Rivers Govt. hosts Grammy awardee, Burna Boy, in Port Harcourt

Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Saturday hosted the Grammy award-winning Afrobeat artiste, Burna Boy, whom he described as pride of the State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the artiste, whose real name Damini Ogulu, visited governor Wike in company of parents, Mr and Mrs Samuel Ogulu, and management team.

The governor said the State is proud of Burna Boy for the rare distinction of becoming a winner of the prestigious Grammy award.

“There is no Rivers person will say he she is not happy with the kind of pride ’ve brought us.

“I am very happy and I tell , whatever think we do to promote , we will continue to do it,’’ he said.

According to him, when news broke Burna Boy was the winner in the Best Global Music Album category with Twice As Tall album, the entire State was elated.

He said: “You’ve done us proud and we owe you a duty to you love. Wherever you are, your appreciate you.’’

The governor urged Burna Boy not to relent in musical endeavour, adding that the state government would continually give him all the necessary support.

Earlier, Burna Boy said he was deeply grateful and incredibly humbled by the reception and honour done to him by the Government of Rivers State.

“I really appreciate being here. This is probably the biggest honour that will be bestowed on me since I was born.

“It is one thing to win the Grammy and to be applauded everywhere else in the world and another thing to be loved in your own and that to me is worth more than anything I get.

“So I appreciate you Governor for taking your time out to do this,’’ he added. (NAN)