Nigerian celebrities and fans have poured encomium on musician Damini Ogulu, also known as Burna Boy, over his Grammy nomination for his critically acclaimed album, African Giant.
The Grammy is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognise achievements in the music industry globally.
Burna Boy, whose nomination was announced on Wednesday evening, 20 November 2019, sent the internet into frenzy.
The Afro-fusion star was nominated in the ‘Best World Music Album’ category for his highly acclaimed 2019 album, African Giant.
Following the announcement, veterans in the music industry, Femi Kuti and Innocent Idibia, also known as 2baba, congratulated him on social media.
Other colleagues, including Banky W, Wizkid, Davido, Tekno and Olamide congratulated the singer.
Femi Kuti said on Thursday, 21 November 2019, “Congratulations Burna Boy on the Recording Academy nomination. Best wishes and love.’’
2Baba said: “Yes! Bless up, Burna Boy. It was all a dream.’’
BankyW said: “Our African Giant has been nominated for a GRAMMY!!!!!! Congratulations to Burna Boy, his Mom and the entire team. AMAZING, and well deserved.
Anything is possible with a little bit of faith and a lot of hard work. [I am] so happy for him.’’
Another entertainer, Toke Makinwa, said: “Burna Boy keeps breaking boundaries, this is such an exciting one.’’
Singer, Tekno, said: “Congratulations on every level my brother!!! You deserve [to] collect [them].
Fans have also flooded social media with congratulatory messages.
A fan, Ivie Ani, said that Burna Boy deserved this Grammy nomination.
“We saw it coming from a mile away. The Grammys still having a World Music category is still questionable though.”
KenOmojuwa, another fan, said: “I am glad Burna Boy let the greatness come through. It was always there, always apparent. Everyone with an eye for genuine talent could see it. Here we are!”
In January 2019, Burna Boy earned the moniker ‘African Giant’, following a swipe at Coachella for writing his name in small fonts for the event’s promotional posters.
He accused the summer festival of disrespecting him and tagged himself an ‘African Giant’, causing a huge social media debate.
Burna Boy eventually performed at Coachella in April 2019, alongside Mr. Eazi, and subsequently named his album African Giant.
Burna Boy follows in the footsteps of Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti and King Sunny Ade, who had previously been nominated in that category at the Grammy Awards.
Other Nigerian Grammy nominees include Babatune Olatunji, Wizkid, Timaya and Kah Lo.
The only Nigerian to win a Grammy Award remains Sikiru Adepoju.