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Wike confers award on Burna Boy in heroic welcome

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Burna Boy arrived Rivers State at the weekend to a heroic welcome. He is seen here with Governor Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, top government officials, artists, models and people from all walks of life treated Burna Boy to a grand reception in Port Harcourt at the weekend.

Wike conferred the Grammy award-winning Afrobeat artiste, whose real name is Damini Ogulu with the Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS) award, the second-highest distinction in the state.

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He also recognised other individuals for their exceptional service and performance in their various fields of endeavour.

Governor Wike conferred the honour on Burma Boy, who won the Best Global Music Album with his Twice As Tall collection at the 63rd Grammy Awards during a reception organised by the Rivers State Government in Port Harcourt.

He said the honour was aimed at appreciating indigenes of the state, who show outstanding talent with their works and stand out head and shoulders above others in their endeavours.

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Describing the homecoming reception for Burna Boy, who hails from Ahoada West Council Area Rivers State as a joyous moment, the governor also announced that government would allocate him land in Old Government Residential Area (GRA) Port Harcourt and money to build a house on it.

Wike explained that the ceremony was one of the happiest moments of his life and assured that his administration would not relent in promoting Rivers indigenes who make the state proud in any field of human endeavour.

He also commended Timaya, Duncan Mighty and other artists, who attended the award ceremony in honour of Burna Boy and announced a gift of N10m each to the artists that performed during the concert.

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Responding, Burna Boy, who was accompanied by his parents, siblings and crew, expressed gratitude to the government and Rivers people for considering him worthy of the award.

On his part, Commissioner of Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Tonye Briggs Oniyide, said in the entertainment industry, nomination for any honours platform was an indication that the artist provided value through his creativity and hard work.

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