Grammy award winning artiste, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, received N10 million (FCFA 14.6 million), alongside other musicians who performed at a homecoming party in Port Harcourt hosted in his honour by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Saturday night. Burna Boy also received other gifts.
Nigerian Afrobeat star, winner of the 63rd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, for the category of ‘Best World Music Album’, Burna Boy, is a native of Rivers, though he has lived most of his life in Lagos State, South West Nigeria, where Yoruba is spoken. On his return to Port Harcourt, the artiste was honoured by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Saturday night. Burna Boy was also given a plot of land to build a house.
In the closing moments of an event where Burna Boy, the governor and most other participants were not wearing face masks in a Covid-19 stricken world, Nyesom Wike said, « Those of you who came to play, whatever you agreed to with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism is none of my business.
« All of you who came today and the people of the Niger Delta who came to perform tonight to showcase your talent, I am very proud of you. You will all go home with 10 million naira (14.6 million FCFA) each, » he added to the applause of the audience.
It would be recalled that at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday, March 14, 2021, two Nigerians, Burna Boy and Wizkid in particular, won some of the coveted trophies. Burna Boy won the Grammy Award for ‘Best World Music Album’ with his 2020 project ‘Twice as Tall’, while Wizkid’s victory came with his collaboration in Beyonce’s ‘Brown Skin Girl’, which won the ‘Best Video Award’.