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Burna Boy, Nollywood receive praise from Canadian senate


The Canadian Senate has showered praise on renowned Afrobeats sensation, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, and Nigeria’s vibrant movie industry, Nollywood, in recognition of their remarkable achievements and global impact.

Acknowledging Burna Boy’s outstanding contributions to the music scene, Marcel Lebleu, Director General of the West and Central African Bureau at Global Affairs Canada, hailed him as a highly esteemed touring artist.

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Lebleu specifically highlighted Burna Boy’s historic feat of selling out the prestigious Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, not once but twice, marking him as the first African artist to achieve such a milestone.

“I don’t know if you know Burna Boy. He is an Afrobeats singer. He was in Montreal three weeks ago, sold out The Bell Centre twice. That’s about 35,000 people,” Lebleu remarked, underscoring the immense popularity and influence of the Grammy-winning musician.

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In a similar vein, Senator Peter Boehm, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, expressed admiration for Burna Boy’s music, affirming his status as a devoted fan. Boehm took to his verified social media handle to share his appreciation for Burna Boy’s album “Twice as Tall,” highlighting its presence on his playlist.

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“I was listening to Burna Boy the other night,” Boehm acknowledged, emphasizing his genuine admiration for the talented artist’s work.

The accolades extended to Nollywood as well, with the Canadian Senate recognizing the industry’s significant role in promoting Nigerian culture and storytelling on the global stage.