Burna Boy [Photo: Courtesy]

Nigerian artist Burna Boy is turning heads in the West African nation’s showbiz circles after he declared himself the best artist since Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

"Fact! I always knew I was and I am the best. Everyone you think is the best knows I’m the best since Fela Kuti. But Timaya told me something a long time ago that made me not care about being the best. “The World can do without the Best” the world will still spin regardless," he ranted on February 12.

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Pouring cold water on claims that he was shining on a beaten path courtesy of stars from bygone eras, Burna Boy declared that he was a self-made man artiste.

"Nobody paved shit for me. Everybody dey find them own. I bin out here, if you knew the way they made us look weak by begging and paying the western world to like us you will see that no table was set and I’m the one that brought you the Respect you currently enjoy," tweeted the Grammy-nominated act.

It did not end there, he went on to explain that he was not moved by pretentious admiration and that he will walk his talk, to his own drum beats.

 "The same people that wish you the best to your face are the same people that hope and pray you fail so that they can feel better about themselves. That’s just Life. That’s why compliments mean nothing to me cuz hate, Jealousy and “it should have been me” are sugar-coated by them.”

An unprecedented announcement flared with self- appreciation that bordered on braggadocio and punctuated with a kingly nonchalance that got many of his compatriots by surprise and awakened his debate on his 2020 Grammy loss to Afro-fusion heavy-weight, Angélique Kidjo.

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Though mixed, the reactions painted a picture of how invaluable the African Giant singer is and his contribution to the Nigerian music industry.