Nigeria’s Burna Boy and South Africa’s Sho Madjozi Won Big at the BET Awards

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Burna Boy, Sho Madjozi win at 2019 BET Awards. Photo Credit - AllAfrica.com

OKay Africa reports that the multitalented artists are the music game’s best international acts for this year.

Last night, Nigeria’s Burna Boy and South Africa’s Sho Madjozi came through for the continent as they bagged Best International Act and Best New International Act (fan-voted) respectively at the BET Awards held in Los Angeles, California.

Sho Madjozi’s win was historic for the country as she became the first South African female artist to win a BET award. The visibly emotional “Huku Nambiya” singer-songwriter took to the stage in her signature colorful style to accept her award from American actor, Terrence J. Always a fierce cheerleader for her hometown Limpopo, she spoke about how her humble beginnings did not prevent her from being the superstar she’s always dreamt of. “My story is a testament that you can come from any village, in any forgotten part of the world, and still be a superstar.”

Also repping for the continent was the indomitable Burna Boy. South African rapper AKA, who was also in the running for Best International Act, lost to Burna Boy and definitely left his loyal Megacy in their feels. Bose Ogulu or “Mama Burna”, the artist’s mother and manager, accepted the award on her son’s behalf saying, “Thank you very much BET, thank you Africa. That is the constituency for which we got noticed.” Mama Burna wasn’t done though, she had a word for African-Americans and added that, “The message from Burna would be that every Black person should please remember that you were African before you became anything else.”

Meanwhile, Naij.com reports that Nigerian musician Burna Boy recently clinched a BET Award for himself. In spite of stiff competition, he won the Best International Act category. Many Nigerians expressed happiness at his win but they could not help but complain about his mom being the one to collect the award on his behalf despite the fact that he was present at the ceremony. Burna Boy recently reacted to the complaint and fumes from Nigerians about his absence on the big stage when he was announced the winner of the category. The singer said that he would have actually collected the award but he had to ‘go get a drink’. The singer particularly said this in reaction to a fan of his who asked him how many awards his mom was going to collect on his behalf. His statement was coated with hilarious emojis. However, not many found Burna Boy’s statement funny as they did not think his reason was justifiable or good enough. In light of this, they have reacted to his words with yet more complaints and praises too.