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Grammy Award winner, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has said the future is bright for youths of Rivers State, with Governor Nyesom Wike as the Governor of the State.
Burna Boy has also said he was humbled with the conferment of one of the highest honours in Rivers State by Governor Wike.
The internationally acclaimed music icon was at the weekend, conferred the honour, as ‘Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS)’, which is the second-highest distinction in Rivers State Order.
The award is conferred on individuals in recognition of their exceptional service or performance in any field of human endeavour.
Burna Boy, who was accompanied by his parents, siblings and crew members, expressed profound gratitude to the Government and people of Rivers State for considering him worthy of the award.
He expressed: ‘I have collected honours everywhere in the world. But, it feels different when you get it from home. This is my humblest 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 this my Governor has shown me that there is hope for the youths and there is hope for us.
‘This award is not only for me but for all of you and the future Burna Boys. I love you, Port Harcourt, everywhere I go, I carry you with me’.
Meanwhile, Governor Wike had conferred the honour on him for winning the Best Global Music Album with his Twice As Tall album at the 63rd Grammy Awards, during a grand reception organised by the Rivers State government for him in Port Harcourt.
At the award ceremony, which was attended by people from all walks of life, the governor said the honour was aimed at showing gratitude publicly to indigenes of Rivers State, who have shown outstanding talent with their works above their contemporaries in various endeavours.
The governor described the homecoming reception for the music legend, who hails from Ahoada West Local Government Area of the State, as a joyous moment for the State.
He also announced that the government would allocate him land in the Old Government Residential Area of Port Harcourt and give him money to build a house there.
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