Burna Boy Biography, Music Career, Family

One of the top Nigerian artistes making waves in Africa is Burna Boy. The Rivers State born singer has achieved remarkable feats in the industry more than most of his peers could do within the period he got into Nigeria’s entertainment arena.
After Burna boy stormed the music industry in 2010, it took just two years for him to work himself to the top, carving a niche for himself as one of Nigeria’s fast-rising star to watch out for.

Burna Boy has qualities that can make any entertainer outstanding anyday. He has the voice, talent, skills, charisma, and a conquering spirit that has led great entertainers through many hurdles in their journey to the top of the industry. So who is Burna boy? Learn more about him from this interesting piece.

Growing up

Burna Boy, born Damini Ogulu, was born on July 2, 1991, in Ahoada, Port Harcourt, Rivers state. He was raised by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ogulu, in Ahoada but they later moved to Lagos State, where the performer completed his basic education. Reports have it that Burna Boy attended Montessori International School, from where he moved to Corona, Agbara, Lagos, for his secondary school education. Whether he had a university education or not is not yet known to the public.

Burna Boy is yet to reveal an elaborate information about his family background, the names of his siblings, and other essential details that are of interest to his fans and the world at large.

Music Career & Accomplishments

Burna boy has achieved a lot within the period of time he has been in Nigeria’s music industry. The singer has managed to pull successful African singers like AKA, Leriq, and Sarkodie to the studio to work with him. This feat alone earned him praises within and beyond the entertainment community.
This high-profile singer has a unique brand of music, an Afrofusion beat that makes him fans’ delight. He dropped his first record titled: “Shobeedo (Freestyle)” in 2011, which was followed shortly by ‘Burn Notice” and “Burn Identity”. The following year, precisely on may 31, 2012, the dancer released another single titled: “Like To Party” and subsequently its video on September 5, 2012, to the excitement of many music lovers.
One song video that took him to exceptional limelight is “Like to Party”. The music video which ran for 4 minutes and 9 seconds and shot by Squareball Media services, to date, is considered as Burna Boy’s breakout song/video, as it played pivotal roles in thrusting him into an immense popularity across Nigeria and beyond.
Burna Boy, an Afropop vocalist, also boasts another single hit titled “Tonight”, which was released on September 24, 2012, and later backed up with its music video. The music video for “Tonight” was released on December 13, 2012, and featured the singer’s innate feelings and heartfelt emotions.
Burna Boy’s debut studio album is titled: L.I.F.E – Leaving an Impact for Eternity. it was released on August 12, 2013, by Aristokrat Records. His other musical credits include “Redemption (EP)” (2016), “On a Spaceship” (2015), and “Outside” (2018).
The singer ended the year 2013 with one nomination and two awards. He won the Best Pop award for his song “Like to Party” at the South-South Music Awards Best Pop and the Best New Act of the Year at the Nigerian Entertainment Award for himself. He was nominated for Next Rated at the 2013 Headies though he did not win the award. He has really made a serious mark in the industry.

Family Life

Burna Boy’s family life is similar to that of many singers/song writers in Nigeria. He reportedly has a baby mama called Uju Stella Johnson, who called him out in May 2016 on Instagram for abandoning her and their baby after she became pregnant for him. Stella also accused him of raping a girl in the United Kingdom and abandoning his trial process. In response, the singer admitted to sleeping with her once but rubbished claims that he got her pregnant for him. Burna Boy is not married presently yet neither does he have children of his own.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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