Happy Birthday Burna Boy: The Journey 29 Years An African Giant, Strong And Tall

Oluwaburnnnnaaaa The African giant! Damini Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He had the dream of becoming a musician from a very young age. His first attempt in making music was at the age of ten.

This was when he started making beats from his computer using a production software “FruityLoops” given to him by a friend. His attempt to study at a London University did not turn out well. This is because he dropped out after two years. He moved back to Nigeria afterward in 2010.

He then followed up to release his debut studio album L.I.F.E on 12 August 2013, serving as the follow-up to his second mixtape Burn Identity (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 ₦10 million.

His lead single titled ‘like to party’ from his debut studio album, L.I.F.E which was released in 2012 brought him to limelight in the Nigerian music industry.

His first prominent album LIFE was produced by LeriQ. The album featured guest appearances from 2face Idibia, M.I, Timaya, Olamide, Reminisce, and Wizkid. The album was ranked 12th best album in 2013 by the ‘’Nigerian Entertainment Today’’. During the 2014 Nigerian Entertainment awards, the album was nominated for the Best Album of the Year. The album ranked 7th in the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

Burna Boy parted ways with Aristokrat Record in 2015. He created his own record label called Spaceship Entertainment. During this period, he released his 2nd album, ‘’On a Spaceship’’ in 2016.

He first performed in a sold-out crowd in October 2018 at London’s O2 Academy located in Brixton. Hiis announcement as YouTube’s Artist on the Rise for 3 months in the same year, was no surprise to many.

Alongside Mr. Eazi, he was announced as one of the artists to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2019. He went ahead to win four awards at the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival, including African Artiste of the Year, Listener’s Choice and Best Male MVP. He won the Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards and also won the 2019 MTV EMA Awards for Best African Act in June 2019 and was announced as Apple Music‘s Up Next artist. He was also nominated for Grammys but lost to Angelique Kidjo.

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