Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has described Grammy award-winning Afro-fusion artiste, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, as the pride of the state.
Wike stated this Saturday when Burna Boy, his parents and management team paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor said the state is proud of the artist for the rare distinction of becoming a winner of the prestigious Grammy award.
“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,” he said.
Governor 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 erupted in joy.
“You’ve done us proud and we owe you a duty to show you, love. Wherever you are, your people appreciate you,” he said.
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 fifth album, Twice As Tall, at the 63rd Grammy Awards.
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