Ronami Ogulu: Creative brain behind Burna Boy’s ‘controversial’ outfits

Ronami Ogulu: Creative brain behind Burna Boy’s ‘controversial’ outfits

Ronami Ogulu is one of the talented Ogulu siblings whose eye for fashion singles her out even in her family. As the younger sister to one of Nigeria’s biggest music stars currently, she has shown that being controversial is a family thing.

Whenever her brother, Burna Boy, steps out, whether on or off the big stage, his outfits always tell a story and get fans talking. Hence, fans are eager to know who is the brain behind the Comma singer’s eccentric outfits.

So, here is everything you need to know about Ronami Ogulu.

Ronami Ogulu wearing pink dress

Ronami Ogulu biography

Ronami Ogulu is a businesswoman, celebrity stylist and creative. She is famous for being the sister to one of Nigeria’s Grammy award winners, Burna Boy.

Ogulu attended an all-girls school called Haberdashers Monmouth School in Wales, United Kingdom. She subsequently enrolled at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2014. There, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Ronami Ogulu on her birthday

She expanded her knowledge by obtaining a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Economics and Strategy for Business from the Imperial College Business School in 2015.

Beyond being his sister, Ogulu is also the brain behind Burna Boy’s exceptional fashion style. Today, fans continue to admire and applaud her for the remarkable artistic vision she brings to the stage through Burna’s clothing.

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Ronami Ogulu career

Ogulu is a talented young lady who has both experience and skill in the business and fashion world.

Famously known for styling her brother, Burna Boy, for most of his events and shows, she has succeeded in carving a niche for herself as a celebrity stylist. But before she became a stylist, she worked in the corporate world in various organisations.

After her stint at International Projects in Biarritz, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France, as a Programme Assistant from June 2014 to September 2014, Ogulu took a break from the corporate world. It was not until two years later that she made her return.

In January 2016, she joined FSDH Merchant Bank (FSDH) as a Corporate Banking Analyst and worked there until April 2017.

She transitioned to a role as a financial analyst at the African Development Bank Group in May 2017. Her work primarily focused on the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership Sector and she had the opportunity to work in both Lagos and Ghana.

Ronami Ogulu with Burna Boy

Even though her brother had already made a name for himself in the Nigerian music industry, it was not until July 2018 that she started working officially as a branding/creative strategy executive at Spaceship Collective, formerly known as Spaceship Entertainment.

The company was originally founded by Burna Boy on February 18, 2015, and has transformed in recent years. In 2020, it rebranded as Spaceship Records and now operates as part of the larger entity known as Spaceship Collective. Within the company, Spaceship Records holds the majority share and plays a significant role in the label’s operations.

Since its inception, Spaceship has become a prominent player in the music industry, with a strong focus on nurturing and promoting talent.

Although she might have officially joined her brother’s company in 2018, she had been styling him years before without realising it.

In an interview with BellaNaijaStyle, the celebrity stylist said: “I think I started styling him before I realised it was an actual ‘thing’ I was doing. I remember his break-out video, ‘Like to Party’, was coming up. I was in A-level school in the U.K. at the time and came home for the holidays right before the shoot, bragging to my mum about the vintage Versace shirt I found in an obscure corner of South Wales (side note: vintage hunting is a sport we both take pride in).

“Before I finished my story he walks up, takes it from me and announced that it matches the Versace sunglasses I got him for Christmas and the rest is history. I guess now I’ve moved back to Nigeria, it has become a more permanent part of my life and I’m excited about the journey!”

So far, many have said that Ogulu is the perfect stylist for Burna because of how she successfully embraced his eccentric and Afro style.

Reinstating this, Ogulu said, “His style has always been eccentric. He’s very big on deviating from the status quo, which is my M.O. as well, so it’s always an easy transition on stage and off stage. It’s all in the details, the subtle fashion quirks, for example, sunglasses, socks etc.

“Whether in view or not his socks tell a story concerning every outfit. It’s so bad that I now know the different sock textures appropriate for different shoe styles to ensure comfort etc. (It’s honestly more complex than it needs to be!).”

Ronami Ogulu net worth

As a creative and celebrity stylist, Ogulu’s net worth is estimated to be in the millions, according to multiple reports online.

Ronami Ogulu with her mother and brother

Ronami Ogulu family

Ogulu’s family is filled with artistically creative individuals who have climbed the success ladder in style. Her father, Samuel Ogulu, may be the least known to the public but never fails to get accolades from his wife whenever they celebrate their anniversary. He is an entrepreneur and manager of a welding company.

On the other hand, Ogulu’s mother, Bose Ogulu is a talented manager who oversees the musical careers of Ogulu’s elder brother, Burna Boy, and her younger sister, Nissi Ogulu.

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Bose Ogulu is known as Mama Burna due to her role as Burna Boy’s manager. Ogulu’s mother has received awards on behalf of Burna Boy at prestigious events like the All Africa Music Awards, The Headies, and the MTV Europe Music Award. She even surprised Burna Boy during a show to inform him about his 2019 MTV award win.

Ronami Ogulu's parents

The younger Ogulus probably get their controversial nature and uniqueness from their mother, as evidenced during the 2018 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival, Bose represented Burna Boy and created a buzz on social media with her statement, “Expect more madness”.

At the 2019 BET Awards, Bose Ogulu accepted the award for Best International Act on behalf of Burna Boy. Her powerful speech, urging African-Americans to remember their African roots, earned her a standing ovation.

Ronami Ogulu's mother receiving the BET Award on behalf of Burna Boy

Aside from her managerial role, Bose Ogulu is also the founder and CEO of Spaceship Collective. Under this umbrella, she oversees Spaceship Records, an entertainment label, and Spaceship Publishing, a publishing company.

The most famous individual in the family is Ogulu’s elder brother, Burna Boy. Born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, Burna is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and musician who has made a significant impact in the music industry. Known for his distinct music style that fuses afrobeat, reggae, and dancehall influences, Burna Boy has gained widespread recognition and achieved numerous accomplishments throughout his career.

He has released several successful albums, including African Giant (2019), Twice as Tall (2020) and Love Damini (2022). These albums received critical acclaim and garnered international attention as they showcased Burna Boy’s versatility and musical prowess.Ronami Ogulu's brother Burna Boy

The On The Low singer is one artist whose music has transcended borders and gained global recognition. He has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, and Stormzy, a feat which has elevated his profile and expanded his fanbase worldwide.

The African Giant, as he is fondly called, had all his three albums nominated consecutively for the Best Global Music Album category at the Grammies in 2020, 2021 and 2022. He succeeded in winning the prestigious Grammy Award for his Twice as Tall album in 2021, making history as the first Nigerian artist to win this category.

His tracks have topped music charts, received millions of streams and gained popularity across various platforms. Burna Boy’s music often addresses social and political issues. He has been recognised for promoting African culture and highlighting the continent’s rich musical heritage through his music.

His unique style, infectious melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics have propelled him to the forefront of the global music scene. 

Burna Boy might be the most famous face in the Ogulu family, but another star in the family is Ogulu’s younger sister, Nissi. Nissi Ogulu, also known as Nissi Nation, is not only the youngest child of the Ogulu family but a talented artist in her own right.

Ronami Ogulu's sister, Nissi Ogulu

With her mother as her manager, Nissi Ogulu has been making waves in the music industry and sharing the stage with her brother Burna Boy. She has held her shows in Nigeria and made appearances at alternative festivals like Native Land.

Her talent has caught the attention of Apple Music as they have included her captivating 2019 track Trouble/Tornado, in several of their popular Nigerian playlists.

Supported by her family, Nissi Ogulu is on a path towards establishing herself as a top-tier artist with a bright future ahead.

Ronami Ogulu age

Ogulu was born on March 14, 1993. She is 30 years old currently.

Ronami Ogulu Instagram

Ronami Ogulu is fast becoming a force to reckon with in the fashion world and she uses her Instagram page to aid herself in getting more visibility and traction. Going by the username @r0nami on Instagram, the talented stylist has 85,900 followers, as of the time of this piece’s publication.

Her Instagram page is filled with pictures of Burna Boy in various outfits that she styled him in. Ogulu has established that when it comes to fashion – colourful, bold, and unique are her watchwords. 

The 30-year-old stylist never fails to step out looking like the celebrity stylist that she is in her gorgeous outfits.

Ronami Ogulu fixing Burna Boy's outfit

Her outfits always define her unique style whether it’s denim on denim or black on black, Ogulu always ‘eats every outfit leaving no crumbs’. She is fast becoming one of the celebrity stylists fans run to for fashion inspiration on Instagram. 

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