Prominent Nigerian singer, David Adedeji Adeleke, better known by his stage name, Davido, on Sunday won the 2018 BET award for best international act.
The BET Awards, established by Black Entertainment Television to recognize the best in African American culture, maintains an international category for black music from outside the United States.
The ‘Aiye’ singer was nominated in the ‘Best International Act’ award category alongside Tiwa Savage, Booba (France), Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), Dadju (France), Distruction Boyz (South Africa), Fally Ipupa (DR Congo), J Hus (UK), Niska (France), Stefflon Don (UK) and Stormzy (UK).
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But he was declared the winner at the 2018 BET Awards which held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on last night.
In his acceptance speech for the award, Davido expressed his condolences for D’banj‘s loss of his son while thanking him for giving African artists the global platform they have today. He also spoke glowingly about Africa.
He said: “Before I go on, I wanna send condolences to my big brother. My condolences are with you. You are my brother.”
The singer also urged artistes in the diaspora to collaborate with their counterparts in Africa.
“And as I go on, I wanna talk about Africa. My continent has been so blessed to influence many cultures,” he said.
“Come to Africa, eat the food, wear the clothes. Get ready for me, let’s collaborate. My album drops this year. J. Cole. Yo Quay, I’m waiting on that verse Quay.”
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