The British grime star Skepta has been made a chieftain in his parents’ home state of Ogun in Nigeria. Skepta, who is originally from Nigeria, shared a video expressing his thanks for the chieftaincy title.
Yes – while enjoying critical acclaim and commercial success in the UK – the 35-year-old was nominated for three 2017 Brit Awards: best male British solo artist, best breakthrough act and best album, for Konnichiwa – he has also been making a name for himself in Nigeria, performing at a string of festivals and shows.
The title he’s been given is for “entertainers in all forms”, according to Busayo Akogun, a BBC reporter based in Lagos. Chieftain titles are given in recognition of a positive contribution to community wellbeing, she said.
Skepta, whose real name is Joseph Junior Adenuga said he was “honoured” to be given the title. “Thank you to the Baale, Chiefs of Odo Aje and King for presenting me with my Chieftaincy title today,” he wrote on Instagram. “I am honoured and will continue to put time and love into Nigeria, especially the community of Odo Aje,” he continued. Love … mum, dad and everybody in attendance for an unforgettable day. Big love, Joseph Olaitan Adenuga Jnr – Chief Amuludun Of Odo Aje.”
Skepta hinted last year that he turned down an MBE, which are handed out in the Queen’s birthday honours. He made the claim in the track “Hypocrisy”, which includes the line: “The MBE got rejected/I’m not trying to be accepted.”
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