Nigerians react as Burna Boy claims he’s best after Fela

Burna Boy missed out on the Grammy Awards but claims he is the best
Burna Boy missed out on the Grammy Awards but claims he is the best

Nigerian singer Burna Boy has claimed he is the ‘best’ musician in the country since Fela Anikulapo Kuti and has paved the way and brought Afrobeat genre to the mainstream in the world.

Burna Boy who lost the 2020 Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album to Angelique Kidjo tweeted his new found acclaim on Wednesday to the derision of many.

His tweet immediately drew comparison with other leading Nigerian musicians like Wizkid, Davido, 2Baba, DBanj, P-Square, etc. Others even made mention of Femi Kuti, son of legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

“FACT! I always knew I was and I am THE BEST. Everyone you think is the best KNOWS I’m BEST since Fela Kuti. But @timayatimaya told me something a long time ago that made me not care about being the best. “The World can do without the Best” the world will still spin regardless,” he tweeted.

Shortly after he tweeted, another user, Jezzy Joseph, questioned his claim. “I mean where the f**k are you when Afrobeat was struggling to hit the mainstream? The BEST paved the way for you. You came In when the table has already been set and here you’re claiming the BEST since Fela.😒”

The ‘Ye’ star replied to the fan by saying no one paved way for him, and he brought all the respect Afrobeat is currently enjoying.

He immediately replied “Lol. NOBODY paved shit for me. Everybody dey find them own. I bin Out here, if you knew the way they made us look weak by begging and paying the western world to like us you will see that no table was set and I’m the one that brought you the Respect you currently enjoy.”

This then drew even more reactions from Twitter users who felt Burna Boy was disrespecting those before him.

After losing the Grammy, Burna Boy joined the list of other home-grown Nigerian singers such as King Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti, who were all nominated in the past but failed to clinch the much-expected award.

It was Burna Boy’s first Grammy nomination and his multiple award-winning African Giant was widely expected to clinch it for him. He has been making headlines since he dropped the album.