- Burna Boy's grandfather, Benson Idonije, is proud of his grandson' success at the Grammys
- The veteran music critic and former manager of late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who once predicted Burna Boy's win at the Grammys is saying he will win more
- Pa Idonije also advised the Twice as Tall singer on staying at the top and agreed that international collaboration helped Burna Boy win the award
Benson Idonije, who was Burna Boy’s maternal grandfather and a former manager to Afrobeat legendary singer, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, once predicted that his grandson will one day bring home to him a Grammy award after he lost the 2020 Best World Music Album award to Beninoise singer, Angélique Kidjo with her song Celia.
The grandpa from whom Burna Boy cut his teeth for music and Afrobeat is happy that his prediction came true with his grandson's Twice As Tall win at the 2021 Grammy.
In his chat with Vanguard Idonije said his grandson has more chances of winning more Grammy awards as some artistes have won over 20 Grammys. He noted that this is just his grandson's first as more will come. He said the sky is the limit for him.
The proud grandpa who is a renowned music critic said Burna Boy's tremendous talent set him apart from other musicians in Nigeria. He also noted that he believes a lot of Nigerian artistes will bring home more Grammys too as they are talented and with purposeful creativity while stating that many new talents are coming up. He asserted that there is hope for more of them to win the Grammys and gain global recognition.
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The old horse in the music industry agreed that international collaborations helped his grandson win the Grammy and he advised that it should be the to go for Nigerian singers.
"Collaboration with foreign artistes is good and it helps expand the scope of your popularity. But in collaborating, you must be talented and seen to be good, or near-as good as the artiste you are collaborating with."
Frankly speaking, Pa Idonije advised Burna Boy on how to stay atop his game after attaining this new height. He said that to be able to win more awards, the self-acclaimed Odogwu should up his game and sustain the tempo.
Still on Burna Boy, the Nigerian latest Grammy award winner Burna Boy took to Twitter on Saturday, March 20, and spoke on his road to winning the coveted award.
The self-acclaimed African Giant in a long Twitter rant went on to boast of how proud his children will be when they eventually heard of how he came to win the award.
Odogwu as Burna Boy is fondly called said further, in his bid to encourage others, that one only needs to know him/herself and believe no one knows you better than you.
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