As an educator, through his messages of determination, righteousness and unity, Dr Lt. Stichie is one of the most respected artistes on the reggae-gospel scene who recently was honoured with a Doctor of Law degree in International Humanitarian Studies from the Dayspring Christian University, Association for Biblical Accountability in Education and Friends for Life Outreach Department of Training and Education for his involvement in outreach work, and other areas, as well as education.
His second honorary doctorate - the first was conferred in 2012 by the Cornerstone Christian University in Orlando, Florida, for his contribution to gospel reggae music - through his music career having performed at benefit shows and events in the role of motivational speaker and participated in programmes to provide prison inmates with scholarships for education.
“I’m representing the Kingdom of God,” real name Cleve Aman Laing says, “as I’m a follower of Christ. I am representing my country and its rich culture,” he continued, “for which the responsibility is on my shoulder to let people know that Jamaica is not synonymous with criminality - as some, who don’t know the country, may be made to think.
A volunteer and philanthropist, the king of the dancehall recently received an OD (Jamaica’s Order of Distinction) on the country’s National Heroes Day for his contribution to Reggae and Dancehall Music, Locally and Internationally, according to the National Awards proclamation.
He joins the ranks of other musical legends including U-Roy, Shabba Ranks, Yellowman, Sean Paul and Shaggy.