Nigerian pop star David Adeleke, better known as Davido, on Sunday won the 2018 BET Award for Best International Act.
When he arrived on the BET Awards stage to pick up his award, he started his acceptance speech, by sending his condolences to Dbanj, who lost his one-year-old son on Sunday: “Before I go on, I want to send condolences to my big brother, the actual artiste that paved the way for Nigerian artistes to be on this stage,” he said. “D’banj, my condolences are with you, you’re my brother.”
He then continued his speech by promoting the African culture, calling on Americans to come visit the continent: “I want to talk about Africa…my continent has been so blessed to influence so many cultures… I am telling you guys to come to Africa, eat the food, wear the clothes…,” he said.
“Let’s collaborate,” he also urged US artistes to work with African artistes.
Davido Wins BET Award for Best International Act
Established in 2001, the award is the brainchild of Black Entertainment Television. The BET Awards are organized to honour African Americans and other American minorities in different categories of entertainment. This years ceremony celebrated achievements in entertainment and honnored music, sports, television, and movies released between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. Davido has become the first international act nominee to receive his award live on stage during the main BET Awards.
The BET Awards rules previously did not allow Best International Act nominees to receive their awards before the ceremony’s main audience. Its a good thing the organizers have revised the rule, giving more exposure to international talents.
The Best International Act Award
Davido (Nigeria) *WINNER*
Cassper Nyovest (SA)
Distruction Boyz (SA)
Fally Ipupa (DR Congo)
J Hus (UK)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Stefflon Don (UK)