Burna Boy Makes History Named One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2024

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Gati Jesse

Published on April 18, 2024

Burna Boy, the Nigerian music sensation, has made headlines once more, this time by being named to Time Magazine’s prestigious list of the 100 Most Influential People in 2024.

This extraordinary honor recognizes Burna Boy’s enormous impact on the global music scene, emphasizing his status as a cultural icon and industry leader.

Angelique Kidjo, a multi-Grammy-winning singer and music industry icon, paid a touching homage to Burna Boy, applauding his commitment to promoting the richness and beauty of African music and culture on a global scale.

An artist who embraces his Nigerian origins and draws influence from renowned African performers such as Fela Kuti, has emerged as the industry’s beacon of authenticity and originality.

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Burna Boy’s climb to stardom has been nothing short of meteoric, powered by his distinct blend of Nigerian folk rhythms and contemporary flair. Following in the footsteps of Afrobeats pioneer Fela Kuti, has broken records and defied expectations by becoming the first African singer to sell out a US stadium in 2023 and the first Afrobeats artist to perform at the Grammys in 2024.

More than just a musical force, Burna Boy inspires a new generation of African musicians, demonstrating that authenticity and ethnic pride can cross borders and fascinate listeners throughout the world. His accomplishment provides the path for future generations to embrace their heritage and contribute to the ongoing global phenomenon known as Afrobeats.

Burna Boy

He is joined on Time Magazine’s renowned list by fellow British-Nigerian luminaries Skepta and Damson Idris, highlighting Nigerian talent’s global significance in a variety of industries. These artists work together to rethink views and reshape cultural narratives on a worldwide scale.



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