Why Burna Boy Wasn’t On Stage To Personally Receive His BET Award

Burna Boy added another feather to his colourful cap courtesy of a ‘Best International Act’ award win at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday.

The award caps an impressive run by Burna since 2018, following the wide acceptance of his musical style across the world.

Burna Boy added another feather to his colourful cap courtesy of a ‘Best International Act’ award win at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday. But the singer, real name Damini Ogulu, was conspicuously missing when his name was called as the winner at the packed Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

He had beaten compatriots Teni The Entertainer and Mr Eazi, as well as other international acts such as AKA, Giggs, Aya Nakamura, Dave and Dosseh to the coveted award.

Burna’s ever vibrant mother, Bose Ogulu, who also doubles as his manager, promptly climbed the stage to receive the award from American singer Ne-yo on her son’s behalf. The singer’s mother went on to deliver a short but potent speech, in which she encouraged black people in diaspora to embrace their African roots. She also indicated that her son had been in the hall minutes before he was announced as the winner, joking about how he probably is the most “restless” person she knows.

It was not the first time Burna Boy’s mother would receive an award on his behalf, and an acquaintance who seemed to have taken notice pointed the fact out to the singer in a Twitter banter.

“Big up @burnaboy – How many awards your Mom gonna collect for you lol,” the acquaintance jested, to which Burna explained that he had only just stepped out to get himself a drink before the ‘Best International Act’ category was called.

The award caps an impressive run by Burna since 2018, following the wide acceptance of his musical style across the world.

Other Nigerian acts to have won the BET ‘Best International Act’ Award are 2baba, D’banj, Davido and Wizkid.

Written by Jacob Akpene

Jacob Akpene is the Editor-in-chief of the Lasgidi Online Brand. He handles the administrative, content creation and the smooth running of the blog.

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