Lemons Into #Lemonade-Buju Banton Receives Masters Degree in Jail


When Buju Banton was sentenced to jail several years ago, he mentioned that he will focus on academics. In a former article with the Jamaica Observer after his 10-year sentence was handed down in 2011, 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. Born Mark Anthony Myrie on July 15, 1973, and now more popularly known to the masses as Buju Banton was imprisoned on drug charges in 2011 in the Sam Gibbons US District Court in Tampa and has been languishing in a federal facility, serving a 10-year sentence.

Buju was arrested at his Tamarac, South Florida home in 2009 after United States authorities accused him of taking part in the purchase and sale of cocaine. He was captured on video tasting cocaine in a government-controlled warehouse in Tampa, Florida.

 “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,” said Myrie.

Buju has graduated from the University of New York on June 7, 2016, and earned his Masters Degree In Music Business Management.

This announcement of this achievement comes days after it also made public that due to good behavior, the Jamaican reggae superstar may have slashed about three years off his sentence as he was due to be released in 2019 but may see the sun by as early as September this year.

Sources close to Myrie have been tight-lipped and have refused to comment on the issue.