In a historic moment for African music, Grammy award-winning Nigerian singer Burna Boy became the first African artist to perform at the UEFA Champions League final. The event took place at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, where Burna Boy delivered an electrifying performance that thrilled football fans worldwide.
The singer, whose real name is Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, took to the stage just moments before the kick-off of the highly anticipated match between Inter Milan and Manchester City. His performance was lauded by fans and critics alike, further cementing his status as a global superstar.
However, Burna Boy’s appearance at the UEFA Champions League final was not without controversy. The singer, a self-proclaimed Manchester United fan, openly expressed his preference for Manchester United to win the Champions League over Manchester City. His comments sparked a flurry of reactions on social media, with some fans applauding his loyalty to his favorite team, while others criticized him for his bias.
This was most amazing thing, even though I honestly didn’t want City to win for sentimental reasons, it’s okay.
It is amazing performing at the UCL final.
In addition to his performance, Burna Boy also made headlines for gifting his chain to football legend Thierry Henry at the final. The gesture was well-received by Henry and fans alike, further highlighting Burna Boy’s affinity for football and his respect for the sport’s legends.
A special tribute from Burna Boy to Gambo pic.twitter.com/ZzKP52KnJ2
— 🐬 @𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗷𝗼𝗯𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗯𝗼𝘆 (@OneJoblessBoy) June 10, 2023
My favorite part 😂😂. Dey said give us something but not ON THE LOW. These legends already mastered ON THE LOW😂.
— Oluwa Sheyi Funmi (@AimoasikoSY) June 11, 2023
Burna Boy’s performance at the UEFA Champions League final is a significant milestone for African music, demonstrating its growing influence and reach on the global stage. It also underscores Burna Boy’s status as one of Africa’s leading musical ambassadors, capable of captivating audiences beyond the continent’s borders.
Despite the controversy surrounding his preference for Manchester United, Burna Boy’s performance at the UEFA Champions League final is a testament to his talent and charisma. His ability to command the stage and captivate a global audience is a testament to his status as a global superstar.
Burna Boy’s performance at the UEFA Champions League final is a significant milestone for African music and a testament to his talent and charisma. Despite the controversy surrounding his preference for Manchester United, his ability to command the stage and captivate a global audience underscores his status as a global superstar.