Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike over the weekend conferred the state’s second highest honour on Grammy award winner Burna Boy.
The Afro-fusion star was presented the award of Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State after he won the Best Global Music Album with his Twice As Tall album at the 63rd Grammys.
The event held at a reception organised by the Rivers State Government for him in Port Harcourt.
At the award ceremony, which was attended by people from all walks of life, the governor said the honour was to show gratitude publicly to indigenes of Rivers State who stood out in their endeavours.
In a statement by his special assistant on media Kelvin Ebiri, the governor described the homecoming reception for Burna Boy, who hails from the Ahoada West Local Government Area of the state, as a joyous moment for the state.
He announced that the government would allocate him a land in the Old Government Residential Area of Port Harcourt and give him money to build a house there.
“We are going to do that for him and let others be encouraged, that if you get to this level, the Rivers State Government will promote you. We are happy with you (Burna Boy), we are happy with your parents for what they have done,” he stated.
The governor also lauded Timaya, Duncan Mighty and other artistes who graced the award ceremony and also performed in honour of Burna Boy and announced a gift of N10m each to all the artists that performed during the concert.