By David Aleke
“It is impossible to make your own luck without the ingredient of hard work” – Matshona Dhliwayo.
Remain calm through thick and thin; hold tightly to your beliefs, knowing time is not the enemy, but the closest ally. This is the life of Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burnaboy. Since he released his debut album, L.I.F.E in 2013, Burnaboy struggled to be amongst the hottest and the celebrated Nigeria artiste. Even with his beautifully unique artistry, he was highly under-appreciated.
The story of this African Giant contains an important lesson for all creative artists. His story reiterates that of the rejected stone which the builders ignored that later became the chief cornerstone. Prior to 2018 before the big success, Burna boy virtually lost in most of the award events he was nominated. He also lost to Sean Tizzle in the next rated category at the 2013 Headies award. During this period, Burna Boy’s career was not in the best form. It was full of up and downs, controversies.
At some point, Burna was banned from entering the U.K on the basis of murder and physical assault charges though it was later dropped the controversies stimulated by the accusation was enough to put behind the limelight. Yet, he managed to absorb all those negative energies and re-emit it in form of positive vibes. He took his time to dig deep, study and master his craft. Now, he is everyone’ s favorite, Now, we can’t put a name to who is greater in the Nigerian pop scene. The same Burna boy that could not beat Sean Tizzle, the same Port-Harcourt boy that was only qualified enough to just be a supporting act while artiste like Wizkid, Davido, D’banj, among others make the headlines for the show. This is the same guy that could not win a Headies or MAMA awards that has become African poster boy, the first Nigerian based Afro-beat singer to be nominated for a Grammy for his own major work. Burna’s journey has taught us that perseverance, hard work, consistency and self –awareness can elevate a man to unprecedented heights.