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President Muhammadu Buhari has bestowed national honors on Grammy-winning superstar Burna Boy, multi-award winning Afrobeats legend 2Baba, and music sensation Teni in recognition of their giant strides, service, and achievements in the Nigerian music industry.

In a ceremony held at the Government House Villa in Aso Rock on October 11, 2022, the president bestowed national awards on 447 Nigerian citizens and foreign nationals, including kings, former ministers, icons, and the Senate President.

Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu ”Burna Boy” who won the World Album Category at the 2021 Grammy Awards for his album ‘Twice As Tall’ was given the award of Member of the Federal Republic, MFR and the National award was received on behalf of Burna Boy by his father.

Similarly, music legend, Innocent Ujah Idibia, aka 2Face, and superstar singer, Teniola Apata “Teni” got the honour of Member of the Order of the Niger, MON.

President Buhari lauded the musicians, saying that citizens who contribute to national development should be encouraged and rewarded.

He said, “Worthy of mention are our artistes, particularly, our very own Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu (Burna Boy), who won the Grammy Awards in 2020. He along with other artistes have repositioned the Nigerian entertainment industry and placed it on the global map.”

“At the just concluded Dubai Expo 2020, Nigeria’s pavilion was a beehive of activities as our musicians entertained guests from around the world.” the statement added.

Six people were conferred with GCON, 55 with Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), 65 with Commander of the Order of Niger (CON), 77 with Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), 110 with Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), 74 with Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), and 55 with Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) (MON).

The Federal Republic Medal I (FRM I) and Federal Republic Medal II (FRM II) Second Class each had four recipients.

The OFR Award was given to the seven foreigners who were honored.

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