Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Thousands of fans welcomed the Nigerian Grammy Award winning musician, Burna Boy on Saturday in Port Harcourt to give him a heroic welcome.
Burna Boy was later received at Rivers Government House’s House after a procession round the city.
Speaking during the courtesy visit, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike described Burna Boy (real name Damini Ogulu} as a pride of the State.
Burna Boy was accompanied to the meeting with Wike by his parents and his 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 that will say he or she is not happy with the kind of pride you’ve brought us. I am very happy and I can tell you, whatever you think we can do to promote you, we will continue to do it.”
Governor Wike congratulated Burna Boy for the honour he has done to the people of the state all over the world. He explained that when the news broke that Burna Boy was the winner in the Best Global Music Album category with his Twice As Tall album, the entire State was elated.
“You’ve done us proud and we owe you a duty to show you love. Wherever you are, your people appreciate you. “
The governor urged Burna Boy not to relent in his musical endeavour as the State government will continue to give him all the necessary support he requires.
Earlier, Burna Boy said he was deeply grateful and incredibly humbled to the reception and honour to be conferred on 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 home and that to me is worth more than anything I can get. So I appreciate you, my Governor for taking your time out to do this.”
Burna Boy, won the Best Global Music Album category with his Twice As Tall album at the 63rd Grammy Awards.
The courtesy visit was a prelude to grand reception for the Grammy award winner also organised by the state government.
The reception, which is strictly by invitation tagged “Burna Boy’s Home Coming” will hold later Saturday evening at EUI Event Center, Sani Abacha Road, GRA Port Harcourt