MUSIC legend Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi never ceases to amaze as the Zimbabwean continues to earn international recognition for his artistic work.
ORDER OF MERIT: Internationally renowned Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi will receive the decoration at an award banquet in Harare .
Just weeks after the respected US Forbes Magazine named him as the 12th most powerful celebrity in Africa, out of a list of 40, Mtukudzi is receiving the coveted Cavaliere of the Order of Merit from Italy.
Mtukudzi becomes the first African musician to receive the award which in Italy is what the knighthood is to England.
The prestigious Italian honour is one of the highest recognitions by the president of the European country conferred to outstanding personalities internationally.
Italian embassy officials in Harare confirmed Mtukudzi’s award banquet taking place next Thursday, where the Italian president and government will be represented by their ambassador to Zimbabwe, Stefano Moscatelli.
“Yes, the Italian government has the pleasure and honour to celebrate the decoration as Cavaliere of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy to Mr Oliver Mtukudzi,” an embassy official confirmed.