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South African artist Dr Esther Mahlangu honored with UNISA doctorate

  • Self-taught artist Dr Esther Mahlangun has received an honorary doctorate from the University of South Africa (Unisa)
  • Dr. Esther Mahlangu is known for her bold, large-scale contemporary paintings that reflect her Ndebele heritage
  • She subsequently opened a school in her home village and was named the first female artist to be commissioned to decorate a BMW car

South African artist Dr. Esther Mahlangu is making her mark by receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of South Africa (Unisa).

The South African artist Dr.  Esther Mahlangu received an honorary doctorate from UNISA.
South African artist Dr Esther Mahlangu has been honored with a UNISA doctorate. Image: Esther Mahlangu
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Dr. Esther Mahlangu receives an honorary doctorate from UNISA

According to the press release seen by Short news, the self-taught artist was recognized for her aptitude for mathematics. The Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) in mathematics. The event took place on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at the Unisa Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria.

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Unisa confirms that Dr. Esther’s work surpasses art by awarding her an honorary doctorate in mathematics.

Speaking at the opening of the 2024 autumn graduation season, Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Puleng LenkaBula said:

“Here at Unisa we recognize Dr Mahlangu’s work as something that transcends art. It is our firm belief that her work is a form of mathematics and should therefore be recognized as such. As an African university, we have a responsibility to recognize and affirm our indigenous knowledge systems and ensure that they do not play a subordinate role to other knowledge systems in the world.”

The self-taught artist opens a school

The multi-award winning, globally acclaimed visual artist is known for her striking, elaborate modern paintings that reflect her Ndebele heritage. In addition to producing unique and avant-garde works of art that pay tribute to her past, she also shares her knowledge and skills with the public and the younger generation.

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She founded an art school in her hometown where she teaches adults and children traditional Ndebele painting and beading techniques.

Dr. Esther became the first female artist to be commissioned to decorate a BMW car in traditional Ndebele fashion in 1999, the first ‘African Art Car’. The South African national treasure has inspired many people in all areas of life.

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Short news previously reported that a young woman is changing the narratives after being named the black female recipient of a PhD in Applied Data Science from the University of Johannesburg.

According to the University of Johannesburg News, a lady named Khensani Xivuri graduated from the institution in 2024 with flying colors. The woman obtained a PhD in Applied Data Science from the university.

Source: Kort Nieuws