Mzanzi’s well renowned Ndebele artist Mam’ Esther Mahlangu has done amazing work worldwide, from working with legends to creating iconic pieces and today at 81 receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday
Speaking to The Star, Esther expressed that she was humbled by the recognition saying:
“Being recognized at home is such a blessing. It shows that my people still see the great work that I do,” she said.
UJ to confer honorary doctoral degree on renowned South African Ndebele artist, Esther Mahlangu— University of JHB (@go2uj) April 9, 2018
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The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture at UJ, says that he the recognition was to appreciate her contribution to arts and breaking barriers
“With this honorary doctorate, we recognize Esther Mahlangu for her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur, skilfully negotiating local and global worlds, and as an educator. Indeed, as a visionary individual, she traverses what to others are insurmountable political barriers,” says Professor Federico Freschi”
Mama Esther is truly an inspiration to other artist and today, proves that consistency and hard work can go a long way.
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