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Burna Boy's 'African Giant' Album Certified Silver in the UK

Burna Boy's 'African Giant' Album Certified Silver in the UK

Over a year after its release, Burna Boy's 'African Giant' album continues to receive the international recognition it deserves.

Burna Boy continues to reach new heights with his Grammy-nominated album African GiantAfrican Giant. Released last year, the album has recently been certified silver in the UK after selling the equivalent of 60 000 copies. The news comes after the Nigerian superstar's "Be Honest" collaboration featuring Jorja Smith was certified platinum in France in addition to "On the Low" having been certified gold earlier this year.

It's another win for the Afro-fusion project that single-handedly catapulted Burna Boy into the international spotlight and had all eyes on him––and rightly so. And while African Giant continues to collect additional accolades a year after its release, Burna is already onto the next epic project.

He recently released his Twice As Tall album which features a plethora of talent including Coldplay's Chris Martin, Naughty by Nature, Stormzy and Sauti Sol. Executive produced by Sean "Diddy" Combs and Mama Burna (Bosede Ogulu), the 15-track album sees Burna Boy firmly cementing his place as an Afro-fusion artist, a genre he says he created.

READ: Here Are All the Samples In Burna Boy's 'Twice As Tall'

Burna recently appeared on Hot 97's Ebro In The Morning where he spoke about his latest album, the creative process behind it and how he feels his music is distinctly different from that of veteran Afrobeat musician and pioneer, Fela Kuti. Watch the full interview here.

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The Year Is 2020 & the Future of Nigeria Is the Youth

We discuss the strength in resolve of Nigeria's youth, their use of social media to speak up, and the young digital platforms circumventing the legacy media propaganda machine. We also get first-hand accounts from young creatives on being extorted by SARS and why they believe the protests are so important.

In the midst of a pandemic-rife 2020, the voices of African youth have gotten louder in demand for a better present and future. From structural reforms, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, and derelict states of public service, the youths have amplified their voices via the internet and social media, to cohesively express grievances that would hitherto have been quelled at a whisper.

Nigerian youth have used the internet and social media to create and sustain a loud voice for themselves. The expression of frustration and the calls for change may have started online, but it's having a profound effect on the lives of every Nigerian with each passing day. What started as the twitter hashtag #EndSARS has grown into a nationwide youth revolution led by the people.

Even after the government supposedly disbanded the SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad) unit on the 10th of October, young Nigerians have not relented in their demands for better policing. The lack of trust for government promises has kept the youth protesting on the streets and online.

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