The 2019 BET Awards was packed with powerful speeches and viral moments, but the one that truly had the members of the audience leaping out of their seats was from Burna Boy’s mother.
After Nigerian singer/songwriter Burna Boy won the award for Best International Act, his mother, Bose Ogulu, accepted on his behalf and made her way to the stage to deliver an absolute word.
Burna Boy’s mom and manager receives his Best International Act Award.— Raro Lae (@TheRaroLae) June 24, 2019
“Please remember that you were Africans, BEFORE 👏🏾YOU👏🏾WERE👏🏾ANYTHING” - Bose Ogulu cc @burnaboy #betawards pic.twitter.com/yp9VMKHOTM
“Thank you very much, BET. Thank you, Africa, because that is the constituency for which we got noticed in the first place,” Ogulu said to the audience. “And the message from Burna I believe would be that every person should please remember that you were Africans before you were anything else. Thank you.”
The crowd erupted in cheers, and social media also took note. See some of the best reactions below.
Burna’s Mom is always on pointtt— sheyi (@Sheyi_I) June 24, 2019
Instant goose bumps!!! Burna please tell your mom to come school our moms 😭😭— Spencer Obigho (@Spenzaq) June 24, 2019