Daminu Ogulu (born July 2, 1991) well known as Burna Boy, is an award winning Nigerian Afro-beat sensation and a prolific songwriter. He came to prominence for his hit single “Like To Party”. He left the music scene for a while only to make a major come back with back to back hit singles from “Ye” to “Angelina”. He won a Grammy Award in 2020 for his album “Twice As Tall” and hence the name “African Giant”.
|Birth Name:||Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu|
|Birth Date:||July 2, 1991|
|State of Origin:||Rivers State|
|Genre:||Afrobeat, Reggae, Dancehall|
Burna Boy was born on 2 July 1991 in Portharcourt. He grew up in Ahaoda, Rivers state part of Nigeria before he later relocated to Lagos state to pursue a full time career in music.
He attended the Montessori international school and later completed his secondary education at Corona, Agbara, Lagos, after which he moved to the UK to further his education.
However, his mother, Bose Ogulu, has always been the backbone of his career and thus became his manager.
Burna Boy got inspiration from the pioneer of Afro-beat, Fela Kuti. He came to limelight with the song “Like to party” which was accompanied with a video directed by Adasa Cookey for Squareball Media.
Having stood out for his swags and unique voice, the afrobeat singer has been able to find his way to the top with several outstanding songs.
He showcased his talent much better with the release of the single titled “Tonight” which was also given a befitting visuals to express his feelings.
He also has released some other hit singles like “Check and Balance”, “Run My Race”, “Yawa Dey”, “Celebrate, “Won Da Mo” featuring D’Banj.
Burna Boy who seems like a forgotten one as he was away from the music scene for a quite a while, came back in 2017 with a full force while dropping hits back to back from “Ye” to Gbona and “On a Low”.
The singer became a sensation across the globe after he released his much anticipated album “Twice As Tall” which had several top collaborations from the likes of Youssou N’Dour, Chris Martin, Sauti Sol, Stormzy and so on. The album produced numerous exciting singles like Way too big, Alarm Clock, Wonderful, Onyeka, Monsters You Made and many others. It also enjoys mouth watering production from the likes of Timberland, LeriQ, P2J, Telz, Jae5, Skread and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs.
Fans couldn’t get enough of his energetic vibes as he got a major collaboration with Wizkid on the single “Ginger” which also went viral online.
Awards And Nominations
Burna Boy has won numerous awards such as:
- African Artiste of the Year at Soundcity MVP Awards Festival (2019)
- Song of the Year at The Headies (2019)
- Best African Act at MTV Europe Music Awards (2019)
- Album of the Year and Song of the Year at All Africa Music Awards (2019)
- Best International Act at BET Awards (2020)
- Best International Act at MOBO Awards (2020)
- Best Global Music Album at Grammy Awards (2020)
He has got several nominations which include:
- Next Rated and Best R&B single at The Headies (2013)
- Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year at the Headies (2014)
- Best Recording of the Year at the BET Awards (2015)
- Video of the Year at MTV Europe Music Awards (2019)
- Listener’s Choice at Soundcity MVP Awards Festival (2019)
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Burna Boy is in a relationship with the British singer, Stefflon Don. They began dating as far back as 2019 and the two have always been pictured together online.
Net Worth & Endorsements
The reggae sensation who have taste for exotic cars, owns a Range Rover Sport and G-class Mercedes benz worth over N17 million naira and N20 million naira respectively.
He signed a multi-million deal with the Nigerian Telecommunication giant, Globacom worth over N1.3 million naira and also signed a deal with Mortell Cognac in 2016.
Burna Boy is one of the most influential Nigerian singer with an estimated net worth of $17,000,000.
- Instagram: @burnaboygram
- twitter: @burnaboy