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Entertainment of Wednesday, 18 January 2023


Why I insisted to be addressed by my father’s name - Burna Boy’s mother reveals

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Bose Ogulu, the mother of popular Nigerian singer, Burna Boy, has disclosed why she chose to add her father’s first name to her surname.

Bose, who is also her son’s manager, revealed this at a dinner at Freedom Park on Lagos Island on Monday, January 16, to commemorate media, art, and culture executive Jahman Anikulapo’s 60th birthday.

According to her, she added her father’s first name to her surname because she did not want to be confused with another Idonije.

She went to the event with her husband, Samuel, and her father, Benson Idonije.

While introducing Bose, the co-host of the dinner, Pamela Udoka, who was her senior in secondary school, begged her husband to allow her to be referred to as Bose Benson-Idonije, explaining that Bose didn’t like being addressed as Bose Idonije but insisted on adding her father’s first name to her surname back in secondary school.

Later, Bose explained that she insisted people called her Bose Benson-Idonije before she got married because she didn’t want to be mistaken for another Idonije.