Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu was born on the 2nd of July, 1991,popularly known as Burna Boy, he is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, entertainer and record producer. He became famous in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album, L.I.F.E (2013). In 2017, Burna Boy signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the United States, and Warner Music Group internationally. He is founder of Spaceship Entertainment. His third studio album, Outside, marked his major-label debut. Burna Boy is one of ‘Afrobeats’ first artists. He is regarded as one of the finest and most talented songwriters and singers in the Africa. He is the 2021 winner of the Best World Music album Category at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards for his fifth studio album: Twice As Tall. He is a three-time International Best Act at the BET Awards and first Afrobeat artiste to sell out Wembley arena (SSE arena).Burna Boy raged the music business in 2010 and in the long run he worked his way to the top with in a couple years, cutting a specialty for himself as one of Nigeria’s quick-rising stars to keep an eye out for. The singer may not be as common as Fela Kuti or King Sunny Ade yet, but he sure has determination and purpose all that it takes to become amazing just like these men of greatness. Burna Boy has the voice, and abilities that has driven them through numerous obstacles in the entertainment industry.
Full Name: Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu
Stage Name: Burna Boy
Born: 2nd of July 1991 (age 31 years old)
Place of Birth: Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria
State Of Origin: Rivers State
Height: 1.85 m
Parents: Samuel Ogulu, Bose Ogulu
Siblings: Romani Ogulu, Nissi Ogulu
Wife • Spouse: Not Married
Genres: Afrobeats, reggae, dancehall
Occupation: Singer • Songwriter, record producer
Net Worth: US$20 million – US$25 million
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu famously called Burna Boy was born on the 2nd of July,1991 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. His mother, Bose Ogulu, worked as a language translator and his father, SamuelOgulu, managed a welding company. His maternal grandfather, Benson Idonije, once managed Nigerian multi-instrumentalist Fela Kuti. His mother Bose Ogulu later became his manager. Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu grew up in southern Nigeria and began making his own beats using Fruity Loops.He attended Corona Secondary School in Agbara in Ogun Stateand relocated to London to further his studies.He later studied media technology at the University of Sussex from 2008 to 2009, then studied media communications and culture at Oxford Brookes University from 2009 to 2010. He then returned to Port Harcourt and took up an year-long internship at Rhythm 93.7 FM.
He launched his music career after returning to Lagos. His younger brother Nissi Ogulu, is a singer and mechanical engineer. He has an older sibling, a sister named Romani Ogulu, who is a scientist and designer. His parents brought him up in the Christian faith and spent his early years in Port Harcourt and Lagos City. Coming from a family with a rich art background helped Burna Boy in discovering his musical talent quite early, and he didn’t face any resistance from his parents in pursuing his passion. Instead, they encouraged him, which motivated him to start composing songs while he was still in high school. Having set the goal that he wanted to be one of the most excellent musician to have ever lived, he knew that his music would have to be unusual so as to stand out. Thus, he choose to follow the path of Afrobeats and allowed himself to be influenced by records from the likes of Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, and others.
Burna Boy was privileged to taste quality education. He completed his creché and primary school education at a top private school in Port Harcourt. For his middle and high school education, he attended Corona Secondary School in Agbara, Ogun State.
Having learnt how to produce beats using Fruity Loops, Burna Boy recorded two mixtapes, Burn Notice and Burn Identity, before signing to Aristokrat Records. Under this label, he released the hit song, Like To Party, in 2012, which thrust him into the limelight. Like To Party is the lead single off his debut studio album, L.I.F.E, which was released on the 12th Of August 2013. The project features other top-charting singles like Run My Race, Yawa Dey, Always Love You and Tonight.
Burna Boy was nominated for the 2013 Next Rated Artiste award at The Headies. However, he lost the award to fellow singer, Sean Tizzle. His debut album L.I.F.E was nominated for the Best Album Of The Year at the 2014 Nigerian Entertainment Awards. Two years after becoming a music star, he parted ways with Aristokrat Records and founded his own music label, Spaceship Entertainment, in February 2015. Under Spaceship, he has released four other commercially successful albums and music projects. On the 25th Of November 2015, he dropped his highly anticipated second studio album titled: On A Spaceship. The album was closely supported by a debut EP, Redemption, released in September 2016.
Burna Boy made his comeback in January 2018 when he released his third album, Outside, which was dropped on the 26th of that month. The album helped him secure recognition in the international music scene with raving singles such as Ye, Heaven’s Gate, Rock Your Body, Koni Baje, Sekkle Down and Streets Of Africa. The album went on to win Album Of The Year at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. In 2019, he was among the group of African artists invited to work on Beyoncé‘s album, The Lion King: The Gift. He wrote and recorded the single, Ja Ara E, and earned the honour of being the only guest artiste with their own track on the album.
Burna Boy became the first Afrobeats artist to sell out Wembley Arena that same year. Moreso, he went home with four awards at the 2019 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival, winning the coveted African Artiste Of The Year, Listener’s Choice and Best Male MVP award categories. His fourth studio album, African Giant, which contains top-charting singles like Anybody, Killin’ Dem, Gbona, On The Low, Dangote, amongst others, was released to critical acclaim and commercial success on the 26th Of July 2019. The album was nominated for the Best World Music Album category at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2020. However, he lost the award to Beninese singer, Angelique Kidjo. In 2020, during the pandemic, Burna Boy began recording his fifth studio album, Twice As Tall, which was executive produced by American music icon, P. Diddy (Sean Combs) and his mother, Bose Ogulu. The album, which was released on the 14th Of August 2020, won the Best World Music Album category at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. Thus, Burna Boy made history as the first Nigerian artiste to have a back-to-back nomination at the Grammys. Burna Boy‘s single, Destiny (one of the tracks in the African Giant album), was included in the playlist at the inauguration of Joe Biden as the president of the United States. His song, My Money, My Baby, appeared in the film, Queen and Slim‘s soundtrack album. His latest single featuring Wizkid, Ballon D’Or, was released in January 2023.
Twice As Tall
On A Spaceship
Burna Social Media
Burna Boy is one of the most influential pop culture Nigerian artists on social media. Here are Burna Boy’s social media handles;
Instagram – @burnaboygram
Twitter – @burnaboy
Burna Boy’s personal life
Burna Body is regarded in some quarters to be the Giant Of African music and considered as among the continent’s top three artists alongside Wizkid and Davido. The Port Harcourt born singer turned 31 years old on the 2nd Of July, and as expected, was celebrated by family members, close friends and management team.
He is currently being managed by his mother, Bose Ogulu. He shuttles his time between Lagos and London, where his girlfriend resides. Burna Boy is romantic with UK female artist Stefflon Don, which began in 2018 and have currently broken up.
He is one of the country’s wealthiest artists, and this is evident by his luxurious lifestyle. He has featured in top magazines like Vogue, British GQ and Evening Standard. He is a football enthusiast and supports the English club, Manchester United. He is a brand ambassador of Pepsi, Nigerian Breweries PLC and tech company, Chipper Cash.
- Nominated at The Headies for Next Rated in 2013.
- Best R&B Single Nominee at the Headies 2014.
- Nominated L.I.F.E. at the Headies as the Best R&B/Pop Album in 2014.
- He was Hip Hop World Revelation of the Year nominee at the Headies 2014.
- L.I.F.E. was nominated for the Album of the Year at the Headies 2014.
- Nigeria Entertainment Awards nominated him for the Best Pop Artist of the Year in 2015.
- Best New Act of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2013.
- South Music Awards named his song “Like to Party” as Best Pop in 2013.
- MTV Africa Music Awards honoured him as the Best New Act in 2014.
- L.I.F.E. was named Best Album of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2015.
- He was nominated for YouTube artist on the rise in 2018.
- ‘Ye’ was named as Listener’s Choice at the Soundcity M.V.P. Awards Festival in 2019.
- At the Soundcity M.V.P. Awards Festival, Ye was named the Song of the Year in 2019.
- He was named Best Male M.V.P. at the Soundcity M.V.P. Awards Festival in 2019.
- African Artiste of the Year at the Soundcity M.V.P. Awards Festival in 2019.
- Best International Act at the B.E.T. Awards 2019.
- Apple Music Up Next Artist in July 2019.
Burna Boy‘s successful career in the music industry has given him the opportunity to earn a fortune through brand partnership deals and performance at gigs. His net worth estimated to be worth US$20 million to US$25 million.