The British-Nigerian rapper has been made a chief in his parents’ home state of Ogun in Nigeria. His chieftaincy title is Amuludun of Odo Aje, which means the Chief Entertainer of Odo Aje.
The award-winning rapper has been in Nigeria for a “Homecoming” concert, which he invited the likes of J Hus, Not3s, Wizkid and Davido to perform at.
“I am honoured and will continue to put time and love into Nigeria, especially the community of Odo Aje,” Skepta, who was born in north London, said.
The grime artist has spent a lot of time in Nigeria over the past few years, performing at festivals and putting on his own shows.
The title he’s been given is for “entertainers in all forms”, according to BBC Lagos reporter Busayo Akogun.
Chieftain titles are given in recognition of a positive contribution to community wellbeing – which Skepta has done through entertainment.
“Also such people are known to be at the forefront of transmitting culture and tradition of the land from one generation to another using their trades,” Busayo said.
Skepta, whose real name is Joseph Olaitan Adenuga, has been welcomed warmly in Nigeria, where his parents emigrated from.
Nigerian culture website Native Mag described his relationship with the country as “wholly organic”.
British supermodel Naomi Campbell, who’s rumoured to be dating Skepta, congratulated the new chief on social media.
The supermodel has been in Nigeria with the MC, where she walked in ARISE Fashion Week and joined Skepta at his Homecoming pop-up shop.
The MC has previously been praised for his community work in Tottenham when he partnered with Levis to create a music space for local kids in the community centre.