Why Buju changed his name to BNXN
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Why Buju changed his name to BNXN

Why Buju changed his name to “BNXN”

Recently, Budding afrofusion Nigerian singer, announced on social media platforms that he would no longer go by his stage name called “Buju“, he would now go by the stage name “BNXN“.

According to him, BNXN is an alternative way of pronouncing “Benson” which is his original name. Buju- his erstwhile stage name, meant “Beauty Underneath Just Understood”.

To complement the name fully, Buju added “TYE” to it, which meant “To your ears”. 

Put together, it means “Beauty Underneath Just Understood To Your Ears”. However, Buju does not go with the stage name “Buju” anymore. He will be going by the stage name “BNXN” and here is why:

Why Buju changed his name to BNXN

Similarity in Identity

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Buju and Buju Banton

Although speculations arise on it, the strongest suggestion is that Buju changed his name to BNXN because there is already a singer bearing the name “Buju Banton” who is infact, more popular and renowned. 

It is only easier and more logical that Buju changed his name to separate it from Buju Banton’s own so as to avoid confusion and mistaken identities. 

Besides, the decision was also most likely borne out of the fact that Buju does not want to stay in the shadows of Buju Banton’s career. Buju Banton is a Jamaican Singer and is regarded as one of the best Jamaican singers of all time. He even has a Grammy Award.

Perhaps another reason for this dissociation from Buju Banton and changing his name to BNXN, is that Buju Banton is an ex-convict who has apparently served jail time in the United States because he was in possession of Marijuana.

He was released in 2018 and deported back to his hometown- Jamaica. And he is also banned from entering the United States ever.

Based on the fact that Buju will want to exalt his music career in the world {especially now that Afrobeats is one of the greatest music exports} and America is the boiling point of music, it only makes sense that Buju changes his name to BNXN.

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Record Label

Buju might have changed his name to BNXN as a result of record label “suggestions“. Currently, Buju, or should we say; BNXN, was signed to Burna Boy’s record label- “On a spaceship”. 

After much deliberations on how his stage name might not be the perfect fit for his Budding music career, they might have tilted Buju towards changing his name to BNXN if, he still wants to remain on the label.

Besides, the greatest assumption lies that the record label might have instilled this decision of Buju changing his name to BNXN considering that he already left his erstwhile label to be with them.

Easily, it passes for a new start on a fresh slate.

Music Career

Why Buju changed his name to BNXN
Buju “BNXN” on Apple Music Cover

You have to agree that Buju, oops…BNXN, has a very futuristic music career, and it is only logical that he changes his stage name now to avoid any future problems which may impact his music career and earnings.

BNXN has a lot of streams on music platforms; with over 1.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify making him one of the Nigerian singers with highest monthly listeners on Spotify.

He is planning to release a new single soon, following the release of the change of his name from Buju to BNXN, and also, he wants to release a new album this year.

In fact, his album is among the top 5 most anticipated 2022 Nigerian albums

Scandal

After Buju announced his change of name from  Buju to BNXN, a tweet came up, with a link, that Buju was changing his name to BNXN because he once assaulted his girlfriend {about two years ago}.

The tweet, which was accompanied with a link providing evidence against Buju- BNXN, showed pictures of Instagram stories gotten from his supposed ex- girlfriend who accused BNXN of beating her mercilessly and exploiting her emotions.

However, this is yet to prove a substantial reason for Buju changing his name to BNXN considering that changing your name does not absolve you of a crime.

Also, the fact that we are just hearing of Buju’s- BNXN supposed scandal, means that the case was not taken up and does not appear to be a problem for BNXN- if there is any case.

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The reasons above, are the strongest suggestions as to why Buju changed his name to BNXN.

☆And they are that: Buju changed his name to BNXN to separate his music career from a similar artist with the same name- Buju Banton

☆Buju changed his name to BNXN because of strong record label suggestions 

☆Or Buju changed his name to BNXN because of a supposed scandal.

However, following his announcement of changing his name to BNXN, different reactions have sparked up from fans about it. Here are some of them:

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Buju- Daniel Benson, who now goes by BNXN, was born on May 19, 1997. His genre of music- of Afrobeats, is referred to as “Afrofusion“.

He is a songwriter, singer and record producer who got very famous after featuring Ladipoe on the song “Feeling” which later on became a hit.

BNXN also gained maximum attention for his refix of “Italy” with Blaq Diamond.

BNXN has also been on a number of respectable collaborations like “Mood” with Wizkid off his “Made in Lagos deluxe album, and “Bling” with Blaqbonez, who recently released a new single- “Commander“.

To date,  BNXN has released only one extended play {EP} titled “Sorry I’m late” Sorry I’m Late is the extended play (EP) project of Nigerian Singer and songwriter BNXN, It was released on October 27, 2021, under the management of T.Y.E/ Empire Records.

It features guest appearances from Nigerian Highlife music duo, The Cavemen, and production from Steph, Perlz, Denzl, Timi Jay and Rexxie. Mixed and mastered by Vtek and Poppil.

Consequently, BNXN embarked on a “Sorry I’m late tour

Buju {BNXN} performed his first show in London on November 30, which marked  the beginning of his “Sorry I’m Late” tour.

On the 22nd of December, 2021, Buju headlined his first sold-out concert tagged ‘Buju: Sorry I am Late’, which is also his debut concert in Lagos. The concert was held at Balmoral Convection centre, Lagos.

The concert had surprise performances from top stars that include Wizkid, Burnaboy, Omah Lay, Zlatan and Zinoleesky.

Buju- BNXN has over 12 personal singles and eight songs as a featured artist.

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Olayiide Bolaji is a writer at The Scoove Africa whose interests span in music and movies. He is also a freelance A&R personel.

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