Nigerian singer-songwriter, Tiwa Savage is one of ten inspirational individuals who will be awarded honorary degrees during University of Kent’s congregation ceremonies at Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals this month, the institution has said.
Tiwa Savage “will be made Doctor of Music in recognition of her inspirational and international career in music” on the 15th of July in Canterbury, the statement added.
Abdulrazak Gurnah, an emeritus professor at Kent University and the 2021 Nobel Laureate for Literature, is one of those named.
Among those to receive a Kent honorary award will also be Lagos-born Olufunke Abimbola MBE, a corporate lawyer, Global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Leader, BBC Commentator and Public Speaker.
The ceremonies are scheduled for July 11–15 in Canterbury and July 20 in Rochester.
She has had an incredible career so for which started at the age of 16 when she sang backing vocals for George Michael. She quickly found further work over the years with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Emma Bunton and Blu Cantrell.
The singer properly kicked off her music career, releasing her debut single “Kele Kele Love” and later her debut album “Once Upon A Time” in 2013.
For seven years — between 2012 and 2019 — Savage was the first lady and top striker for Mavins Record Label where she carved her niche in the male-dominated music industry.
In her almost two-decade career, the African Bad Gyal has dropped five major projects, scooping several local and international awards as well as nominations.