Recognition Of Outstanding Achievement

by Duke Magazine

A weighty congratulation is in order for Nigerian cultural Icon and multi-award winner, Ayan De First (Mr Culture) on his conferment as the “Liveryman of the City of London” with British historic medal. This remarkable installation is in recognition for his services to the community, and following his performances for the Lord Mayor of London in what is a major boost for the contributions of the United Kingdom diaspora to the country’s entertainment industry. 

Ayan De First-Mr Culture receiving the medal of conferment as the Liveryman of the city of London

Highly revered among Nigerians in the United Kingdom, Ayan De First is a celebrity Talking drummer who performs at both African and multi-cultural events across the UK and Europe. However, he is not a newbie in appearing in all British national newspapers and on all British Television channels. He also teaches Nigerian and African culture, works within educational sectors, offering drumming lessons to willing pupils, as well as showing them how to play cultural instruments.

In 2019, Ayan De First performed at the City of London’s annual banquet for the second time, where he aroused the delight of the crowd with his wonderful display of Nigerian and African music. In offering appreciative gesture for his contribution, the Lord Mayor of London, William Russell, decided to make Ayan De First a Liveryman of the city.

Ayan De First is a cultural icon with multiple awards to his cart

Now a Freeman of the City who has become a liveryman, Ayan De First has been officially clothed with a livery gown placed on him at the Apothecaries hall and court of the Lord Mayor of London. Like every other liveryman, Ayan De First will now be eligible to wear his medal, vote in the annual election of the Lord Mayor of London, the sheriffs and various other City civic offices, including the Ale Conners and Bridge Masters.

In his remark on the honor bestowed on him, Ayan De First said: “This is not only a great honor and privilege for me as a diasporan and a Pan-African but a recognition of the immense contribution of African culture to the economic life of the City of London. I hope this honor will spur on a lot of our young people to take up the promotion of Nigerian and African culture.

“Given the current climate in which we are, whereby there is a growing appreciation of black culture and the need for more integration, culture is something we need to look at as a means of bridging the divide between communities. Every society has its own culture and it would help if we all took it upon ourselves to learn about other cultures as a means of appreciating one another.”

Mr Culture has worked as the talking drummer for Queen Salawa Abeni, The Masters Drummers of Africa, The Yoruba Women Choir, before founding his own acoustic company ‘Oduduwa Talking Drummers’.

Loads of love for this ambassador of African culture in the diaspora.

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