How President Muhammadu Buhari Congratulated Davido and Wizkid for Winning MOBO Awards

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday congratulated renowned hip-hop artistes, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun (WizKid) and David Adedeji Adeleke (Davido), on their awards at the Music of Black Origin.

 

A tweet by the presidency reads: “President @MBuhari congratulates @wizkidayo and @iam_Davido on their big wins at the @MOBOAwards. The President joins their teeming fans in Nigeria and across the world in celebrating the highly-deserved recognition.”

 

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina further praised the singers for taking Nigeria’s culture to the world. 

 

The statement read in part, “The President affirms that both singers have showcased the rich talents in the country, and brought pride to the nation through their many songs and performances, commending their dedication, hard work and charity works.

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“President Buhari also calls on the upwardly mobile artistes to be cautious and mindful of likely distractions to their careers, urging WizKid and Davido to serve as ambassadors of the country and role models to upcoming musicians.”

 

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In the award on Wednesday night, Wizkid  beat a strong field including Jay-Z, Drake, Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar to net the best international artist prize.

 

Other artists edged out by Wizkid are Cardi B, DJ Khaled, Migos, Solange Knowles, SZA

 

Davido, also emerged the best African Act for the year,  beating  a field of artists, including Wizkid to get the award. The other artists in the pack were: Eugy, Juls, Maleek Berry, Mr Eazi, Sarkodie, Tekno, Tiwa Savage and Wande Coal. Wizkid won the award in 2016.

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The MOBO awards, which started in 1996, is Europe’s music award event. It is  the most important and influential event for music makers and fans,  perhaps Europe’s equivalent of Grammy. It recognises and honours the artistic and technical achievements of exceptional British and international talent in the musical fields of Hip Hop, Grime, RnB/Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Gospel, and African music.

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The full statement reads: President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates renowned hip-hop artistes, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, WizKid, and David Adedeji Adeleke, Davido, on their awards at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO).

 

President Buhari joins the teeming fans of the artistes in Nigeria and all over the world in celebrating the highly deserved and meritorious recognition, which saw WizKid winning “International Best Artitse’’ award, while Davido picked the “Best African Act’’.

 

The President affirms that both singers have showcased the rich talents in the country, and brought pride to the nation through their many songs and performances, commending their dedication, hard work and charity works.

 

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President Buhari also calls on the upwardly mobile artistes to be cautious and mindful of likely distractions to their careers, urging WizKid and Davido to serve as ambassadors of the country and role models to upcoming musicians.

 

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media& Publicity)

December 1, 2017

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