Nigeria News –
By Vanessa Obioha
Nigerian afro-fusion artiste, Burna Young boy, has actually emerged the winner of the BET Award for Best International Act. It is the second successive win for the artiste.
International design Naomi Campbell announced Burna the winner, in a classification that had Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Stormzy (UK), Innoss ‘B (DR Congo), Ninho (France) and S.Pri Noir (France).
At the show which saw artistes like Beyonce and host Amanda Seales talk about the wave of protests surrounding Black Lives Matter, Burna in his acceptance speech provided an extensive message about the continent Africa.
” I will like to use this opportunity to say that sometime around 1835, there was admission to turn the country of Africa into a dominated nation. Now is the time to return and return to the royalty that we were because in order for black lives to matter, Africa needs to matter.”
The message went viral on Twitter with many applauding the artiste for his win and the speech.
Burna and Rema were the only Nigerians who were nominated in the awards. While Burna smiled house with an award, Rema nevertheless lost his category Audience’s Choice: Finest International Act to Zimbabwe’s Sha Sha.
Beyonce took home the HER Award for her tune ‘Brown Skin Girl’07 which included Nigerian artiste Wizkid, Blue Ivy Carter and Saint Jhn. She committed the Humanitarian Award to the protesters and advised them to vote for change.
” I want to commit this award to all of my siblings and sis out there inspiring me, marching out there and defending change. Your voices are being heard and you’re showing to our ancestors that their battles were not fruitless. We have one more thing we need to do to walk in our real power. And that is to vote. I’m motivating you to continue to take action, continue to change and dismantle a racist and unequal system.”
The BET awards commemorates black excellence in music, movie, sports and philanthropy. A repeat of the 20 th edition will be aired on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129) on Monday, June 29 at 7PM (WAT).