Burna Boy biography, career, net worth: All you need to know about the ‘African Giant’

Burna Boy biography, career, net worth: All you need to know about the ‘African Giant’

Born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, Burna Boy is a famous Nigerian singer-songwriter and record producer, a superb Nigerian vocalist who has received widespread acclaim throughout his career.

The self acclaimed African Giant has been in the music industry for a long time, with significant success, he has received critical acclaim for his albums and songs.

His first major work, Like to Party, dates back to 2012 and recorded a huge success, establishing his presence in the entertainment scene. The next year, his debut album was released, with Like to Party included as part of the project.

Early Life

Odogwu, as fondly called by his fans, is a very famous and prosperous personality in Nigeria.

Born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, on July 2, 1991, Burna Boy spent the majority of his childhood in Southern Nigeria.
There, he lived with his mother, Bose Ogulu, who now plays the role of a mother and manager to him.

As a language translator, Bose has aided Burna greatly in his profession. His father formerly worked for a welding company.

Ogulu began making music at a young age. He began making music with Fruityloops and was fairly successful.
Soon, he travelled to London to further his studies and learn more about music.

Burna Boy attended Corona High School. After finishing high school, he enrolled at the University of Sussex were he studied media technology.
Soon after, he transferred to Oxford Brookes University to study media communications and culture.

Personal Life

Burna Boy is single and yet to tie the knot.

He was in a public relationship with Stefflon Don, a 28 year old English rapper, singer, and songwriter. They started dating since early 2019.

Their relationship started in Ghana in 2018 when Stefflon Don attended a musical show after missing her flight.
She saw Burna Boy perform, and they later met, and their love story began.

Also, Burna Boy once had a relationship with a British woman named Jo Pearl.
The relationship is believed to have lasted for two years.


Burna Boy has recorded a high success in his music career. He is undoubtedly one of the biggest, if not the biggest artists in Africa as at the moment.

Burna recorded two mixtapes, Burn Notice and Burn Identity, after learning how to make beats with Fruity Loops and signing to Aristokrat Records.

In 2012, he launched the popular song “Like To Party” on this label. The song gained widespread acceptance and in no time catapulted him into the spotlight.

The first track of his debut studio album, LIFE, which was released on August 12, 2013, is called “Like To Party.”
The album also included the number-one hits Run My Race, Yawa Dey, Always Love You, and Tonight.

Burna Boy was nominated for The Headies’ 2013 Next Rated Artiste award. However, he lost the award to his colleague, Sean Tizzle.

At the 2014 Nigerian Entertainment Awards, his debut album L.I.F.E was nominated for Best Album Of The Year.

On A Spaceship

Burna Boy left Aristokrat Records in February 2015. It was exactly two years after he became a music celebrity.
He established his own music label, Spaceship Entertainment.

Oluwa Burna has recorded four other commercially successful albums and music projects as Spaceship.

On A Spaceship, his eagerly awaited second studio album was released on November 25, 2015. The first EP called Redemption was published in September 2016 to go along with the LP.

Burna Boy made a reappearance in January 2018 with the release of his third album, Outside.

The album brought him global recognition with smash singles including Ye, Heaven’s Gate, Rock Your Body, Koni Baje, Sekkle Down, and Streets Of Africa.

The record won Record of the Year at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards.

He was one of a number of African artists selected to work on Beyoncé’s album The Lion King: The Gift in 2019. He penned and recorded the single, Ja Ara E.
In fact, he was the only guest performer to have his own tune on the album.

That same year, Burna Boy became the first Afrobeats musician to sell out Wembley Arena.

He also won four honours at the 2019 Soundcity MVP Honors Festival, including African Artiste Of The Year, Listener’s Choice, and Best Male MVP.

African Giant

His fourth studio album, African Giant, was released on July 26, 2019.
The album recorded commercial success. It features top-charting hits including Anybody, Killin’ Dem, Gbona, On The Low, Dangote, and others.

The album received a nomination for Best World Music Album at the 2020 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Sadly, the Beninese vocalist Angelique Kidjo triumphed over him.

Burna Boy refused to back down, he began producing his fifth studio album, Twice As Tall, in 2020, during the epidemic.

The album was executive produced by American music icon P. Diddy (Sean Combs) and his mother, Bose Ogulu.

The record, which was published on August 14, 2020, won Best World Music Record at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.

This made Burna Boy the first Nigerian musician to receive back-to-back Grammy nominations.

Burna Boy’s single Destiny (from the African Giant album) was put on the playlist at Joe Biden’s inauguration as President of the United States.

This significant milestone led to the increase of Burna Boy net worth.

His song, My Money, My Baby, was featured on the soundtrack CD for the film Queen and Slim.

Net Worth

According to Forbes, Burna Boy net worth is estimated to be $18 million.

He gathered this massive net worth from music album sales, live concerts and tours, and monetized social media platforms.