Top Nigerian female gospel act and ‘I’ve Got feelings’ crooner, Pat Akpabio was recently honoured with an award by the Senate of the United States’ of America. The award which recognized her contributions to the society through music and as the only African American to be inducted into the Grammy Recording Academy was initiated by Senator James of the 35th and passed as a Resolution by the US Senate.
Congratulations to her!!!
Read below the resolution and click play to watch her giving a speech after receiving the award.
12 LC 93 1365
Senate Resolution 1167
By: Senator James of the 35th
WHEREAS, Princess Pat Akpabio is an Atlanta based Nigerian gospel singer and the only African American inducted into the Grammy's Recording Academy as a voting member; and
WHEREAS, Princess Akpabio is a trained financial analyst who earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Georgia State University; and
WHEREAS, her album, I've Got Feelings, was released in April of 2011 and resonates a message of faith, encouragement, and triumph through Christ; and
WHEREAS, Princess Akpabio has received numerous honors and recognitions, including being the first Nigerian gospel artist to receive the National Excellence Award and the first to have a Hall of Fame named in her honor in Liberia, and she was nominated as the Nigerian Gospel Musician of the Year in 2010; and
WHEREAS, she is an ambassador to the United Nations Peace Initiative and the founder and CEO of the Pat Akpabio Foundation for HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer Research, a foundation dedicated to research, awareness, prevention, and empowerment of persons affected, infected, and impacted by these diseases; and
WHEREAS, a woman of deep and abiding faith, she is an ordained evangelist and a lady in the Order of John Wesley; and
WHEREAS, she is united in love and marriage to Ibanga I. Akpabio, and together they have been blessed with three remarkable children, Princess Rachel, Prince Othniel, and Prince Daniel Akpabio; and
WHEREAS, it is abundantly fitting and proper that the impressive career of this distinguished Georgian be appropriately recognized.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE that the members of this body commend Princess Pat Akpabio for her many accomplishments in the music industry and her dedicated public service to others and extend to her their sincere best wishes for future success.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to Princess Pat Akpabio.