Grammy award winning Afrobeat artist, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has been gifted a land in Old GRA, Port Harcourt and money to build by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
Wike also promised to give each Artiste who performed at Burna’s Homecoming Concert in Rivers State, Nigeria N10 million ($24,411) each.
The governor described Burna Boy, as pride of the state.
He made this assertion, on Saturday, when Burna Boy, his parents and management team paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike said the state is proud of the artist for the rare distinction of becoming a winner of the prestigious Grammy award.
He said, “There is no Rivers person that will say he or she is not happy with the kind of pride you’ve brought us. I am very happy and I can tell you, whatever you think we can do to promote you, we will continue to do it.”
Wike congratulated the singer for the honour he has done to the people of the state all over the world, noting that when the news broke that Burna Boy was the winner in the Best Global Music Album category with his Twice As Tall album, the entire state was elated.
“You’ve done us proud and we owe you a duty to show you love. Wherever you are, your people appreciate you.”
He urged Burna Boy not to relent in his musical endeavour as the state government will continue to give him all the necessary support he requires.
Earlier, Burna Boy said he was deeply grateful and incredibly humbled by the reception by the government.
“I really appreciate being here. This is probably the biggest honour that will be bestowed on me since I was born. It is one thing to win the Grammy and to be applauded everywhere else in the world and another thing to be loved in your own home and that to me is worth more than anything I can get. So, I appreciate you my governor for taking your time out to do this.”
Burna Boy won the Best Global Music Album category with his Twice As Tall album at the 63rd Grammy Awards.