Nigerian-born/British artist, singer and actress, Patti Boulaye will, on Friday 29th January, become a recipient of one of Britain's highest honours - Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

She will receive her medal from the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace.

Boulaye, who gained international recognition after starring in Lux commercials in the 1980s, will also be releasing her memoirs, today Monday 25th January.

Born to an Efik (Calabar) mother and an Okpanam (Delta Igbo) father, Boulaye was  among the leading black British entertainers in the 1970s and 1980s.

She was also well known in the Nigerian acting circles of the 1970s, featuring in Jab Adu's "Bisi, Daughter of the River", and hosted her own show - the Patti Boulaye Show.

Boulaye joins the league of other British citizens with Nigerian origin like Sade Adu, Sophie Okonedo and Chiwetel Ejiofor who have been bestowed with the OBE.