Burna Boy, the Grammy-winning Nigerian singer, has been praised at the Canadian senate for the “huge impact” he has made in the country’s entertainment space.


Speaking at a recent sitting, Marcel Lebleu, director general of the west and central Africa bureau in Canada, lauded Burna Boy for selling out the Bell Centre twice when he came to perform in Montreal.

The Bell Centre is a multi-purpose arena in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. For concerts, it can hold almost 35,000 people.

Lebleu also applauded the growth and global expansion of the Nigerian entertainment industry.



“I don’t know if you know Burna Boy. He is an Afrobeats singer. He was in Montreal three weeks ago, sold out The Bell Centre twice. That’s about 35,000 people,” he said.

“He was also in Toronto. We don’t think about the culture industry a lot but this is an important industry. For example, Nollywood.”

On his part, Peter Boehm, the senate committee chairman, said he is also a fan of Burna Boy.

“I was listening to Burna Boy the other night,” he added.

When asked on X about his favourite songs by Burna Boy, Boehm said he enjoys the singer’s 2020 album ‘Twice as Tall’.


“Being tall, I continue to enjoy listening to @burnaboy ‘Twice as Tall’ (2020) on my playlist,” he said.

The praises for Burna Boy come a few weeks after his last performance at the Bell Centre.

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