2023 Election: Burna Boy defends himself against political critic
Artist claims to have contributed more to Nigeria than all three presidential candidates combined.
Nigerian artist Burna Boy has responded to a critic who called out his lack of political engagement in the 2023 general election.
After the critic rebuked Burna Boy for not speaking out on the race, the Grammy award winner clarified that he didn’t support any of the three leading candidates. However, the critic continued to attack Burna Boy’s stance.
In response, Burna Boy slid into the critic’s DM and blasted him for attacking his political stance. The artist known as the self-proclaimed African giant defended himself by saying that only a few of his songs actually address political topics, and they barely made him any money.
Burna Boy went on to claim that he has positively contributed more to Nigeria than all three presidential candidates combined, and that neither he nor his parents have ever taken a kobo from the government for any reason. The artist stated that he is more than qualified to tell critics to shut up when they don’t know what they are talking about.
The exchange between Burna Boy and the critic highlights the ongoing conversation about the role of artists in politics and how they should use their platform to engage with social and political issues. Burna Boy’s response also emphasizes the importance of understanding an artist’s full body of work and contributions before making assumptions about their political views and actions.
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