-Two of South Africa's leading universities have decided to bestowed honourary doctorates on two internationally known, South African artists, each of whom epitomise the artistic excellence of South Africa
- The university currently known as Rhodes, announced this week that it would be honouring Yvonne Chaka Chaka
- Mama Esther Mahlangu, will be conferred with an Honourary Doctorate by the University of Johannesburg
African women excel in a variety of fields, but really sparkle in the arts with many having received widespread recognition of their work on both the African continent and across the globe.
Briefly.co.za recently learned that the university currently still known as Rhodes will honour musical legend, Yvonne Chaka Chaka with an honourary doctorate.
Chaka Chaka is a well known singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. She is to be honoured in what the university has described as the “first ever such event” in Johannesburg.
However much she appreciated the honour, Chaka Chaka was today seemingly overcome by the sense of loss.
The university announced a that a special event would be held for the recipients.
“For a university to confer an honorary doctorate in absentia is an unusual occurrence. It is appropriate that we acknowledge and celebrate these individuals in a manner that is befitting of recipients of the highest accolades conferred by the university, hence this extraordinary ceremony,” said vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela. Chaka Chaka's humanitarian efforts have spanned more than two decades both locally and internationally.
Meanwhile, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced that the University of Johannesburg will be bestowing the honour upon artist, Mama Esther Mahlangu, for "her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur & educator, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds".
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