Tiwa Savage celebrates honorary degree

Olivia Miller
Picture by Matt Wilson
Tiwa Savage, Canterbury Cathedral, 15 July 2022

Singer-songwriter, Afrobeats star and Kent Business School alumna Tiwa Savage received an honorary degree on 15 July during the University’s graduation ceremonies at Canterbury Cathedral. Her Doctor of Music award was in recognition of her inspirational and international career in music.

Kent Business School’s Dr Catherine Robinson described Tiwa’s list of achievements ‘as lengthy as it is prestigious’. She also added that ‘such a track record of exceptional and meritorious accomplishments deserves recognition.’

In her acceptance speech, Tiwa Savage said: ‘I am proud to be receiving this [honorary degree] alongside my fellow honoraries at this great university’.

Tiwa had the following message for graduates at the ceremony: ‘My prayer is that you one day will stand like this addressing students because you too have gone out into the world… and you never gave up.’

She went on to sing a short rendition of Optimistic by Sounds of Blackness.

Tiwa Savage’s full acceptance speech can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/xv_HqtsZsUo


Tiwa Savage receiving honorary degree from Chancellor, Gavin Esler