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Davido During His BET Awards Speech: "Come to Africa"

The Nigerian artist won Best International Act at this year's BET Awards, while Black Panther took Best Movie.

Davido took home Best International Act last night at the BET Awards.

The Nigerian singer, who's landed major hits lately with "Fia," "If," and "Fall," took the time during his speech to urge people to come to Africa and to collaborate with African artists.

"I'm telling you guys, y'all come to Africa, eat the food, wear the clothes," he mentioned from the stage. "My continent has been so blessed to influence other cultures. Let's collaborate everybody," he also said.


Before beginning his speech, Davido also payed homage to D'banj, who reportedly just tragically lost his one-year-old son.

"Before I go on, I want to send condolences to my big brother, the actual artiste that paved the way for us to be on this stage, Dbanj my condolences I wish you. You're my brother."

Davido beat out the likes of Tiwa Savage, J Hus, Stormzy, Cassper Nyovest and Fally Ipupa to win the Best International Act award.

Also at the awards, Black Panther took home the Best Movie trophy. Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler thanked Black Twitter for the win.

See both videos below.


Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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