The Grammy-winning Nigerian artist, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has recently made headlines by declining a lucrative $5 million offer to perform in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). His reason for turning down this substantial opportunity? Burna Boy’s unwavering commitment to his personal preferences, particularly his desire to smoke marijuana.
The UAE enforces stringent regulations against smoking in public areas, including parks and beaches in Dubai. These restrictions extend to the use of marijuana, making it a no-go zone for Burna Boy, who is known for his openness about his affinity for the substance.
In a candid moment during a rehearsal session with his band, Outsiders, Burna Boy expressed his decision, freestyling, “Just now I turned down Dubai money, 5 million dollars is a small thing because I don’t like going to places where they won’t allow me to smoke my weed.” This spontaneous declaration has garnered attention on social media platforms.
Burna Boy’s choice to prioritize his personal values and freedom of expression over a substantial financial offer underlines his commitment to staying true to himself. It’s a decision that not only reflects his artistic integrity but also highlights the importance of artists being able to express themselves authentically, even in the face of significant opportunities.
“Hustle make you go fall off like Brymo” — Burna Boy 👀 👀 pic.twitter.com/XGnCojYMPc— WeTalkSound (WTS) (@wetalksound) October 31, 2023