You might as well refer to him now as Dr Oliver Mtukudzi (or Dr. "Tuku")! Two months ago, the Zimbabwean music legend garnered a honorary Ph.D in Ethnomusicology and Choreography, from the Great Zimbambwe University. (continues below... )
Presenting the degree, the Vice chancellor Professor Rungano Zvongo said it was to reward the singer for his contribution to music that has not only touched lives in Zimbabwe but also all over the world.
The professor went on to praise Oliver Mtukudzi for inspiring young artistes, by composing lyrics that touch on all aspects of society including social, cultural and economic issues. The award also recognized the 74 year old’s service to the community through benefit concerts, fund-raisings and his collaborations with indigenous musicians and filmmakers.
Oliver Mtukudzi was subsequently capped by the University's Chancellor, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during the graduation ceremony.
This award is the latest among the many honorary academic awards the music legend has received over the years. In 2009 he was granted a honorary MSc (Fine Arts) Degree by the Women's University in Africa for uplifting the role of African women in his artistic work.
Other awards include Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa, and the prestigious Cavaliere of the Order of Merit Award by the government of Italy in recognition of contribution to international music.