Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter.
He became famous in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album, L.I.F.E (2013).
Ever since his emergence, he has continued to grace the Nigerian music industry with his unique talent and vocals.
Where was he born and to whom?
Burna boy was born in Ahoada, Port Harcourt, Rivers State to Bose and Samuel Ogulu. He also spent most of his early childhood in Port Harcourt.
He, however, eventually moved to Lagos State, where he finished his secondary school education.
How he started
His penchant for music stems to his Grandfather, Benson Idonije, who once managed Fela Kuti, the widely proclaimed father of Afrobeat.
In an interview with YouTube Music, Burna Boy said when he started his music career, he used to “do songs off of anything” he could find.
He also stated that he “got beats from video games and movies” and used popular music app, FruityLoops, for his productions.
Burna Boy, who attributed Fela Kuti as his greatest inspiration, stated that music was like a punching bag to him.
A means for him to talk about the real problems and difficulties faced by common citizens in Nigeria.
However, stating that most of his songs aren’t for dancing hasn’t stopped people from playing and dancing to those songs at clubs and parties.
His mother and Manager, Bose Ogulu, said “[when] other children [were] being proper and singing nursery rhymes, [Burna Boy] was singing ‘naughty by nature’ – Hip Hop Hooray, with all the moves”.
She eventually came to terms that Burna was probably not going to be great academically, but would make an awesome singer.
How old is Burna Boy?
Burna Boy was born on 2 July 1991. Therefore, he is 28 yeas old.
I’m sure many of his fans will not let any 2 of July pass by without wishing him a happy birthday.
How much is he worth?
There’s no clear figure available since many singers do not come out openly to declare their net worth.
However, due to the amount of success he has enjoyed in recent years, we are estimating him to be worth at least $10 million.
Here are some of the major awards Burna Boy has won:
|BET Award for Best International Act||2019|
|The Headies Award for Artiste of the Year||2019|
|MTV Africa Music Award for Video of the Year (Run My Race)||2014 ·|
|MTV Africa Music Award for Best Collaboration in partnership with Absolut (All Eyes On Me)||2015 ·|
|MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act||2019|
|The Future Awards Africa Nigeria Prize for Young Person of the Year||2019|
|The Future Awards Africa Nigeria Prize for Music||2019|
|The Headies Award for Song of the Year (Ye)||2019|
|The Headies Award for Best Collabo (Killin Dem)||2019|
Other facts you probably didn’t know about Burna Boy
- Burna boy’s mother, Bose Ogulu, was a former dancer of late afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. The highly talented Bose also manages her son.
- His African Giant album was nominated for World Music Album of the year at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. However, he lost to Angelique Kidjo.
- In 2013, the singer earned one nomination and won Best Pop Award (“Like to Party”) at the South-South Music Awards. He also won Best Pop and the Best New Act of the Year at the Nigerian Entertainment Award. In that same year, he was nominated for Next Rated at the 2013 Headies which he didn’t win.
- Burnaboy fondly refers to his brand of music as ‘Afro-fusion‘.
Here’s a summary of Burna Boy’s profile
|Birthname||Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu|
|Date of Birth||2 July 2019 ( age 28 years)|
|Net worth||$10 million (estimated)|
|State of origin||Port Harcourt|