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2019 Grammys: Nigerian-American Producer Wins Award For ‘This Is America’ Music Video

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Despite the Fact that Afro beat musician Seun Kutu, did not clinch any award at the just concluded 61st Grammys, another Nigerian  Ibra Ake, won an award.

Nigerian-American producer, writer and filmmaker, Ibra Ake bagged his first ever Grammy Award at the 61st ceremony which was held on Sunday night, February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center.

Prior to the awards, the nation widely celebrated the nomination of Afro beat singer, Seun Kuti in the ‘World Music’ category.

The son of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti however lost out to South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir on the night.

But another Nigerian got recognized for his work on the critically acclaimed visuals for rapper Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America.’

Ibra Ake is a Nigerian-American visual artist, creative director and writer based in Los Angeles, California.

Ake, started his venture into the entertainment world as a freelance photographer grew up in Nigeria and New Jersey, and is also a writer for hit TV show, ‘Atlanta’which also features Childish Gambino.

The two have since collaborated countless times from album covers, music videos, creative direction, production and screenwriting which led to him working on the video to his 2018 hit single, ‘This is America.’

Childish Gambino also emerged as the biggest winner on the night with a total of four awards including the prestigious gongs for ‘Song of The Year’ and the ‘Record of the Year’.

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By Oke Mba 11/02/2019 12:13:00