The Nigerian Government has congratulated the country’s music stars Burna Boy and Wizkid over their victories at the 63rd Grammy Awards.
The country’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed in a statement on Monday “described the much-deserved awards as fitting rewards for the persistent hard work of the duo”.
According to the minister, “the awards also represented a global endorsement for the Afrobeat genre of music that has propelled Nigeria’s increasing dominance of the music world.
“The clinching of the prestigious awards by the two music stars would not only spur them to greater heights but would also serve as a source of inspiration for others,” the statement read.
ARISE News had reported, Sunday night that history was made at the 63rd Grammy Awards with Burna Boy, the self-proclaimed ‘African Giant’ taking home the award for the Best Global Music Album.
Wizkid’s collaboration with American superstar Beyoncé and her daughter Blue Ivy on ‘Brown Skin Girl,’ won the award for Best Music Video.
It was the second consecutive time Burna Boy was nominated in the category that celebrates influential music from around the globe.
The category was formerly known as Best World Music Album and has been mostly dominated by Brazilians.
African singers who have won in this category include Angelique Kidjo from Benin Republic, South African Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Soweto Gospel Choir.
By Abel Ejikeme