Nigerian singer and songwriter, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, better known by his stage name, Burna Boy, has become the first artiste from the West African nation with a certified silver album in the UK.
His album, ‘African Giant’, got him the accolade.
Burna Boy announced the feat on his Instagram Page, @burnaboygram, writing: “AFRICAN GIANT SILVER IN THE UK 🇬🇧 & OWN IT X2 PLATINUM.
“Shouts to my brudda Stormzy 🏆 and love to everyone that supports us. Go stream `REAL LIFE’ now.”
A silver certification in the UK means an album has sold 60, 000 copies.
The news comes after the song – ‘Own It’ – by Stormzy featuring Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran got a two-time platinum certification for selling 600,000 copies.
On June 4, it was announced that ‘Be Honest’, the 2019 single by British singer, Jorja Smith featuring Grammy nominee, Burna Boy has been certified platinum in France.
Burna Boy had accepted a gold plaque for his 2018 single “On The Low’’. The gold plaque is for selling 100,000 (or more) copies.
A gold plaque can also be handed to an artist, whose single has been streamed 15 million times in the country, thus 15 million streams of a single in France is equivalent to 100,000 pure sales.
Burna Boy is a multi-awarding Nigerian Afro-Pop singer, whose sound is inspired by Nigerian legend Fela Kuti.
He got his breakthrough in 2012 with his hit single such as to Party off his debut album ‘L.I.F.E’ released in 2013.
Burna Boy in 2017, signed with Bad Habit/Atlantic Records in the U. S. and Warner Music Group internationally.
He released his first major label backed album ‘Outside’ in 2018.
The artist immense contribution in entertainment industry coupled with his numerous songs has made him outstanding.
“I Have Been Making Tangible Effort To Support Nigerians” – Anthony Joshua
Boxing champion ;Anthony Joshua, tells Nigerians the length he is going to see that their voices are heard. Joshua said that he will be sending care packages to Nigerians who have been gravely impacted by the recent protests, and also plans to visit the country after his world title clash against Kubrat Pulev on December 12.
Joshua also said in his tweets: “The situation has escalated, the violence and killings are horrendous. All because of people saying they want to live in peace?
“I pray God opens the gates for the heroes of Nigeria! This was never a trend for me! It’s real life and I want to learn how to make lasting change.
“I’m looking at hospitals to support, along with food and care packages in the time being.”
Anthony Joshua who has Nigerian heritage, shared a video in which he offers aid to hospitals urgently tending to the injured.
“This is a message for my people in Nigeria, even though I’m not there with you in the physical, I’ve been making some tangible effort to support your protest on the ground. I know it’s getting to a stage where things are heating up and tensions are high, but in my prayers at night I’m praying for peace and positivity, cos the people on the ground are trying to be heard for their own benefit and it’s in the benefit of the next generation” he said in the video.
He added that at times, he’s remained silent while learning about issues impacting Nigeria to avoid being misquoted, but that behind the scenes he’s working hard to provide aid and has plans to visit the country soon.
“me myself have had to take time to understand the issues that Nigerians are facing while sometimes I’m silent is because I’ve let my silence can’t be misquoted. “
Talking about what he has been pulling his weight to help Nigerians, Anthony Joshua says distance is not a barrier and he is been pulling his weight to support Nigeria and promises to return to Nigeria as soon as he I’d done competing.
“Me, my family, my close friends have been trying to do some tangible things and organising many camp packages for Nigerians on ground, even now I’m in my training camp in London and we can support you guys from a distance. After competing I’m going to try and make it to Nigeria and meet some my friends and family and meet some of the people trying to make some changes” he said
Anthony Joshua reassures Nigerians that their voices are being heard all over, he also encouraged them to keep pushing because it is for a positive cause.
but for sure from London and far and wide your voices are definitely being heard, so keep on pushing, keep on striving you’ve my support through and through my ears and my eyes are being opened. I understand the issues you guys are facing and for some people who I’m going to do enough and will be enough and some will not be enough but for together we hold hands and push through bad change we will all move forward in a positive direction, so keep on pushing your voices are already heard in my ears and your definitely have my support. God bless”
Dencia Blasts Nigerian Celebrities For Encouraging Protesters, Without Leading The Protest
Reprudencia Sonkey, known professionally as Dencia, is raging as the #ENDSARS protest goes south at Lekki toll gate. Dencia however has put all the blame on Nigerian celebrities claiming they all saw it coming and protected themselves, their friends and families.
In her words,” Now all the rich folks and celebrities are tweeting from the comfort of their homes while the people die. All the internet curses, why don’t you have your parents call their friends who have friends who also have friends in places ?”
The Cameroonian-born singer, entrepreneur and fashion designer said those who encouraged the Nigerian youth to go and protest are not good people and they deliberately set the protesters up for failure and that Nigerian celebrities were pre informed about the move by the military men stating scenarios where military men had been deployed and it did not end well.
“No good to anyone who’s encouraging people to go protest and die, y’all really ain’t good. People are already gone thru it.Y’all start things, set them up for failure, y’all were chilling in ur homes on the day things went left cuz u were all informed it was going down. It’s crazy, once the military is deployed, there’s no negotiations, they do that in America, in France etc.”
The artiste adviced young Nigerians to stop being a follower to celebrities who will chicken out when things do not go as planned and turn out right.
“STOP FOLLOWING THESE RICH FOLKS AND CRACK HEAD CELEBRITIES WHO WILL RUN & hide when things goes bad STOP.”
Dencia also called her friends out, implying they are being double standard, and they hide at the back of their keypads encouraging people all from the comfort of their homes.
“The audacity of my friends talking rubbish on the internet, acting like they care from the comfort of their homes. Y’all are piece of trash.”
The singer completed her rage online by dropping bigger nugget saying; “If you can’t be at the forefront fighting, DON”T ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO, NO ONE SHOULD DIE FOR ANYONE OR ANYTHING BUT THEMSELVES….. WHO IS THE LEADER”
Recently, Dencia came for Tiwa Savage who called on Beyonce and her team to help use their platform to amplify the #ENDSARS movement
“You can’t be quiet on this. The country where you got all the creatives for the Black Is King from is on fire. That country is on fire now“, Tiwa Savage had said in the video”
Dencia had replied Tiwa saying; “Lol because the Nigerian government cares about what Beyonce is saying, the police is listening to Beyonce. She spoke & sang against the 1 in America, what changed”
The cameroonian implied that calling on Beyonce would do Nigeria no good, in her reply to Tiwa, she said that Africans always seek validation from people who cannot come to their aid and rescue.
“ Africans we always seeking unnecessary validation from things & people that can’t help. #EndPoliceBrutality”
I Did Not Take Direct Orders From Governor Sanwoolu- Seyi Tinubu
CEO of LoatsAD media, Seyi Tinubu has again issued a statement to debunk rumours of him taking orders from Sanwoolu to specifically turn off the billboards of LoatsAD.
Few hours ago, Seyi Tinubi, the son of APC national leader and ex-governor of Lagos state released a statement that revealed that they shut down their billboard at the Lekki Toll gate based on the directives and the curfew order put in place by the State governor of Lagos state- Baba-Jide Sanwoolu, however some media organizations have taken this out of context to mean that he switched off the Lekki toll gate billboard on Sanwo-Olu’s order.
”Following our earlier post detailing what transpired at the Lekki toll gate yesterday, we would like to address the sensational headlines making the rounds.
Like every other business in Lagos and in compliance with the curfew issued by the Governor, we told our staff to leave all our sites at 3pm in order for them to adhere to the 4pm curfew issued. All news coverage around that period clearly show the billboard was off before 4pm (we will implore this to be verified).
All we operate is the billboard at this location and we have no control over the street lights or cctv.
When we were approached by the organisers of the protest to help them with power, we gave them unfettered use of our generator and ensured our technical staff was physically present to control the board for their use. And when the events were over he will leave at midnight.
On this occasion we were highly concerned about our staff members who live very far from Victoria Island. On no account will we have turned off our board on the same comrades we worked with throughout the entire period the protests were ongoing at the Tollplaza
Our hearts continue to go out to the victims and families of the tragic turn of events that have taken place. we are really heartbroken at the way things turned out and we pray our land is” healed by God’s grace”
This is the post Seyi TInubu put out and said was taken out of context, hereby, refering to the news of those organizations as fake, and their headlines as sensational, which he felt the need to readdress
”On Tuesday when the curfew was announced we heeded the governor’s warnings and didn’t want our staff in any danger, hence by 3pm our staff had been ordered to leave the site and the board was switched off based on the governor’s curfew request.
We had no idea what was going to happen and we feel the same aguish, pain and shock at the events that unfolded and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and families of this ungodly act.
We believe in this movement and that it was the start of the change our generation needed to move our country forward and we will continue to support the youths of this great nation.”
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