Burna Boy is the first Nigerian musician with a silver certification in the UK

Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, 29, known professionally as Burna Boy, Nigerian singer and songwriter, has become the first Nigerian artist with a certified silver album, “African Giant” in the UK. He rose to prominence in 2012 after releasing "Like to Party", the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013), and some years later, his third studio album Outside marked his major-label debut.


“Shouts to my brudda Stormzy and love to everyone that supports us. Go stream `REAL LIFE’ now”, his Instagram page @burnaboygram announced, making his fans excited and sending them love.

Burna Boy. Image credit Zero

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that a silver certification in the UK means an album has sold 60, 000 copies. Unsurprisingly, in 2019, he won Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards and was announced as an Apple Music Up Next artist. His fourth studio album African Giant was released in July 2019 and it won Album of the Year at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards and was nominated for Best World Music Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.


NAN also reports that this came after news that ‘Own It’ by Stormzy featuring Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran, has 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.

He had accepted a gold plaque for his 2018 single “On The Low’’, a recognition that he sold 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 now a multi-awarding Nigerian Afro-Pop singer, whose sound was inspired by Nigerian legend Fela Kuti. The artist immense contribution to the entertainment industry coupled with his numerous songs has made him outstanding.

Burna Boy unveils "Wonderful", first single from upcoming album. Image credit PAM – Pan African Music

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