US-based Ghanaian gospel musician and preacher, Sonnie Badu has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, and his Vice Kamala Harris.
The ‘Baba’ hitmaker said he is “extremely humbled, elated and excited” after receiving the award and added that it is “truly inspiring”. In a video which he posted on his Instagram page he said:
“The Lifetime Achievement Award right here in the United States from my President Joe Biden and Vice President Harris. I am truly grateful. This is truly inspiring”.Sonnie Badu
Sonnie Badu said in the caption of the video that he dedicates the award to his son and also thanked Trinity International University of Ambassadors – the university that awarded him four degrees in four months. He disclosed that the university made his new achievement happen.
“Another great honor bestowed upon me. I am truly humbled to receive a presidential lifetime award from Biden and Harris… This particular one is dedicated to my son. And to @tiuauniversity thank you for making it happen… I love you,”.Sonnie Badu
Sonnie Badu has since received several congratulatory messages from his fans and his colleagues alike.
It can be recalled that Sonnie Badu came under harsh criticism in April this year after a Twitter user alleged the singer for acquired fake degrees from an unaccredited university. However the University he acquired the certificate from confirmed the legitimacy of his certificates.
Well, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award which is also referred to as the President’s Volunteer Service Award is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States.
The purpose of the President’s Volunteer Service Award is to honor the people of America that have volunteered hundreds, if not thousands of volunteer hours over their lifetime. The program was established to honor the volunteer works of individuals, families, and organizations throughout the United States.
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There have been several variations of this program using different names, including the President’s Volunteer Action Award from the 1980s.
The current program is called the President’s Volunteer Service Award and was created by President George W. Bush in 2002. He made this program known during his State of the Union address.
In January 2003, President George W. Bush created an Executive Order that created the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. The council was established to recognize the important contributions Americans of all ages are making within their communities through service and civic engagement.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award is now an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Points of Light Institute.
The program has two award types (individual and family) and four award levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Lifetime Achievement), with required hours varying by age range of the recipient for the bronze, silver, and gold level awards. The Lifetime Achievement award requires a minimum of 4,000 hours of documented volunteer service.
During late 2019 and much of 2020, the Lifetime Award was “under review”. Volunteers who reached the required 4,000 hours of service were unable to receive the Lifetime Achievement award during that time. However, in 2021, the Lifetime Achievement Award was made available again, and the President Biden-issued congratulatory letter became available.
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