Patrick Doyle criticises Burna Boy’s recognition, calls for respect of pioneering predecessors

Renowned Nollywood actor, Patrick Doyle, has expressed his belief that singer Burna Boy’s current acclaim is unwarranted.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Doyle criticised the Grammy-award-winning artist, asserting that Burna Boy has “has not by himself done anything that can be remotely described as great”.

Doyle went on to state that veteran figures such as Sunny Ade, Fela Anikulapo, and I.K Dairo played significant roles in creating a foundation for artists like Burna Boy, who should show reverence for the tireless efforts of their trailblazing forerunners.

His post read, “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 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.”

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