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Burna Boy’s idea About African unity

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Nigerian superstar, Burna Boy had a conversation with Lanre Bakare of Guardian UK. During the conversation, he revealed that his standard of pan-Africanism and African unity is late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi.

A section of the article reads, “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.

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