American-Nigerian Wins Grammy Award For Producing ‘This Is America’

Ibra Ake
Ibra Ake

Though no Nigerian won the just-concluded Grammy Awards held on Sunday, a Nigerian-American producer, writer and filmmaker has broken the jinx by bagging his first Grammy Award.

Under Best Music Video category, Ibra Ake won for producing Childish Gambino’s visuals for “This is America.”

Reacting to his win, Ake excitedly tweeted with the username @ibralikezebra saying: “I can’t believe I just won a Grammy. Where’s the catch? Royalty forever.”

Ake, who is a visual artist, creative director and writer, is based in Los Angeles, California.

While he has spent most of his life in America, Ake constantly credits his Nigerian upbringing for allowing him to understand the value of documentation and storytelling.

Ake, who grew up in Nigeria and New Jersey, is also a writer for the hit TV show, ‘Atlanta’ which also features Childish Gambino.

Straightnews gathered that Childish Gambino’s “This is America” bagged four Grammy awards.

The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held on May 4, 1959, to honour and respect the musical accomplishments by performers for 1958.

The 61st annual Grammy Awards, honouring the best achievements from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018, were held on February 10, 2019, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.