards, and family with you.
Early life and education
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, was born on 2 July 1991 in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. His father owned a welding business, while his mother was a translator. Benson Idonije, his grandfather, used to manage Fela Kuti. Bose Ogulu, his mother, would eventually become his manager.
Ogulu grew up in southern Nigeria and began using FruityLoops to create his own beats.
He went to Corona Secondary School in Agbara, Ogun State.
Burna Boy created a music band that performed at concerts when he was in secondary school. He moved to London to continue his schooling; he went to the University of Sussex to study Media Technology. he dropped out due to his love of music.
Burna Boy’s mother saw his love for music and arranged for him to work as an intern at a radio station. After work, Burna Boy would head to the studio and record songs.
Burna Boy songs
Burna Boy describes his style of music as Afro-fusion. He got his inspiration from dancehall and Afro-beat musicians; an example of such a musician is Fela Kuti.
The talented musician rose to stardom in 2013 after the release of his song like to party. The song was a lead single in his album L.I.F.E.
The album served as a follow up to his second mixtape, Burn Identity, which he released in 2011.
The album sold 40,000 copies on the first day of its release. Aristokrat Records later sold its marketing rights to Uba Pacific for N10 million. Five singles preceded the album’s release: “Like to Party”, “Tonight”, “Always Love You”, “Run My Race”, and “Yawa Dey”.
Burna Boy secured a deal with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States and Warner Music Group in the rest of the world in 2017. Outside, his third studio album was his major-label debut.
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He has collaborated with many national and international acts such as Wizkid, Davido, Zlatan, Olamide, Angelique Kidjo, John Legend, Justin Bieber, Stormzy, etc.
He was featured alongside American musician, John Legend, in the song, Coming 2 America, the soundtrack to the movie, Coming 2 America.
Burna Boy has released three major albums and has featured in many singles. Here is a list of his popular songs
- Won Da Mo ft D-banj
- Trumpet ft Davido
- Run my race
- Like to party
- Check and Balance
- Heaven’s gate
- On the low
- Killin Dem
- Bank on It
- Way Too Big
- Real Life ft Stormzy
- Monsters You Made ft Chris Martin
- 20 10 20
- Question ft Don Jazzy
- Want It All ft Polo G
Burna Boy albums
- L.I.F.E. (2013)
- On a spaceship(2015)
- African Giant(2019)
- Twice as Tall(2020)
Burna Boy soldout shows
- Madison Square Garden, New York
- The O2 Arena, London
- Accor Arena, Paris
- Geneva Arena, Geneva
- 3Arena, Dublin
The talented musician has won many national and international awards. With 65 nominations, she is the most nominated African artist in B.E.T. history. Burna is the first Nigerian to win a Grammy award in recent memory. He is also the first Nigerian to receive two Grammy nominations in a row.
Here is a list of his awards.
- Best New Act of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2013.
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards Album of the Year 2014.
- Best African Collaboration at the MTV Africa Music Awards2015.
- Album of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Award 2018.
- B.E.T. Awards, Best International Act 2018.
- Headies, Song of theYear, Album of the Year and Collaboration of the Year 2018.
- Future Awards Africa 2019, Future Prize for Young Person of the Year.
- 2020 B.E.T. Awards for Best International Act.
- 2020 Grammy Awards for Best Global Music Album.
Burna Boy’s family
Burna has two siblings, Singer Nissi Ogulu and stylist Ronami Ogulu.
The musician is not yet married. He was in a relationship with British Jamaican musician Stefflon Don.
The relationship is reported to have ended after he reportedly cheated on her with a lady called Joe Pearl.
His family is connected to late Musicians Fela Kuti as both his mother and grandfather were once his managers.
His mother, Bose Ogulu, manages his music career and his sister Nissi.
Burna Boy’s net worth
Nigerian singer Burna Boy is arguably one of the Top 10 richest musicians in Nigeria.
The Grammy award winner has a net worth of $25 million. The primary source of his wealth comes from the sales of his albums, songs and his many endorsement deals.
In the Nigerian music industry, the self-proclaimed African Giant is a force to be reckoned with. He’s been referred to as a “new generation” black artist with a strong influence in dancehall and hip-hop.
He’s become one of the most in-demand performers on the planet after breaking into the music industry in 2010.
His consistent release of hit singles and albums has elevated him above his colleagues, and he is now regarded as a musical force to be reckoned with.