Patrick Doyle, a veteran Nollywood actor, has recently criticized the achievement of Burna Boy, a Nigerian Grammy award-winning singer, in the music industry. In a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Burna Boy stated that most Nigerian artists create music “without substance”.
Patrick Doyle took to his Facebook page to share his thoughts on Burna Boy’s recent accomplishments. He underscored the significance of adequately acknowledging the pioneers who paved the way and made it possible for emerging artists, such as Burna Boy, to achieve success seemingly effortlessly. Patrick believes that Burna Boy has not achieved anything extraordinary on his own. Instead, he and his contemporaries have benefited from the hard work of pioneering figures who preceded them. The actor emphasized the importance of humility and showing respect towards the diligent and innovative forerunners who paved the way for the current generation. Patrick mentioned notable artists such as Sunny Ade, Fela Anikulapo, Majek Fashek, I.K. Dairo, and others who laid the foundation from the 1960s to the 2000s. He highlighted that greatness and exceptional achievements are not isolated occurrences.
Patrick offered guidance to his followers, encouraging them to cultivate a humble and approachable demeanour rather than one characterized by arrogance and hostility. He wrote,
“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.
“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 SunnyAde, 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.”