Full Biography of Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (Burna Boy) – Early Life, Career, Net Worth
Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly known as Burna Boy is a Nigerian Afrobeat and reggae-dancehall singer, songwriter, stage performer, and recording artist. He rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party” He is the CEO of Spaceship Entertainment record label, and enjoys both international and local popularity.
In 2020, his album Twice as Tall was nominated at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, making him the first Nigerian with back-to-back nominations at the Grammys. In 2021, he won the award for Best World Music Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
Early Life & Education
Damini Ogulu was born on July 2, 1991 as the first child of the Ogulu grandparents in Ahaoda, Rivers State, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Her father runs a welding company and her mother works as a translator. His grandfather, Benson Idonije used to run Fela Kuti. He is the only child of his parents and the eldest in a family of three siblings consisting of only girls. He comes from a family that values music but is inclined towards education.
Ogulu grew up in southern Nigeria and started making his own beats/music at the age of 10 using FruityLoops introduced to him by his classmates. He attended Corona High School in Agbara. When Burna Boy was in high school, he formed a musical group that performed at concerts and moved to London to continue his education. Burna Boy studied Media Technology at the University of Sussex in the UK from 2008 to 2009. From 2009 to 2010 Burna Boy studied Media and Media Culture at Oxford Brooke University in the UK but he gave up and returned to Nigeria. He practiced for a year with Rhythm 93.7 FM in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in South-South Nigeria, before signing a recording contract with Aristocrat Records and officially launching his professional music career.
In 2010, 19-year-old Ogulu traveled to the south coast of Nigeria, where an acquaintance, producer LeriQ, had a studio. This marked the period when he began to connect with the music of his homeland, having spent most of his youth immersed in American acts such as DMX. He immersed himself in the dancehall and reggae music his father listened to, and discovered his grandfather’s favorite Afrobeat (who was also Fela Kuti’s first manager). As a result of his new discoveries, Burna Boy created a medley of genres that would become his signature.
Burna Boy’s debut studio album L.I.F.E was released on August 12, 2013, following his second mixtape Burn Identity (2011). The album sold 40,000 copies on its first day of release. Aristokrat Records later sold its marketing rights to Uba Pacific for 10 million yen. The previous album release was five singles: “Like to Party”, “Tonight”, “Always Love You”, “Run My Race” and “Yawa Dey”.
Burna Boy Singles
- Shobeedo (Freestyle) a non-album single – 2011.
- Like to Party produced by Leriq in the album L.I.F.E – 2012.
- Tonight produced by Leriq in the album L.I.F.E – 2012.
- Run My Race produced by Leriq in the album L.I.F.E – 2013.
- Yawa Dey produced by Leriq in the album L.I.F.E – 2013.
- Celebrate produced byGospelOnDeBeatz as a non-album single – 2013.
- Won Da Mo (featuring D’banj) produced by DeeVee as a non-album single – 2013.
- Rockstar produced by Leriq as a non-album single – 2014.
- Don Gorgon produced by Spellz as a non-album single – 2014.
- Check and Balance produced by Spellz as a non-album single – 2014.
- The Realest produced by Simba Tagz in the album On a Spaceship – 2015.
- Rizzla produced by J Fem in the album On a Spaceship – 2015.
- Pree Me produced by Leriq in the Redemption EP – 2016.
- Mandem Anthem produced by Fresh as a non-album single – 2016.
- Gba produced by Chopstix as a non-album single – 2017.
- Koni Baje produced by P2J in the album Outside – 2017.
- Rock Your Body produced by Juls in the album Outside – 2018.
- Heaven’s Gate (featuring Lily Allen) produced by Fred Gibson in the album Outside – 2018.
- Sekkle Down (featuring J Hus) produced by Jae5 in the album Outside – 2018.
- Devil in California produced by P2J in the album Outside – 2018.
- Ye produced by Phantom in the album Outside – 2018.
- On the low produced by Kelp in the African Giant album – 2018
- Gbona produced by Kelp in the African Giant album – 2018
- Killin Dem (featuring Zlatan) produced by Kelp in the African Giant album – 2018
- Dangote produced by Kelp in the African Giant album– 2019
- Anybody produced by P2j in the African Giant album – 2019
- Pull Up produced by Kelp in the African Giant album – 2019
- Money Play produced by Mr.kleb non-album single – 2020
- Odogwu Produced by Kelp non-album single – 2020
Burna Boy Albums.
- L.I.F.E – 2013
- On a Spaceship – 2015
- Outside – 2018
- African Giant – 2019
- Twice as tall – 2020
Burna Boy Net worth
Besides being an international music star, Burna Boy also has partnerships with companies like Globacom, Star Lager beer, etc. In addition, tickets to his shows are still on sale, domestically and internationally. So he is expected to have a high net worth. Although many sources have suggested that Burna Boy is worth $10 million, it is reasonable to expect it to be worth more than that. In addition to his ongoing sponsorship deals, Burna Boy sold the O2 Arena in London, and the feat raked in millions of dollars.
Burna Boy’s marketing deal for his 2019 album “African Giants” includes a world tour in which he is set to embark on the second leg. Remember that he has profitable marketing deals with Atlantic Records and Warner Music, both American. Burna Boy is one of Africa’s most popular musicians and has become a global music brand. The net worth of Burna Boy is estimated at over $10 million.