BEVERLY HILLS, May 01, (THEWILL) – Nigerian musician, Burna Boy, says winning the Grammy made him feel like he had broken an oppressive mental cycle of Nigerians who believed they could not achieve certain things.
The “African Giant” crooner disclosed this during an interview with GQ magazine.
THEWILL recalls that Burna Boy won the 2021 Grammys for his album.
In the chat, the self-acclaimed African Giant spoke about the euphoria that marked that moment, at which time a video of him celebrating the win had surfaced and went viral on social media.
“I wasn’t celebrating because of myself. It was almost as if I’ve broken a mental cycle of our people,” the Grammy winner said. “Because our people have been very mentally oppressed to feel like they can’t do certain things and that certain things are unreachable. You are what you think, at the end of the day.”
He also stated that he had become aware of the responsibility, sacrifices and risks accompanying his position as a socially conscious hitmaker.
He added: “[It is] time to start thinking about ourselves, not what the society said we should be or what our limitations say we should be.
“I’ve come from Port Harcourt, the bottom of the map in Nigeria, and now I’ve become a champion. It may not mean anything to someone else, but to me, and to us, it means more than you can imagine.
“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 for myself.”