“Burna Boy Earns Spot on Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2024 List”

By Milcah Tanimu

Nigerian Afro-fusion sensation Burna Boy has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2024, securing a place in the prestigious “icons” section. Renowned Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo penned a heartfelt tribute to Burna Boy, praising his groundbreaking contributions to music and culture.

In her tribute, Kidjo lauded Burna Boy as a trailblazing artist who has captivated the hearts of young Africans with his commitment to showcasing the richness of African folk music. Drawing inspiration from the legendary Fela Kuti, Burna Boy has carved out a unique niche in the music industry with his originality and groove.

Kidjo highlighted Burna Boy’s remarkable achievements, including selling out a U.S. stadium in 2023 and becoming the first Afrobeats artist to perform at the Grammys in 2024. She described him as a history-making figure whose influence extends far beyond the music scene, inspiring a new generation of African youth.

Burna Boy’s global impact has been undeniable since his breakthrough in 2018, with his Grammy-nominated album “African Giant” solidifying his position as one of the world’s biggest musicians. Collaborations with Kidjo and other music icons have further cemented his status as a cultural force to be reckoned with.

As the sole African musician on Time Magazine’s prestigious list, Burna Boy’s inclusion underscores his exceptional talent and enduring influence on the global stage.


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