Gospel Singer Sonnie Badu Questioned For Claiming To Have Acquired Three Degrees In 4 Months
Gospel musician Sonnie Badu has been called out on social media for being an ‘academic scam’ after he posted on social media that he is now a Professor and Dean of Musicology.
March 30th, the musician posted he is now a professor. In the video, he wrote “Mummy it’s here … it’s official Professor And Dean of Musicology at @tiuauniversity”.
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However, after he posted this on Instagram, some of his followers questioned his academic feat, especially since he got his Ph.D. just some months to this time.
A Twitter user with the name mnm_mensah, with some evidence, has come out to call Sonnie Badu an academic scam, he also pointed out how the school he got the certificates from is not real. He wrote:
People are wondering why I’m on his case and why I’m calling him out. The case be simple. He’s an academic scam and not a victim of a scam. How did it all start? I chanced on a video where dude had earned a Professorial Cert.
Like for real? A Certificate of Professorship? How on earth!!!Face with tears of joyFace with tears of joy So as academic and curious as I am, go to Google Scholar (an academic search engine for anything academia) and type his name to see his publications… Unfortunately none. You can try that and see. Why? In the British system, Professorship is a rank attained as a result of your contribution to knowledge.
In the American system it is a term for anyone who teaches at the University level so let’s assume it’s not British but American. So I quickly run to Google to check out the institution. No website, no images of the school. Just blog posts. Then I chance on the second image. Sonnie attained his Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD in 4 months all from that school. Now we know you at least need one to do the other.
Except in some few cases where one has been able to acquire a PhD using the Bachelor’s but in all these three can’t be run concurrently in 4 months and for one who has not had any tertiary education before there was something fishy. So I go and confirm and it’s true dude said it. He gallantly displays all certs on his socials. He attributes them to grace and favour.
The Twitter user further went on to talk about how he reached out to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for more information. He wrote:
I got a reply yesterday from the institution yesterday saying there’s no information on the school which confirms the several checks I ran on the websites of the accreditation bodies in the USA is. It’s therefore surprising that @SonnieBaduuk makes several posts this morning claiming we are trying to pull him down.
Hence calling us frogs and fools for questioning the Authenticity of his degrees. For an ‘iconic’ Gospel Musician who is proclaiming the gospel through music and preaching, I find it sad how he drags the name of God into the gutters calling it grace. Sonnie BADU, come and give us the details of your study. Bring transcripts to show.
Read thread below:
Sonnie Badu’s Fake Degrees: A long thread
People are wondering why I’m on his case and why I’m calling him out. The case be simple. He’s an academic scam and not a victim of a scam.
How did it all start? I chanced on a video where dude had earned a Professorial Cert pic.twitter.com/xuobVKMl8P
— MNMM (@mnm_mensah) April 6, 2021
In reply to the critics, Sonnie Badu wrote:
When they don’t understand the frequency of your grace and you hard work behind the scenes they bring their own PHD (pull him down) LIONS DONT RESPOND TO FROGS … #DrBadu @tiuauniversity God has us ..
He is yet to reply to the new allegations or clear the air about the confusion about his certificates.
According to his bio, Sonnie Badu is an influential figure in African gospel music. Arguably, one of the most consistently popular live acts in the world. His unique blend of intimate worship, high-quality visuals and his energetic style of ushering congregations into the presence of God has affected lives.