Burna Boy named in TIME’s Most Influential People of 2024

Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has gotten his name engraved in the history books with his latest achievement.

The self-acclaimed ‘African Giant’ has been included in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2024.

Burna Boy named in TIME’s Most Influential People of 2024

Legendary Beninese singer and fellow Grammy winner, Angelique Kidjo wrote a tribute to Burna Boy on TIME Magazine’s website.

Kidjo said the Afrobeats superstar played a pivotal role in the global acceptance of African music and is taking over from late Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Anikulapo Kuti

She wrote: “Burna Boy has made that vision [acceptance of African music] a global reality. His music draws from the rich well of Nigerian folk traditions, and he carries the torch lit by Fela Kuti. He is history in the making.”

The Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People recognition honours individuals who have made a significant impact on the world through their art, activism, and cultural influence.

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CorrectNG recalls that Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu was listed among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2023.

In the article, TIME Magazine profiled the former governor of Lagos state as the winner of an election “marred by allegations of intimidation and vote rigging.”

Tinubu was profiled thus; “Winning an election in Africa’s most populous country is no easy feat. But Nigeria’s newly elected President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has had nearly two decades to prepare.

“Called Jagaban, or ‘leader of the warriors’, by his supporters, the now 71-year-old ran in a presidential election for the first time this March.

“His campaign slogan, ‘It’s my turn’, was a nod to his role as a longtime political power broker. Tinubu helped restore the country’s democracy in 1999 after fighting military rule and then served two consecutive terms as governor of Lagos.

“But Tinubu’s win with the ruling All Progressives Congress party came in a fraught election and by a slim margin over Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi.

“It was the first time Nigerian voters contended with a third-party candidate, and many discontented young Nigerians yearning for change pinned their hopes on Obi. Marred by allegations of intimidation and vote rigging, the outcome of the ballot is being challenged in court.

“Tinubu now faces a litany of crises in a fractured nation, including deep-rooted corruption, religious insurgencies, and shortages of cash, fuel, and power in a crumbling economy. But the President-elect seems aware of his inheritance: ‘[Nigeria] is one country and we must build it together,’ he said in his acceptance speech.”