Meet Burna Boy’s Sister: Nissi, An Afrobeats Artist In Her Own Right

by Dyesek Admins

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26-year-old Jehovah-Nissi Ogulu, professionally known as Nissi is a London-based Afrobeats artist, songwriter, and painter. The Port-Harcourt born singer is a younger sister to the award-winning Afrobeats artist, Burna Boy who is widely referred to as the African Giant. 

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Nissi grew in an artistic environment and had her brother to look up to. She revealed how Burna and herself have always been the ones interested in music and their other sibling, Ronami was in love with fashion. Nissi is a Mechanical Engineer who studied Design at Warwick University, UK.

When asked in a recent interview on why certain people did not know about her for a long time, she simply replied, “In many ways, I have kept my artistry separate from his but a true Burna Boy fan ought to have known me before now. My siblings and I are very close.”

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Nissi who started her musical journey at a tender age of five said her musical path was clear from the beginning, “ I started singing when I was nine years old and playing the piano at five…I was influenced firstly by Jazz, Fela”, she said.

Her family is known to have been in the music industry for many years. Their maternal grandfather Benson Idonije, was one-time manager to Afrobeat legend, Fela Anukulapo Kuti and her brother Burna Boy is known for his Afro reggae-dancehall tunes. When asked if she feels any pressure to live up to this lofty standard, she replied, “None at all”.

However, she has managed to separate her music persona and soon-to-be fame from the kind of relationship she has with her famous sibling, “My brother is like my twin, just a few years earlier…Picture the most protective person you know, multiply it by five…he is great. I dig him.”

Her style of music comes across as undeniably unique. With a creatively put together political message of peace it appeals to humanity and nations to pay attention. She describes her music as Soul, Afro-Jazz, and Dance.

About her Movement which she is trying to start called NissiNation, she said, “The movement is about empowering people. I want to see more people who think and act differently in a way that creates a better balance for society. I want to see people be any and everything they want to be especially women, it’s about changing the new narrative, encouraging all to live on their own terms.”

Certainly standing out from our modern generation of female Nigerian artist, Nissi is an artist to watch out for. Nissi just released a recent track “Judi,” which translates as dance or “move your ass” in Yoruba encourages you to relax and let your hair down.

While speaking to Vogue, she shared the inspiration behind the song, “I always prioritize my work and my passions so I find that I never have time to just relax,” she explains over the phone. “‘Judi’ was me saying to myself and others: you’re always chasing after something. Relax, take a minute, exhale. Just dance.”

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