Reggae veteran Buju Banton has reportedly graduated from the University of New York on June 7, 2016.
The Jamaican artiste, whose real name is Mark Myrie, has earned his Masters Degree in Music Business Management.
In 2011, during a telephone conversation with the Jamaica Observer, Banton stated that he was attending classes inside the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa and planned to attain a master’s degree by the time his federal sentence is served. He was adamant that he would not crumble under the pressures of incarceration and said he was determined to make good out of his troubles.
“I am already going to classes. I have passed the acceptance test and I will be studying political science and economics. I hope to get a master’s by the time I am released,” Banton said.
“I can do anything I put my mind to; you know that. I have balls of steel. People who know me know that I am very determined and will achieve my goals despite hardships. I will not allow the system to conquer me,” the artiste declared.
Many fans have took to social media to congratulate the “Not An Easy Road” deejay.
“That’s right Mr Myrie, they may be able to imprison your body but they can’t imprison your mind, your ambition, your drive & your intellect. 👏👏👏👏,” says a fan.
“There you go and no university loan to pay off either! So it’s a win win situation,” says another.
In January, the US Federal Bureau of Prison indicated on its website that the “Hills And Valleys” artiste, whose given name is Mark Myrie, is to be released on December 8, 2018 instead of the February 2019 date that was initially set for his release.
Buju was remanded in Miami in December 2009, where he was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine.
He was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in 2011.