Burna Boy Biography: Age, Wife, Children, Awards & Net Worth

Burna Boy – City Boys

Stage Name Burna Boy
Real Name Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu
Occupation Musician
Date Of Birth/Age 2nd July, 1991 (33 years old)
Gender Male
Height 1.85 m
Weight 185 lbs
Place of Birth Port Harcourt
State of Origin River State
Nationality Nigerian
Marital Status N/A
Education Jubril Martins Secondary School
Known for City Boys

Early Life

Burna Boy, born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu on July 2, 1991, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, emerged as one of the most influential Afro-fusion artists in contemporary African music. Raised in a family with a rich musical heritage, Burna Boy’s grandfather managed iconic Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti’s career. This early exposure laid the foundation for Burna Boy’s deep connection to music.


For his middle and high school education, he attended Corona Secondary School in Agbara, Ogun State. Subsequently, he pursued studies in media technology at the University of Sussex from 2008 to 2009. Later, he furthered his education by studying media communications and culture at Oxford Brookes.

Musical Genesis

Burna Boy’s musical journey began in secondary school, where he formed a rap group. His early interest in music evolved into a passion for creating a unique sound that blended Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae, and R&B. In 2011, he released his debut studio album, “L.I.F.E.,” which featured the hit single “Like to Party” and marked his entry into the Nigerian music scene.

African Giant’s Rise

Burna Boy’s career experienced a significant breakthrough with his 2018 album “Outside.” The album’s success, fueled by singles like “Ye” and “Gbona,” marked Burna Boy as a force to be reckoned with. His critically acclaimed album “African Giant” (2019) further solidified his global standing, earning him a Grammy nomination for Best World Music Album.

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Global Recognition

Burna Boy’s unique sound, characterized by soulful vocals and socially conscious lyrics, resonates globally. His international collaborations, including tracks with Beyoncé on “The Lion King: The Gift” album and a remix of “Jerusalema” with Master KG, propelled him to the forefront of the global music scene. Burna Boy’s collaboration with British artist Stormzy on “Own It” topped the UK charts, emphasizing his international appeal.

Burna Boy
Burna Boy

Grammy Win and Continued Success

In 2020, Burna Boy clinched the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album with “Twice as Tall.” This historic win not only affirmed his musical prowess but also positioned him as a torchbearer for Afro-fusion on the global stage. Burna Boy’s subsequent projects, including the 2021 album “Twice as Tall Deluxe,” have maintained his reputation for musical innovation.

Activism and Social Commentary

Beyond music, The African Giant is known for his outspoken stance on social and political issues. His songs often carry messages addressing inequality, corruption, and the struggles faced by the African youth. Burna Boy sees his role as an artist intertwined with activism, using his platform to advocate for positive change in society.

Wife and Kids

He currently has no wife and kids. While Burna Boy is selective about sharing details of his personal life, his public persona reflects his commitment to authenticity and staying true to his roots. His style, both in fashion and music, reflects a blend of Nigerian culture with global influences. 

Burna Boy
Burna Boy

Net Worth

The African Giant boasts a net worth of $20 million, solidifying his position as the fourth wealthiest musician in Nigeria. His remarkable success in the music industry has contributed to both his popularity and financial prosperity. You can connect with him on Instagram.

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Facts & Stats

Languages: English, Yoruba, Igbo

First song: Wombolombo Something


  1. I Told Them… – 2023
  2. Love, Damini – 2022
  3. African Giant – 2019
  4. Twice as Tall – 2020
  5. L.I.F.E – Leaving an Impact for Eternity – 2013
  6. Outside – 2018
  7. On a Spaceship – 2015
  8. Redemption – 2016
  9. Steel & Copper – 2019, EP

Genre: Afropop, Afrobeats, Nigerian Street Music

The year he started signing: He started signing in 2001

Hit songs: City Boys, Sittin’ On Top Of The World, It’s Plenty, Love, Damini, Tested, Approved & Trusted, Last Last, For My Hand, On The Low, Common Person.