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Burna Boy expresses disappointment over lack of appreciation from Nigerians



Damini Ogulu, the acclaimed Nigerian artist who has garnered Grammy awards under the moniker Burna Boy, recently conveyed his sentiment that he hasn’t received the level of recognition he deserves from his fellow Nigerians, despite his remarkable contributions both locally and on the global stage.

In his perspective, rather than acknowledging his positive musical contributions to the nation, many Nigerians tend to propagate unfounded rumors about him. Burna Boy expressed his dismay at this tendency, emphasizing that he would prefer to be appreciated for the positive impact he’s making on the country’s music scene.

Burna Boy cited instances where rumors circulated, such as claims that his mother had been a dancer for the legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. He also highlighted how some have speculated about his lack of a baby mama, attributing it to potential fertility issues, in contrast to his colleagues who have become parents.

In essence, Burna Boy voiced his desire for his artistic achievements to be acknowledged and celebrated by his compatriots, rather than overshadowed by baseless gossip and speculations.

The ‘It’s plenty’ crooner, whose maternal grandfather, Benson Idonije, was Fela Kuti’s first manager, also lashed out at Nigerians for speculating that the June 8, 2022, incident where his police escorts allegedly shot at one Ms. Steph Briella, her partner, and her best friend at Club Cubana, Victoria Island, Lagos, was because he wanted to snatch her from her partner.

The self-styled “African Giant” said this on “Thanks”, a J.Cole feature from his seventh studio album, “I Told Them,” which was released on Thursday night.

He sings: “Is this the m*ing thanks I get for making my people proud, every chance I get?

“It’s okay, I get. This Naija no love.

“They say my mama dance for Fela.

“They say I no get baby mama.

“They say I shoot person for Cubana because I want collect person woman…
Is this the m***ing thanks I get? For making my people proud, every chance I get.”