Burna Boy can’t be regarded as great, Sunny Ade, Fela paved the way – Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle

Actor Patrick Doyle has knocked Afro-fusion star Burna Boy over comments made recently by the singer.

In 2019, Burna Boy released an album titled African Giant, declaring himself as a great. His latest album I Told Them was released on August 25, 2023.

In his recent interview with Apple Music, the 32-year-old said many Afrobeat songs have no substance. Many have criticised him over his comment.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Patrick said the Grammy-award-winning artiste has “done nothing by himself that can be remotely described as great.”

The actor named the likes of Sunny Ade, the late Fela Anikulapo and I.K Dairo as people who paved the way for Burna Boy and others.


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“The credit for the feats that appear to be puffing the likes of Burna Boy up have to be properly ascribed to the greats who cleared the thorny paths that have created pathways for his likes to walk through practically effortlessly,” he wrote.

“Burna Boy has not by himself done anything that can be remotely described as great.

“He and his peers are recipients of the labours of heroes past. They need to be humble and respectful of their diligent and truly pioneering predecessors.

“Great artistes like Sunny Ade, Fela Anikulapo, Majek Fashek, I. K. Dairo, and a galaxy of others who paved the way from the 60s, to the 2000s. Greatness and great feats don’t exist in a vacuum.

“Let us not contribute to the creation of an arrogant and obnoxious monster.”