On Friday, Tiwa Savage received an honorary doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in music from a UK-based university. A video shared by @bankulli showed the award-winning musician in academic robes as she expressed her gratitude during her acceptance speech. Savage, who is known in the music industry as “Koroba” crooner, talked about the difficulties she faced as an immigrant in the UK, noting she personally experienced bullying in school, ran away from home several times, and failed a course during her final year of college. She candidly admitted to being “globally ridiculed a couple of times” without getting into details.
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In spite of her struggles, Savage has become a globally-recognized force in the Afrobeats scene, and her hard work has led to accolades like winning the MTV EMA awards, being featured in multiple international magazines, and being the first female artist to be endorsed by Pepsi. She initially received a degree in Accounting from Kent university, followed by a degree in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music in 2007. Now, she proudly boasts the title of ‘Doctor Savage’.