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Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (born 2 July 1991), known professionally as Burna Boy, is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013).
It only took Burna Boy a few years to achieve what most of his contemporaries couldn’t achieve in so many years. He stormed the music industry in 2010 and eventually worked his way to the top after two years, carving a niche for himself as one of Nigeria’s fast-rising star to watch out for.
The singer may not be as popular as Fela Kuti or King Sunny Ade but he sure has virtually everything it takes to become great like these men of excellence. Burna Boy has the voice, talent, skills, charisma, and a conquering spirit that has led them through many hurdles in the industry.
I guess you really want to know more about this fast-rising superstar and his music career. You’ll find all the facts you need to know about Burna Boy in this article. Read on!
Burna Boy Biography
Burna Boy, born Damini Ogulu, arrived into the world on July 2, 1991, in Ahoada, Port Harcourt. He was born to Nigerian parents Mr. and Mrs. Ogulu, who raised him in Ahoada and later moved to Lagos State, where the performer completed his basic education. According to records, Burna Boy attended Montessori International School, from where he moved to Corona, Agbara, Lagos, for his secondary school education. However, it is not known to the public if he had a university education or not.
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.
Burna Boy Music Career & Accomplishments
In his little time on the microphone, 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.
As mentioned earlier, the Afrofusion songwriter launched his career in 2010. 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.
“Like to Party” 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.
The 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).
Burna Boy Family Life
Burna Boy has an alleged 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 songster admitted to sleeping with her once but rubbished claims that he got her pregnant for him. Currently, Burna Boy is not married yet neither does he have children of his own.
Other Facts About Burna Boy
1. 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 but didn’t win the award.
2. Burna Boy’s 2014 was a fantastic one as it fetched him four enviable nominations and one award. The singer won the Best New Act for himself at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards while his single Don Gorgon was nominated for the Best R&B Single as well as the Best R&B/Pop Album. Similarly, his album, L.I.F.E – Leaving an Impact for Eternity, was nominated for the Album Of The Year and Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year at the 2014 Headies.
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3. The dancer/performer/singer’s L.I.F.E album eventually won the Best Album of the Year at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards held in 2015 while Burna Boy was nominated the Best Pop Artist of the Year at the time event.
4. The Reggae dancehall performer has also appeared in about two movies titled: Deja vu and P.A.I.D. The former was released in 2015 and was directed by Sesan while the latter was released in 2017 and was directed by Clarence Peters.