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UWI to honour Rita Marley with doctorate

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2015 | 7:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Rita Marley

Rita Marley, widow of legendary reggae singer Bob Marley, has been listed among 21 honourees by the University of the West Indies (UWI) at this year's graduation ceremonies in October. She will receive a DLitt (Doctorate of Letters).

In a statement to The Gleaner, Marley expressed her gratitude. "It was unexpected," she said. "I didn't know I would be recognised for my work in that aspect. I'm very happy and honoured to receive this award and I'm happy to be an example to others. I thank UWI for this and I will continue my work."

According to the UWI, "Rita Marley continues to make invaluable contributions to the Jamaican music industry as singer, producer, performer and entrepreneur. She has built a globally recognised empire with members of the Marley family, and, by extension, the spread and reach of Brand Jamaica as a related and intertwined category."

In 1996, Marley was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Government of Jamaica, and in 2013, she received honorary Ghanaian citizenship.