Following her giant stride in the music space globally, Nigerian Afro-beat singer and songwriter, Tiwatope Salvage popularly known as Tiwa Savage has recently been honored with an honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Kent, United Kingdom
The Alumna of the university formerly addressed with the stage name Queen, was conferred with the highest degree honor in Music in recognition of her inspirational and international career in music.
The mother of one bagged her first degree in Business Administration at the University of Kent before moving to Berklee College of Music, graduating with a degree in professional music in 2007 after being awarded a scholarship.
Meanwhile, the hip-hop super star while giving her acceptance speech made some thought-provoking and soul-searching message for granduants, institution and family at the convocation.
Here are seven takeaways from Tiwa Savage’s acceptance speech at the University’s graduation ceremonies at Canterbury Cathedral
- Tiwa expressed her profound gratitude to the institution management for their kind words, who described her achievements as lengthy but prestigious. She appreciated the University for the honor and also extended her gratitude to her family and friends for the support.
2. In the course of being real while delivering her speech, Tiwa narrated her ordeal as a child after enduring being bullied in school and also ran away from home few times. She said, “I failed at a lot of things actually, I was bullied at school severely when I moved to the UK. I ran away from home a few times. I was suspended a few times from school”.
3. The fashion icon also revealed that she failed a course at the University during her finals. “I also failed principles of finance at this very university when I was graduating, she revealed.
- The award winning singer also made it known about how she has been ridiculed a couple of times world-wide. “I’ve been globally ridiculed a couple of times. I’m not going to say what it is but it rhymes with ‘cape’, the irony”, Tiwa noted.
5. Tiwa Savage listed her achievements despite all the struggles, “This same girl went on to be a leading figure in a global phenomenal called Afro-beats and some call me queen but it’s Dr. Savage from now on, she said.
Being a two degrees’ holder, Tiwa became the first African woman to win an MTV Europe Africa Award, covered many international magazines including the billboards and also became the first female artist to be endorsed by Pepsi.
- The female vocal singer charged grandaunts to strive for whatever they intend to achieve and never give up irrespective of the challenges or obstacles they face from people.
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“I know everyone will be overwhelmed with decisions of what they are going to do the minute you walk out of this door but I’m standing here in front of you as a successful person. if I can make it, then you, I promise, you will do so much more than myself”
- She brought the speech to an end by singing a short inspirational rendition “Optimistic”, a song by American vocal and instrumental ensemble Sounds of Blackness, recorded for their debut studio album
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