Nigerian singer, songwriter and entrepreneur, Innocent Ujah Idibia, popularly known by his stage name 2face Idibia was on Tuesday May 10 2016 awarded an honorary Master of Arts in Music degree at Igbinedion University, Okada Edo State.
The music producer was given the prestigious prize courtesy of the Esama of Benin Kingdom and founder of the university, Gabriel Igbinedion.
On receiving the award, the entertainer who expressed excitement over his recognition, thanked the Pro-Chancellor for the award.
According to him the honor has re-ignited his zeal to work harder and maintain good morals.
Here is the speech below:
“Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, I’ll like to stand on existing protocols because right now I’m overwhelmed, over-excited, over-elated and over-grateful, In short I’m over ‘all of the above.
“I want to say thank you to the Pro-Chancellor and Professor Emeritus, Oluwole Akande. I want to say a big thank you to all the governing council of Igbinedion University, the senate, academic and non-academic staff.
“I really appreciate this honour, mere words cannot explain what I’m feeling right now.
“This conferment of this honorary degree has renewed my zeal to work harder and maintain standards by which this great institution has recognised me, and it’s made me resolve to work harder to be a good ambassador of Igbinedion University.
“It’s also funny how this very day, Igbinedion University has inaugurated the Centre for Corporate and Peace Studies and as you all know, for the past 2 years, I’ve been involved in campaigning for ‘Vote Not Fight: Election no be war’. Please permit me to express my eagerness to work with Igbinedion University towards achieving the set goals of peace and conflict resolution.
“I also want to use this opportunity to say I’ll start a legacy program at Igbinedion University and it’s solely going to be based on music, upcoming artists.
“I don’t really know how to give speeches, so once again I say a big thank you to Igbinedion University, Okada. One Love, One Love, One Love!
“I’ll use this opportunity to ask the youths of Edo state to shun violence during elections. I’m using this opportunity to launch the ‘Vote Not Fight’ campaign in Edo State towards the next gubernatorial elections. I want you guys to maintain your heads and don’t allow anybody use you for violence during this elections.”
The event was attended by his wife, Annie Idibia, the staff of the University, friends, family and fans.