Life lessons from Burna Boy

Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu professionally known as Burna Boy is a Nigerian singer and songwriter well known for his Afrobeat, R & B, etc.

He describes his music as Afro-fusion, a genre of music that combines Afrobeat, dancehall riddims, reggae, American rap, and R & B.

He was born on 2 July 1991 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, which is the same zone Nigerian prestigious musician Duncan Mighty originates from.

Though we’ve had many Nigerian celebs with a rough beginning and from average or poor families, Burna Boy is one of the Nigerian artists born with a silver spoon.

He spent most of his summer vacations in the UK before moving back to Port Harcourt for his education.

Wouldn’t you want to learn from the Grammy Boy? We’ve got for you some inspiring things about him you can learn from.

Inspiring Life Lessons from Burna Boy’s Music Career

1. Be Unique & Consistent

Burna Boy is a replica of the Afrobeats king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

He is known for his consistency in Afrobeat and also for maintaining a certain pace and this makes his work unique.

The truth is, with his style of music, there are little or no artistes in Nigeria doing his style and he has made his mark with this uniqueness.

In one of Burna Boy’s Quotes about life, he said: “For me, every project is different, and it serves a different purpose.” – Burna Boy

As Burna Boy’s fans know when to await a new release and when he does, it is always going to be the talk of the town.

2. Be Passionate

Unlike other artists (no artiste in particular), Burna Boy chooses not to talk about love, relationships or money.

Not that it’s totally bad, rather, he took Afrobeat to a different level entirely. He takes us through that journey that tells a story, or pictures an event or solves a problem that he’s passionate about.

3. Aim High

In continuation of being passionate, passion also makes you aim for the best even when your resources cannot afford the best.

Burna Boy did not work around local awards; he was actually nominated for the Grammy award ahead of every other notable musical artist.

Though he lost the award to legendary, Angelique Kidjo, his style of music is already known as international.

In one of his songs titled “Dangote”, he helps everyone see through the binoculars of possibilty and aim even higher. Passion helps to restore dying faith.

Limiting ones’ self within a scope kills the zeal of being better. In every walks of life, aiming high should be the goal.

4. Communicate

Scholars define communication as perceived meaning equal to the intended meaning. Burna Boy’s songs always have messages to pass across to listeners.

Although every artist will claim to be doing this, Burna Boy sends a rich and timely message to his listeners.

In his song “African Giant”, he addressed issues plaguing the country and reaching out to the government.

Though he’s not the first to sing in such capacity, he is the only one to receive such recognition. Whatever you do, find a medium to communicate deeply with your audience.

5. Set a Template

That Burna Boy was nominated at the Grammys award has put a lot of Nigerian artist on their toes.

Every one of them probably never thought of reaching that height, now, they see it as a possible height to attain. All thanks to our artist, Burna Boy who opened doors for other Nigerian.

6. Make an Impact

No one will talk about music in Nigeria and its impact on society without making mention of Burna Boy.

He is a star and a star of impact at that. He used his style of music to draw people back home – their origin. He did that and won recognition at the international level.

7. Productivity

Life is about productivity; you either produce less, more or below expectations. Whichever way it is, you are producing

Burna Boy came into the music industry and his productivity in just a space of 5 years has been outstanding and astonishing.

It is evident that he loves what he does, that’s why we can talk about his productivity.

Note that a man can produce below expectation, Burna Boy didn’t see that as an option at all. Great productivity contributed immensely to Burna Boy’s Net Worth, no doubt.

He worked hard and part of the produce of his hard work was his nomination for the Grammy award, his awards at the Soundcity MVP Awards Festival, etc.

There’s a difference between being busy and being productive. In whatever you do, just make sure you are being productive, more of course.

8. Be Factual

This can as well mean “be real” – originality. Burna Boy is known for his lyrical facts.

He presents fact about the society in his work, even in his collaborative track with DJDS “Steel and Copper”.

There’s nothing as real as fact. You don’t have to imagine the unseen or impossibility, it’s simply a fact.

9. Visualize It, Achieve It

In one of the inspirational life lessons from Lionel Messi, being goal-oriented, staying focused, and dedicated to your cause is key.

Being focused has to do with sight or vision. Burna Boy has his vision and remain focused on it, hopefully till it is achieved.

Attaining a meaningful height in ones’ career has to do with vision and vision and lastly vision. Vision helps to keep you focused al through.

10. Praise Yourself

Though most artist do not see into this, but trust me, a man’s ego needs to be praised sometimes.

This is evident in one of his saying that he is the rave of the moment who sings well to the beat while challenging his audience to find out from his producer.

Doing this helps to boost ones’ morale to work. If no man will praise, praise yourself.

There you go, life lessons from Burna Boy’s life and music career.

Did you find a thing or two inspiring, that you can apply on your way to achieving your dreams? Let’s have your thoughts in the comment box below.

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