On the first day of December 2019 ,Multi award winning Nigerian actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde bagged an honorary doctorate degree by the Igbinedion University ,Okada Edo state .
Remember this is an honorary degree.
An honorary degree is an academic degree for which a university (or other degree-awarding institution) has waived the usual requirements, such as matriculation, residence, a dissertation, and the passing of comprehensive examinations. It is also known by the Latin phrases honoris causa (“for the sake of the honour”) or ad honorem (“to the honour”). The degree is typically a doctorate or, less commonly, a master’s degree, and may be awarded to someone who has no prior connection with the academic institution or no previous postsecondary education.
The degree is often conferred as a way of honouring a distinguished visitor’s contributions to a specific field or to society in general.
Lots of notable Nigerian business moguls have bagged these honorary PhD degree from popular institutions within and outside the shores of the country.
Some say these honorary awards given to these public figures is a way of opening such institution to supports financially , infrastructure wise and of course public recognition.
However Let’s take a look at Nigerian celebrities who have been awarded Honorary PhD degree
The juju Maestro is one of the Celebrities you might not know have a PhD certificate.
The Golden Mercury of Africa was honoured with a doctorate degree in Performing Arts by the first Private University in Ibadan ,Lead city university of ibadan in 2016.
Segun akinlolu (Beautiful Nubia)
Beautiful Nubia as he’s fondly called , graduated from the University of Ibadan with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1992 and worked as a veterinarian for about 8 years. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Nigeria Institute of Journalism.
The dreadlocks folk musician was in 2016 honoured with a honorary PhD degree in Arts by ESEP Le Berger university, Benin Republic .
The media mogul in 2018 was awarded the prestigious degree by the Trinity International University of Georgia , United States of America for her contribution to media in Africa and as Africa’s Most Successful Blogger.
The Nollywood actor in 2016 was honoured with the award of Professional Fellowship Doctorate (Pfd) by The Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria .
That year Kenneth Okonkwo a renowned Legal Practitioner and a prolific writer also welcomed his first child after 9years of marriage.
Award winning Chiamamanda adiche known for her prolific writing skills and books published (Half of a yellow sun ,Purple hibiscus etc) has 5 honorary PhD degrees from different institutions across the globe in the space of 3 years
Chiamamanda in 2016 was conferred with the honorary degree -Doctor of Humane letters by Johns Hopkins University.
In 2017 she bagged honorary degrees – Doctor of Humane letters by Haverford College and The University of Edinburgh.
In 2018 She was conferred with the honorary degree ,Doctor of Human Letters from Amherst college .
Finally in 2019 (This year) Chiamamanda received honorary degree, Doctor by Université de Fribourg, Switzerland.
Chiamamanda’s bag full of honorary PhD degrees is inspiring and this is due to her impact in different genres .
So which Nigerian celebrity do you think deserves honorary PhD degree, looking at their impact in the industry ?