Burna Boy has just won the BET Award for Best International Act. The Nigerian superstar edged out other nominees including Innoss’B (DR Congo), Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Stormzy (United Kingdom), Dave (United Kingdom), Ninho (France) and S.Pri Noir (France) to claim the highly coveted award.
Accepting his award, the African Giant thanked BET and used the opportunity to shine some light on Africa. “Thank you very much, BET,” he said. “Second time and I appreciate it. I will like to use this opportunity to say that sometime around 1835, there was admission to turn the nation of Africa into a dominated nation. Now is the time to return and go back to the royalty that we were because in order for black lives to matter, Africa must matter.”
His acceptance speech has been getting lots of positive reviews on social media.” I hope people think retrospectively and see the TRUTH in that statement and live by it,” one user wrote. “Burna Boy’s speech resonates with me. Naija STAND UP! From the Motherland to the Diaspora,” yet another Twitter user wrote.
This win is the Port Harcourt-born singer’s second consecutive BET: Best International Act win. Last year he was nominated alongside Mr Eazi, AKA, Dave, Giggs, Dosseh and Aya Nakaruma.