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Nigeria Confers Burna Boy With 'Distinguished Service Star' Award After Historic Grammy Win

Burna Boy: "I have collected honours everywhere in the world, but it feels different when you get it from home."

The Nigerian government has awarded Burna Boy with the Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS) title. The award was reportedly conferred in his hometown of Port Harcourt this past weekend. This follows Burna Boy's astounding win at the 63rd Grammy Awards two weeks ago for his critically acclaimed album Twice As Tall. According to reports, the DSSRS is the state's second-highest distinction award and is given in recognition of exceptional service or performance in any field of human endeavour.


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Governor Nyesom Wike reportedly handed over the award to Burna boy, real name Damini Ogulu, with his family and management in attendance, this according to the Daily Nigerian. In addition to the award title, Burna Boy will be gifted a plot of land as well as funds to build a house on the land. Wike stated that the award was a token of gratitude and hoped that it would serve as an encouragement to River State for its people to strive to get to Burna Boy's level. The bar has, admittedly, been set very high though Burna Boy was humble in his response to the award:

"I have collected honours everywhere in the world, but it feels different when you get it from home. This is my most humble moment and I thank each and every one of you. I thank the best Governor I have ever experienced. I don't like politics and politicians but my Governor has shown me that there is hope for the youths and there is hope for us. This award is not only for me but for all of you and the future Burna Boys. I love you Port Harcourt, everywhere I go, I carry you with me''

According to Music in Africa, the conferral happened during Burna Boy's homecoming concert in honour of his grammy win and was well attended by his hometown fans. His fellow Port Harcourt musicians including Duncan Mighty and Timaya also performed in his honour and reportedly received monetary honorariums from the governor.

Burna Boy won the "Best Global Music Album" Grammy for Twice as Tall after performing an amazing 20 minute rendition of four of his hit singles. He beat out Brazilian-American pop singer Bebel Gilberto, British-Indian sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar, Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas and Tuareg collective Tinariwen who won in 2012 for their album Tassili.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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