Rivers Govt. honours Burna Boy with state’s Distinguished Service Star



Grammy Award winner, Damini Ogulu ( Burna Boy) , has been conferred with highest honours in the State.

The award known as “Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State, DSSRS,’’ was conferred on him by Gov. Nyeson Wike.

According to a statement by Wike’s Media Aide, Mr Kelvin Ebiri, the award “ the second highest distinction in Rivers State Order and conferred  on individuals in recognition of their exceptional service/performance in any field of endeavor’’.

The Governor conferred the on the music icon, who won the Best Global Music Album with his “Twice As Tall’’ album at the 63rd Grammy Award.

The state award was conferred on him at a grand reception organised by the state government for him in .

The governor said the was “to show gratitude publicly to indigenes of Rivers State who have shown outstanding talent with their and stand out and shoulders above others in their endeavour’’.

He described the homecoming reception for Burna Boy, who hails from Ahoada West Local Government Area of the State as a joyous moment for the State.

Wike also announced that the government would allocate a plot of land in Old Government Residential Area of and give money for the awardee to build a house .

“Rivers State government will provide a land at Old GRA for Burna Boy.  Not only are we to provide that, we are to give him money to build for himself.

“We are to do that for him let others be encouraged, that if you get to this level, Rivers State government will promote you.

“We are happy with you (Burna Boy), we are happy with your parents for what they have done,’’ Wike said.

Wike also assured that his administration would promote indigenes of the State like Burna Boy and others who made the State proud in any field of endeavour.

He said: “I will do what required as a governor to encourage him (Burna Boy) and his parents and to encourage all artists to know that the time has come when we must look inwards; when we must come home.

“Who would have believed in this world that an Ahoada man will win a Grammy. Who would have believed it? So, you should know that this God’s own state.’’

The governor commended Timaya, Duncan Mighty  and other artistes who graced the award ceremony in of Burna Boy and  announced a gift of N10 million each to all the artists that performed during the concert.

Burna Boy who was accompanied by his parents, siblings and crew, expressed profound gratitude to the Government and people of Rivers for considering him worthy of 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 that is hope for the youths and is hope for us.

“This award is not only for but for all of you and the future Burna Boys. I love you , everywhere I , I carry you with ,’’ he said.

The State Commissioner of Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Tonye-Briggs Oniyide, said that in the entertainment sector, a nomination to any honours platform indicated that the artiste provided value through hard work.

“This on the world stage underscores the of raw talents in state, it underlines to focus on goal.

“To celebrant, I urge you to always remember that Rivers state is your own. Always find time to identify with the development here.

“Come home to join in the task of grooming young talents in the industry. Port Harcourt needs your music academy from where we can raise the Burna Boys of tomorrow,’’ she said. ()