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City of Boston declares March 2 ‘Burna Boy’s Day’

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The US City of Boston in Massachusetts has declared March 2nd as “Burna Boy’s Day” in honour of Nigerian Afrobeats singer and performer, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy.

The declaration was contained in a document from the Boston City Council signed by Councillor Ruthzee Louijeune, which said Burna Boy was honoured in recognition of his “performances and advocacy works.”

The honour is also a testimony of Burna Boy’s stardom as he has held so many soldout shows in Boston since breaking into the international scene in 2018.

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

“Whereas, 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,” it added.

Burna Boy broke into the big time in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album L.I.F.E (2013).

He became a global star in 2017, when he signed with Atlantic Records in the United States and its parent company Warner Music Group, to release his third studio album, “Outside” (2018).

In 2019 he won Best International Act at the BET Awards, and was named an Apple Music Up Next artist.

He released his fourth studio album, “African Giant”, which went on to win Album of the Year at the All Africa Music Awards and was nominated for Best World Music Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.

He was named African Artist of the Year at the 2020 Ghana Music Awards and released his fifth studio album, “Twice as Tall”, in August 2020.

Burna Boy’s sixth studio album “Love, Damini” was released in 2022 and became the highest debut of an African album on the Billboard 200 chart, also becoming the highest-charting African album in France, the Netherlands and the UK.

In 2023, Rolling Stone ranked the “Last Last” number 197 on its list of the 200 greatest singers of all time, and went on to win his fourth Best International Act at the BET Awards in 2023.

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UK returns Ghana’s royal artefacts looted 150 years ago in ‘loan deal’

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The United Kingdom has returned 32 royal artefacts looted from Ghana’s Asante Kingdom in the 19th Century in a “loan deal” agreed on by the two governments last year.

The artefacts which are mainly golden royal regalia, were looted over 150 years ago from the Asante Palace in Kumasi during the Anglo-Asante Wars, including the infamous Sargrenti War of 1874.

The revered items which were returned to the West African country by the British Museum (BM) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), will however, will be on loan for an initial three years and renewable for another three years.

A statement by the the Asante Palace on Thursday stated that the loan deal is not with the Ghanaian government but with the current traditional ruler of the Ashanti people, Otumfo Osei Tutu II.

The idea behind the loan deal, according to local media, is based on the premise of legal restrictions in the UK which have made it impossible to return the artefacts permanently.

The return of the artefacts also coincides with the silver jubilee anniversary of Asantehene Osei Tutu II, who first started the negotiations in May last year.

“Gold and silver regalia, associated with the Asante royal court, will be displayed at the Palace Museum as part of a long-term loan commitment by the Victoria & Albert and the British Museum,” the Asantehene’s Palace said.

It added that Tutu will receive the gold artefacts which are the symbol of the Asante traditional authority. in specially designed Belgian cases in Kumasi, after which the Manhyia Palace Museum will be closed for three weeks for installation works and encasing.

Many of the items which will be seen in Ghana for the first time in 150 years, include 15 pieces from the British Museum and 17 from the Victoria & Albert Museum and will be on display and open to the public in May.

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American rap icon Ja Rule lands in Ghana for a charity project

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American rap icon, Jeffrey Bruce Atkins Sr., popularly known as Ja Rule, has landed in Ghana for a charity project that will oversee the construction of a classroom block at the Nuaso Anglican Primary School.

Ja Rule who announced his trip to the West African country via a social media post, said he will touch down in Accra on Wednesday, April 10th, for groundbreaking event “to make an impact on lives in the West African nation.”

The “Mesmerize” rapper explained that the project which is m an initiative of an international NGO, “Pencils of Promise”, is seeking to “bring quality education to kids around the world.”

“Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a classroom block at Nuaso Anglican Primary School, Ghana,” Ja Rule said, while confirming his trip to Ghana.

On a flyer promoting the trip on his X handle, the American star wrote on Tuesday:

“Building towards the future… Ghana see you tomorrow.”

The post which generated a lot of excitement among fans of the rapper and other social media users in Ghana, saw many welcoming the visit and the initiative.

Joy FM top presenter, Lexis Bill, took to the social media to write:

“Awesome!!!! Ghana loves you 🇬🇭. Ghana is grateful,” while popular TV Presenter, Blaqueboy, also chipped in with: “Love from the motherland, welcome back to this side.”

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