Daniel Etiese Benson (born 14 May 1997), known professionally as Bnxn (pronounced as Benson) and formerly known as Buju,[1][2] is a Nigerian Afro-fusion singer, songwriter and record producer.[3]

Bnxn
Birth nameDaniel Etiese Benson
Also known asBuju, Bujutoyourears, BNXN
Born (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 26)
Lagos, Nigeria
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2018–present
Labels

Early life edit

Daniel Etiese Benson was born in Lagos. He hails from Akwa Ibom state. He grew up in Gbagada with his family, relocating to Ogun State. Benson was introduced to Afropop through artists such as 2Baba as a child, and credits Burna Boy as his inspiration for becoming a musical artist.[4]

Career edit

Bnxn released the extended play project Sorry I'm Late on 27 October 2021, under the management of T.Y.E/EMPIRE. It featured guest appearances from Nigerian Highlife music duo, The Cavemen, and production from Steph, Perlz, Denzl, Timi Jay and Rexxie. It was mixed and mastered by Vtek and Poppil.[5] Motolani Alake of Pulse Nigeria said that it "projects confidence, wins and 'comfort".[6][7][8] Buju performed his first show in London on 30 November, marking the beginning of his Sorry I'm Late tour.[9]

On 22 December 2021, Buju headlined his first sold-out concert,[10][11] which was also his debut concert in Lagos.[12] held at Balmoral Convection centre, Lagos.[13]

In 2022, Buju officially changed his name to BNXN to avoid confusion for being mistaken with Buju Banton and having more unique branding.[14] In March 2022, he collaborated with Pheelz on the single "Finesse";[15] the song peaked at number 52 on the UK's Official Singles Chart.[16] In July 2022, he featured on the Jae5 song "Propeller" alongside British rapper Dave.[17] The song became Bnxn's first Top 40 single in the United Kingdom, entering the chart at number 38.[18]

On 4 September 2022, Bnxn won The Headies 2022 Next Rated award which was held on Sunday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.[19]

In October 2023, Bnxn released his debut album, Sincerely Benson. The album featured appearances by a variety of artists including Headie One and Popcaan.[20]

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

Extended plays edit

Singles edit

Year Title Reference
2018 "Catch a Vibe"
"Wahala"
2019 "Energy"
"Commander"
"Spiritual" (featuring Zlatan) [23]
"L'enu"
"Ohema & TMXO"
2020 "So Lovely"
"Lenu Remix" (featuring Burna Boy) [24]
2021 "Outside" [25]
"Testimony"
"Italy" (featuring Blaq Diamond)
2022 Kenkele (featuring Wande Coal) [26]

As featured artist edit

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NG
[27]
US
Global

[28]
UK
[29]
UK
R&B

[30]
UK
Afrobeats

[31]
ZA
[32]
"Feeling"
(Ladipoe featuring Buju)
2021 Providence
"Bling"
(Blaqbonez featuring Amaarae and Buju)
Sex Over Love
"Alubarika"[33]
(Zlatan featuring Buju)
Non-album singles
"Confident"
(Savage featuring Buju)
"Mood"[34]
(Wizkid featuring Buju)
Made in Lagos
"Your Body"[35]
(Basketmouth featuring Buju)
Non-album singles
"Times Two"[36]
(Wani featuring Buju)
"Cold Outside"
(Timaya featuring Buju)
"Sweet Daddy" (Remix)
(Dai Verse featuring Buju)
2022
"Saloo" (Remix)
(Kashcoming featuring Buju)
"Hustle"
(Reminisce featuring Buju and D Smoke)
"Finesse"
(Pheelz featuring Buju)
1 131 52 28 1 31
"Propeller"
(Jae5 featuring Dave and Bnxn)
"Ocean"
(B Young featuring Bnxn)
"Pray 2 The East"
(M Huncho featuring Bnxn fka Buju)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations edit

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2019 The Headies 2020 Rookie Himself Nominated [38]
2020 City People Entertainment Awards Revelation of the Year Himself Won [39]
2021 AFRIMMA African Fan Favourite "Outside" [A] Nominated
AFRIMMA Best Artist or Duo Group Ladipoe featuring Buju – "Feeling" [A] Nominated
AFRIMMA Best African Rapper or Lyricist Ladipoe featuring Buju – "Feeling"[A] Nominated [40]
AFRIMMA Best Promising Artiste "Outside" [A] Nominated [41]
AFRIMMA Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Hip Hop Blaqbonez – "Bling" featuring Amaarae and Buju) [A] Nominated
2022 Grammy Awards Best Global Music Album Made in Lagos Deluxe Edition by Wizkid Nominated [42]
The Headies 2022 Next Rated Himself Won [43]
Best Rap Single "Feelings" – Ladipoe feat. Bnxn Won [44]
2023 Soundcity MVP Awards Best Collaboration Finesse Won [45]

References edit

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  2. ^ Edeme, Victoria (18 February 2021). "Singer Buju changes stage name to 'BNXN'". The Punch. The Punch Newspaper. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
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  39. ^ Reporter (7 December 2020). "WINNERS EMERGE AT 2020 CITY PEOPLE MUSIC AWARDS [FULL LIST]". City People Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2021.
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