Alumni Impumelelo Edition 2


Mahlangu, who with song, cheers and a standing ovation accepted an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday, 9 April 2018. “With this honorary doctorate, we recognise Esther Mahlangu for her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds, and as an educator. Indeed, as a visionary, she traverses what to others are

“Through my art, I have seen the world. In turn, the world learned about my Ndebele

heritage. I speak isiNdebele, I walk isiNdebele and I wear isiNdebele – it is my culture. I am humbled and honoured to receive this prestigious accolade for keeping my culture alive for the generation to come after me.” This was the sentiment of South Africa’s foremost Ndebele artist and international icon, Esther Nikwambi



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