The word 'doctor' is generally meant to denote a person whose primary assignment is to diagnose illnesses and prescribe suitable treatments for them. However, in today's world, there is much more to that word. Now, a doctor can simply be someone who has earned a honorary degree either by means of merit or recognition.
One of the advantages of being a celebrity either in Nigeria or elsewhere is that, alongside the fame and prestige, a lot of recognition is bound to follow. What this means is that they do not only get accreditation from fans and followers worldwide but they also get to be acknowledged by well lettered individuals.
In this regard, several Nigerian celebrities are usually recognised by academic institutions every now and then. Most of them get plaques, statuettes and certificates which bestow them with a honorary degree and confer upon them the title of a doctor.
The year 2018 was no exception. Several popular Nigerians got the opportunity to be awarded with academic degrees during the course of the year. Some of these people who have earned the rights to be called doctors come from the entertainment industry and others are simply politicians.
With this in mind, here are six popular Nigerians who had the opportunity to be awarded with academic degrees from reputable academic settings.
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1. Linda Ikeji
2018 was really a great year for Linda. Apart from the fact that she took in and gave birth to a bouncing baby boy, she was also considered for a honorary doctorate degree by a university in Georgia. The lady who was very excited about getting a new degree took to her Instagram page to share the good news.
Also, even despite the baby bump, she still managed to rock two beautiful attires during the presentation of the degree in Georgia.
2. Chimamanda Adichie
For Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, getting honorary degrees comes as easy as making a speech or looking beautiful in Afro. In 2016, she received her first doctorate by John Hopkins University as a Doctor of Humane Letters.
In 2017, she went on to bag two more doctorate degrees from Haverford College and the University of Edinburgh. Yet again, she received an Honorary Doctor of Literature Degree (D.Litt) from the University of London and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA.
3. BBNaija's Anto Lecky
After her time as a housemate in the recent edition of the Big Brother Nigeria reality show, Anto went on to achieve great things. One of these things is that she bagged a doctorate degree at ISCOM University in Cotonou, Benin Republic for work in sports and education. The excited lady could not help but share lovely photos of the moment on her Instagram page.
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4. Olusegun Obasanjo
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo bagged his PhD during the wee days of December, 2017. He earned this meritorious degree at the age of 80. Due to the sheer excellence of this, the political godfather and certified theologian was praised by Atiku Abubakar during the first month of 2018.
5. Aisha Buhari
Wife of the current president of Nigeria Aisha Buhari was recently conferred with a honorary doctorate degree from a South Korean university called Sun Moon University. The award was given to her to recognise her efforts in women and children affairs.
According to the presidential aide, Hajo Sani, Aisha Buhari accepted the award and dedicated it to Nigerian women and children.
6. Mo Abudu
Mo Abudu is one of the most successful woman Nigeria has ever had. Apart from being a successful filmmaker, she is also a great entrepreneur. To honour her for her hard work, a University of Westminister located in the United Kingdom honoured the 54-year-old with a doctorate degree. She shared lovely pictures of the beautiful moment.
7. Ali Nuhu
Ali Nuhu is one Nollywood actor that has got the reverence of people both home and abroad. About two months ago, the talented screen god was awarded a doctorate degree by Adonai University. To show his appreciation, he took his page to share lovely photos.
Several celebrities in the political and media sectors of the country have always been very eager to accomplish educational feats. Recently, Nollywood actress Chika Ike was so full of joy after she graduated from Harvard Business School in February, 2018.
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