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It seems as if Burna Boy‘s music success happened overnight. He took home the Best International Act Award at the 2019 BET Awards, won his first Grammy in 2021 and in April of this year went on to become the first Nigerian artist to sell out New York’s Madison Square Garden. 

Burna, born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, has accomplished quite a lot and is paving the way for other artists who make Afrobeats music. In his recent Billboard cover story, the 30-year-old international superstar opened up about his “mission to bring his passion for his homeland to the world’s biggest stages.” To ABC Audio at the 2022 BillBoard Music Awards, Burna emphasized his desire to blaze trails for other Nigerian artists. 

When asked his thoughts on paving the way for those who may come after him, Burna said it’s “most definitely the mission.”

He says that he “hopes for the best and prepares for the worst” while on his musical journey. Keeping in mind his massive impact, he reminds himself to “just keep going and never stop,” noting, “that’s just what I do.”

Answering questions on the carpet prior to his showstopping first BBMA performance, the “Ye” singer wasn’t shy at showing himself some love. When asked why he’s been so popular recently, he flaunted a bit and said, “I mean, look at me … You see the reason.”

The gloating lasted for just a few seconds before Burna returned to his humble personality. “Basically, it’s just spiritual,” he said. “Really, I carry the spirits with me and it just kind of, transcends … so yeah, it’s a blessing.” 

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