Hail, Dr Mtukudzi!

HARARE - Zimbabwean music legend Oliver Mtukudzi, was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Human Letters (DHL) by the International Institute of Philanthropy (IIP) at a function held at the Rainbow Towers Hotel yesterday.

The doctorate is Tuku’s third degree.

In 2003, he received an Honorary Arts degree from the University of Zimbabwe in recognition of his illustrious four decades-long music career which has inspired Zimbabwean artists to use local influences in their work.

The 62-year-old music superstar then earned an MSc. Fine Arts Degree six years after his first honorary degree for being “arguably the most powerful creative force to emerge from Zimbabwe in the last three decades.”

The letter from IIP announcing the conferment of the degree states: “The International Institute of Philosophy, through its Zimbabwe Office and in consultation with the Philanthropy Institute of Zimbabwe, incorporating the African Institute of Philanthropy (AIP) and the Women’s Institute of Philanthropy (WIP), is humbled and honoured to advise that you Mr Oliver Mtukudzi will, should you accept this highly-esteemed Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters, be officially addressed as Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, Doctor of Humane Letters, DHL.”

Enrico Sibanda, a representative of the Philanthropy Institute of Zimbabwe, said that it was an honour long overdue.

“Look at what he has done for Zimbabwe. He is respected locally, regionally and internationally,” he said.

“He has mentored many musicians and has gone through so much to be where he is today.
“People should stop calling this man ‘Oliver’.

“It’s high time he was called Dr Mtukudzi.”

Mtukudzi, who is also a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, spends more and more of his time reaching out to communities around him, particularly school children, said he was humbled by the honour.

“Ndinofara zvachose kuwana vanhu vakaita semi vanoona mashandiro atinenge tichiita, zvinotipa manyemwe ekuenderera mberi nekusimudza mureza we Zimbabwe (It makes me very happy that there are people such as yourselves who see the work we do as it encourages us to keep on lifting the Zimbabwean flag),” he said in an email to the institute.

In recent times Mtukudzi has helped raise awareness for the diabetes problem in Zimbabwe, has visited schools to work with musical children and through his Pakare Paye Arts Centre continues to encourage, coach and inspire many young musicians.

Comments (3)

Congratulations to you, Dr. Mtukudzi.

Driden Kunaka - 5 July 2014

While I am proud of my friend Tuku's achievements, I cannot understand how an organization which is not a university can confer degrees. Having worked in many universities, I am quite familiar with the system of conferring honorary degrees. Now I am a bit confused.

Chenjerai Hove - 5 July 2014

SCAM SCAM!!! Registered On June 17, 2014 Registered address: Suite 2, St Bain Center, Avondale ---> go to any whois domain tools site (sites that give you info about a registred website) eg. http://centralops.net/co/DomainDossier.aspx ---> then enter "http://internationalinstituteofphilanthropy.org" in the text box, tick all the check boxes

facts - 6 July 2014

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