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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Why Burna Boy Isn't Getting The Awards And Accolades...

Burna Boy whose real name is Damini Ogulu broke into the Nigerian Music limelight in 2012 with "Like to Party" having previously taken over the Port Harcourt music industry with singles like "Abeg Abeg Abeg" and "Wombolombo" and he has not looked back ever since.
3 Years in the limelight and he is already a household name and although he has dropped countless chart-dropping singles, there is no denying the fact that he has a lower than appropriate number of awards and accolades for it.
 It is rather shocking that Burna Boy's Nigerian Entertainment Award of 2013 Award as Best New Act Of the Year is the only notable award he has won as an artiste despite the glaring evidence of his songs' success and popularity across the continent.
He contentiously lost out at the 2013 Headies to Sean Tizzle for the "Next Rated Category" and most recently MTV Africa's snub of his efforts in their 2015 awards nominations list was one the artiste couldn't stomach anymore and he voiced out his frustrations. More surprising was the fact that these days he seems more of a South African artiste considering the amount of time he spends over there and 80% of his collaborations for sometime now has been with South African artistes. So, if MTV was pro-SA they should have atleast given him a nomination.
He has been nominated in the Best Reggae/Dancehall category at this year's Headies and one cannot securely place a bet on him winning that award this year considering the opposition he faces in that category and considering the fact that acts like Patoranking and Cynthia Morgan have been busy getting to the nigerian "Streets" and solidifying their spots in the nigerian industry with songs, performances and collaborations while Burna Boy has been busy trying to break more into the South African market who nevertheless seem not to be giving him that much recognition. Let's all hope Burna boy re-strategizes, re-evaluates and re-structure his Music offerings and his appeal to the Nigerian audience, also if possible employs the alleged 'man know man' certain artistes use to gain recognition because his kind of music which is uniquely styled deserves more accolades than he gets. He is definitely not one who deserves to be the Nigerian version of "R'Kelly and a Grammy award".


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