Award-winning Nigerian-British gospel singer and BBC One talent show judge, Muyiwa Olarewaju, has been awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The award was handed to him by The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, for his outstanding achievement and service to his community.
Queen Elizabeth bestows OBE honours to British citizens involved in business, charity, culture and entertainment, along with science and sport twice a year.
Sharing the news via his Instagram page, he wrote, “For Services To Music. Thank you to everyone that has relentlessly invested in this “young man”, you made it possible…. A lecturer of mine told me no one is paying attention to you doing gospel music…..years later, here we are…. #grateful.”
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The vibrant performer is known to television audiences as a star of Songs of Praise’s Gospel Choir of the Year.
He is also the host of ‘Turning Point’, a television show, with a global audience reach of 70 million.
The 52-year-old has been hugely instrumental in popularising the gospel music genre on a global scale by mixing traditional gospel music with elements from Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia, with soul, R&B, and pop.
Given the honour for his music service, Muyiwa has brought his unique style to music fans around the world as he’s toured with legends such as Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey.
He has also worked alongside superstars Bob Dylan and Lauryn Hill.