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Friday, March 19, 2021

Weekend Arena - The Different Shades Of Burna Boy’s Grammy Award...

The agama lizard praises itself with a nod, whenever it falls from a tree. 

So, it will not be out of place to celebrate Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, who clinched the prestigious Grammy a few days ago. I took notice of him in 2012, when his first single, Like to Party was released. 

Uniqueness is an asset in any artistic journey and Burna Boy exhibited it from the onset; he sounded quite distinctive, and obviously met a good producer who polished this attribute with the afro-fusion sound, that has become the watershed of his style today. 

The other reason why this young man deserves all the respect is the painstaking way he has pursued his career. Although he has a great musical background, being the grandson of the famous Benson Idonijie, he did not let his talent becloud the importance of education in that mix.

 He has to his name great schools in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Most of all, the controversies he has been enmeshed in as an artiste are the ones I will call ‘necessary’: calling out South African rapper, AKA for promoting xenophobia on the social media and ‘yabbing’ Nigerian youths for standing aloof, while politicians plunder the nation’s wealth, following reports that the office of the Accountant General had been engulfed in fire.

Although Burna Boy is not the first Nigerian to win a Grammy, like many younger folks have been hyping, his, seems to have dwarfed other previous winners due to the rising influence of social media. For the records, many Nigerians have won the award. Worthy of being mentioned here, beside the Sade Adus and Seals of this world, is Babatunde Olatunji, a talented Nigerian drummer, who was part of Mickey Hart's Planet Drum projects, including the album Planet Drum.

 The album won the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album of 1991, and that was the first time that category was introduced.

Nonetheless, Burna’s victory would naturally go a long way in instilling hope and artistic confidence in other Nigerian artistes. Like Davido tweeted, it is a win for the Nigerian culture sector because after all, what 9ice boasted about a few years ago, has happened to the collective music body in the country. 

Ideally more of such awards will definitely come, and possibly from categories that have broader competitive scope, like Album or Artiste of the Year, beyond the World Music category, our home-bred African artistes seem to have been confined to.

As we celebrate the victory for both Burna Boy and Wiz Kid, it will not be out of place to picture how the typical Nigerian politicians would be seeing this. Anybody who knows the Nigerian political space will understand that every piece of news, good or bad, can be twisted to make a political point.

 In view of this, it will not be out of place for the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to ‘assume’ that the government at the center has achieved so much including winning two Grammy awards at this year’s event, following ‘the planned rehabilitation of the National Arts Theatre, where the Central Bank of Nigeria is leading a consortium of banks to invest billions of naira in the initiative’.

Those who have the ears of the President nko? They would not mind placing ads to congratulate President Buhari for the Grammy haul, with some big-big grammar. You could hear that the victory came due to the ‘massive infrastructural development, especially the rail project and the Second Niger Bridge, which will enhance the movement of Nigerians, especially music artistes, who need such projects to compose Grammy-winning songs.’

For the prophets, who are specialists in ‘political predictions’, it is time for them to recall videos of their 2020 prophecy, where they mentioned that ‘God will celebrate Nigeria on the international stage’.

May be that APC-PDP rivalry could also play out with APC chieftains blaming Goodluck Jonathan’s government of misappropriating funds meant for the Nigerian arts sector, which was why the government could not win any international award like the Grammy. 

On the other hand, Senator Rochas Okorocha could for once wish the reins of governance in Imo State was with him at this time, so could erect befitting statues for Burna Boy and Wiz Kid and possibly rename the streets as Grammy Avenue.

In Nigeria, any ‘rubbish’ is possible, when politics is tucked at the center of the matter.

*Hahahahahahahaha @ Grammy Avenue!


  1. Thank you for making me laugh! Good job

  2. hHHEHEHHEHHEHEHHEH I had a good read, funny enough anything is possible in Nigeria...

  3. Rochas Okorocha the 'statue erector' πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…

  4. Quite and interesting read. I am sure Rochas will wish this award was won in his era. Hehehehehehehehe

  5. 🀣🀣🀣 this is so funny.Oga Ngozi u don finish work oo.This govt is indeed a joke.

  6. Love today's segment. Burna Boy's song/album is the first to win a Grammy in the country dear sir Ngoo. Sade Adu is a British singer and not a Nigerian artiste. Yes she's partly a Nigerian but, she has no business here and we all know this. We're talking about Nigerian musicians doing music in Nigeria and Burna's song/album is the first to win a Grammy in that other.

    Rochas is still busy dancing with Wike.

  7. This is Hilarious.

    @ Grammy avenue

  8. 🀣🀣🀣,I'm suprised Uncle lie hasn't claimed the grammy win for his government yet.

  9. Of course Rochas Okorocha would have jumped at erecting their statue. Side eyes @ Grammy avenue πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€­

  10. Where is Liar Mohammed....hahaha hah
    Oh Rochas, @Grammy Avenue

  11. Lolzzz...Mr. Ngozi just gave oga Rochas an upper cut. Grammy Avenue... ikwakwakwa.
    They would even find a way to infuse the health sector into it. Something like " it's because of the conducive health environment and how well they have managed to contain the covid 19 outbreak that Burna and Whiz were able to compose and record their songs in good health and in extension now winning the Grammy.

  12. This is a lovely piece...Ngozi well written..The truth is if Grammy had told Buhari to nominate musicians for the Best Global Act..He would have nominated Zakky Azay and other Fulani flute players because he is the father of nepotism...Liar Mohammed is adjusting his lying generating cap and charging his lying lips to count this one as part of Buhari's achievements..

    1. ������������������������ Una don finish this gomenti I tell you.

      Ngọzi well done, I enjoyed this well well.

  13. Good write up garnished with enough humour. God bless you bro!

  14. Lmao @Rochas erecting statues gor Burna boy and wizkid

  15. Your write up is simply the best ,Sir NG

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    However, "Abeg Abe Abeg" is burna's first single, not "like to party"..
    Just the same way "Wassup guy" is falz first single..
    We don dey this entertainment industry, no be today oh Lol.. and i could tell they'll go far from the day I heard their first singles.. they never changed style from day one.. they kept to their originality.. not like those wack mc's that started with rap and later turned singers cos they're looking for commercial money, if you ask them why now, they'll claim they're versatile and have many talents..still they still flopped... if I use Skales as example now, they'll say i.have started again.. so lemme just be going..

    Nice piece Bros

    1. You are correct, abeg abeg abeg was his first single, infact, burna boy released two big mixtapes in Port Harcourt before releasing Like to Party in Lagos. Dude has remained true to his style.. Unchanging, instead he gets better. It's a win for the culture. Congrats to burna boy and Wizkid. I see more wins for Nigeria artistes as well, because more International features are coming. And hopefully an afrobeat song gets enough airplay on the International scale to win more Awards.. The era of the internet

  17. Hahah,this i enjoyed somuch.What a humour.

    Thank you Mr Ngozi


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