The Afemai Patriotic Development Association (APDA) a social political organisation, Edo North has celebrated Afrobeats star, Burna Boy, on his recent win at the 63rd Grammy Awards.
It said that Burna Boy, real name Damini Ogulu is the grandson of Benson Idonije, an iconic down to earth Afemai man. The group expressed delight in the Singer’s exploits and urged the government to encourage the younger generation to sharpen their skills in various areas of endeavors, particularly music and entertainment.
According to the association, Benson Idonije worked and retired from the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and head of music at FRCN for many years and later taught at its Training School in Oshodi, Lagos.
“Benson Idonije is a music critic who was for many years, the manager of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and his music band from late 1960s to the 1980s.
“He practically revolutionised Fela’s music and laid the foundation for its wider appeal.
“Burna Boy’s infusion of other music elements such as jazz, reggae, rock and country music, makes his music more appealing to the younger generation and these entertainment skill sets he got from his grandfather, Benson Idonije.
“Music seems to run in the family and his proud granddad has successfully demonstrated by honing Burna Boy’s music skills,” it said.