After receiving the second award in a row at the just ended Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, Nigerian Afrobeat singer, Burna Boy, sent a clear message to all concerning justice for Blacks and racism.
The brutal killing of George Floyd and its uprising has necessitated a global uproar against racism perpetrated against the Black race.
The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter has become a famous mantra in recent times as people, organizations and nations push for systematic reforms and prejudice against people based on their colour and race.
On the back of the foregoing, Burna Boy when speaking after the award was presented to him by Naomi Campbell, thanked the organisers and used the opportunity to deliver a strong message on Africa renaissance:
“Thank you very much, BET.
“Second time and I appreciate it.
“I will like to use this opportunity to say that sometime around 1835, there was admission to turn the nation of Africa into a dominated nation. Now is the time to return and go back to the royalty that we were, because, in order for black lives to matter, Africa must matter,” he said.
Burna Boy edged out other nominees including Innoss’B (DR Congo), Sho Madjozi (South Africa), Stormzy (United Kingdom), Dave (United Kingdom), Ninho (France) and S. Pri Noir (France) to claim the highly coveted award.
This is Burna Boy’s second consecutive BET Best International Act win. He was nominated alongside Mr Eazi, AKA, Dave, Giggs, Dosseh and Aya Nakaruma in 2019.