Veteran Nigerian actor Patrick Doyle has taken a swipe at Afrofusion sensation Burna Boy, asserting that he is undeserving of the label ‘great’ that has been bestowed upon him by fans and critics alike.
In a social media post, Doyle expressed the opinion that Burnaboy should not be credited for recent accomplishments in Nigerian music because the singer hasn’t achieved enough to be labeled as great.
“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.”
“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.
The statement immediately sparked a firestorm on social media, with Burna Boy’s loyal fanbase, known as the ‘Outsiders,’ rushing to the defense of their idol.
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