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Boston Declares March 2nd As Burna Boy Day

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March 01, (THEWILL) – The city of Boston in Massachusetts, United States, has declared March 2nd as ‘Burna Boy’s Day’, in honour of the Nigerian singer.

This was contained in a document of the Boston City Council, signed by Councillor, Ruthzee Louijeune.

Burna Boy was honoured in recognition of his performances and advocacy works.

The document read inter alia: “Singer and songwriter Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, known professionally as Burna Boy, was born and raised in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria and is now a global cultural icon who has helped introduce and popularise afrobeats to the entire world.

“For too long, mainstream narratives have marginalised African voices and overlooked the richness of the continent’s cultural heritage, with Burna Boy’s rise to prominence highlighting a shift in this paradigm.

“Burna Boy proudly embraces his Nigerian and African identity, infusing it with contemporary sounds to create music that resonates with audiences worldwide, thereby challenging stereotypes about African artistry and opening doors for aspiring artists from similar backgrounds.

“Through his performances and advocacy work, Burna Boy amplifies the voices of marginalised communities and advocates for their recognition and rights.

”Using his platform not only to entertain but also to educate and inspire, starting conversations about social justice, equity, and representation.

“Nigeria is the largest source of African immigration in the United States and Massachusetts is one of the top 10 states with the highest Nigerian-born population, according to the American Community Survey.

“Boston’s commitment to recognising and celebrating culture and diversity is evident in the range of cultural events, festivals, and community initiatives that showcase the city’s multicultural landscape.

“Burna Boy’s legacy serves as a reminder of possibility, reminding us to continue amplifying voices that have long been silenced or overlooked.

“NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That March 2, 2024, is designated Burna Boy Day in the City of Boston.”

Burna Boy won Best Global Music Album for ‘Twice As Tall’ at the premiere ceremony of the 63rd GRAMMY Awards.

In October 2022, Burna Boy was awarded the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MON) for his achievements in music, and in 2023, Rolling Stone ranked him number 197 on its list of the 200 greatest singers of all time.

Also, in 2023, he won The Headies Afrobeats Single of the Year category and the Song of the Year for ‘Last Last.’

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