BET: Burna Boy says for Black Lives to Matter, Africa Must Matter

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Nigeria's afro-pop music superstar, Burna Boy
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Idowu Sowunmi

A Nigerian Afro superstar, Burna Boy, has won the BET Award for Best International Act for the second time.

Burna Boy 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.

Speaking after the award was presented to him by Naomi Campbell, Burna Boy thanked the organisers and used the opportunity to deliver some kind of homily towards African renaissance.

“Thank you very much, BET.

“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,” he said.

This is Burna Boy’s second consecutive BET Best International Act win. He was nominated alongside Mr. Eazi, AKA, Dave, Giggs, Dosseh and Aya Nakaruma in 2019