Burna Boy wins International Act award at BET

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Afro-fusion artist, Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy clinched the coveted ‘Best International Act’ award at the BET on Monday.

The 2019 edition of the award which celebrates black people in film, music and arts, was held at the Microsoft Theatre in California.

The BET Award for Best International Act is given to honour the outstanding achievements of international artists every year.

Burna Boy was nominated alongside Mr Eazi and Teni from Nigeria, Giggs (UK), Dosseh (France), Dave (UK), AKA (South Africa) and Aya Nakamura (France).

He joins Wizkid, 2baba, Davido, D’banj and Iceprince as the winners of the award from Nigeria.

The Award was received by his mother, Mrs Bose Ogulu whose acceptance speech moved the audience to a standing ovation.

She said, “Thank you BET, Thank you, Africa, because that’s the constituency for which we got noticed in the first place.

“The message from Burna, I believe will be that every black person should please remember that you were Africans before you became anything else,”

The speech earned her a standing ovation and viral reactions on social media, especially from African-Americans who agreed with her statement.

Hollywood actress, Yvette Nicole-Brown @YNB know Twitter, wrote, “Wisdom from @BurnaBoy’s mother #ForTheCulture at the @BET Awards:
“Remember, you were African before you were anything else. #BurnaBoy”

@KLE1967 said, “I’m happy to hear that. That’s an important message.”

@Edice tweeted, “Mother was deep with that statement! I felt that.”

Mrs Ogulu is also trending on Twitter in Nigeria with the hash tag #MamaBurna.

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Burna boy performed at the Coachella music festival in April this year.