Tiwa Savage: University Of Kent Confers Honorary Doctorate On Afrobeats Star

Nigerian Singer-songwriter, Afrobeats star and Kent Alumna, Tiwa Savage has been honoured with a Doctorate Degree by her alma mater, the University Of Kent.

She was made Doctor of Music in recognition of her inspirational and international career in music.

The musician together with the 2021 Nobel Laureate for Literature and Kent emeritus professor Abdulrazak Gurnah, were among nine inspirational people to receive honorary degrees from the University during graduation ceremonies at Canterbury Cathedral between 11-15 July.

Tiwa Savage completed a degree in Business Administration at the University before winning a scholarship to study Professional Music at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Watch Tiwa Savage’s acceptance speech.

All about Tiwa Savage

Tiwa Savage is an award-winning singer-songwriter and Afrobeats star. She is best known for her hit singles such as ‘Mr Lova Lova’ ft Duncan Mighty, ‘Diet’ and ‘Tiwa’s Vibe’ all reaching the No. 1 spot across charts all over Africa and securing her position as one of Afrobeats’ leading artists. In 2019, she signed an exclusive recording contract with Universal Records and released her first global single titled ’49-99’ under Motown Records.

In November 2018, Tiwa was crowned Best African Act by the MTV European Music Awards and made history as the first female to win the accolade. In the same year, Tiwa became the first African female to sell out London’s IndigO2 and was handpicked by Coldplay’s Chris Martin to perform alongside Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Jay Z live at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg.

Tiwa was born in Lagos, Nigeria where she lived until the age of 11 when her parents decided to move to London. At the age of 16 she sang backing vocals for George Michael. Tiwa quickly found further work over the years with the likes of Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Emma Bunton and Blu Cantrell.

Tiwa completed a degree in Business Administration at the University of Kent before she won a scholarship to study Professional Music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Tiwa moved to New York City where she was signed to Sony/ATV as a writer. She then moved to Los Angeles and created songs which would eventually go on to find placements with Mya, Monica, Kat DeLuna and Whitney Houston.

Inspired and stimulated by the lack of true female superstars in her home country, she moved back to Nigeria and set up her own label imprint 323 Entertainment with Tunji “TJ Billz” Balogun, which soon joined forces with Mavin Records label. She released ‘Kele Kele Love’ as her debut single to widespread critical acclaim. Her debut album ‘Once Upon A Time’ was released in July 2013.

Away from her successes in music, Tiwa co-hosted the second season of Nigerian Idol in 2011, appeared in the stage version of ‘For Coloured Girls’ and appeared in MTV’s Shuga.

Tiwa has also been active in her philanthropic endeavours, supporting various youth engagement organisations and breast cancer screening projects across Nigeria and further afield. Tiwa was named one of the world’s top 100 inspirational women in fashion for Vogue magazine and graced the cover of Billboard Magazine’s first issue devoted entirely to Africa.

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