“I had to choose between greatness & death to break the mental cycle of our people” – Burna Boy

One of the notable Afrobeat singers in Africa, Burna Boy opens up on why he invested so much effort into becoming a Grammy winner.

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In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Odogwu stated that his determination was getting to that milestone or losing his life.

“Following several collaborations with foreign artistes of African heritage, I just made up my mind that I wanted it all. I wanted to be the greatest. That’s when it hit me really hard that I had to do it. It was that or death,” he affirmed.

Furthermore, Burna Boy noted that he is happier as an individual for helping ‘our people’ see beyond their limitations.

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He added, “I was not celebrating because of myself. It was almost as if I had broken a mental cycle of our people. Our people had been very mentally oppressed to feel like they could not do certain things, and that certain things were unreachable.”

Every day, I realise more that things are bigger than me. I have to think for a lot of people – basically a whole generation – before I think of myself.”

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