Nigerian Superstar, Burna Boy has revealed that his idea of African unity was inspired by former Libyan Head of State, Muhammar Gaddafi.
He revealed that his standard of pan-Africanism and African unity follows that of the former military ruler.
A section of the conversation with Guardian UK reads thus:
“In past interviews, Burna Boy regularly raises the idea of pan-Africanism: that unity on the continent is the way for it to thrive. The movement grew up at the end of the colonial era, and saw a collective push to oppose apartheid and resist imperialism.
“It’s hardly a new concept, but it’s rare to hear it discussed by a pop star, so I’m intrigued to find out where he pulls his influences from: is it Fela, Patrice Lumumba, the elected leader of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was murdered in 1961 with help from the Belgian government, or his parents?
“There’s a pause, and then he answers. “Muammar Gaddafi,” he says, leaning into the camera. Wait, what? Seriously? What about the global exportation of terrorism, the four-decade brutal reign in which dissent was squashed, often violently. “How do you know that?”
“Burna shoots back. “Because that was the agenda that was pushed, and that was the news that was pushed in your face?”
In addition, Burna Boy also revealed he has a tattoo of Gaddafi which he unveiled in a conversation with GQ.
The artiste also claimed he did not believe the negative news that surrounded the forty-year rule of the dictator saying all the reports were “agenda that was pushed”.
This means Burna Boy has bypassed activists like the great Fela (a Nigerian himself), Patrice Lumumba and many others to choose Gaddafi.
Gaddafi was a Libyan revolutionary and ‘Brotherly Leader’ of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya between 1977-2011. He is an inspiration to one of the greatest Artistes Africa has today in Burna Boy.