Inspiring 80-year-old Tsonga artist raises education awareness via art

Inspiring 80-year-old Tsonga artist raises education awareness via art

- Noria Mabasa is an 80-year-old Tsonga artist from Limpopo

- Through her artworks, she raises awareness about education and gender-based violence

- She began creating her artworks in the 1970s

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An 80-year-old Tsonga artist is inspiring thousands of South Africans through her artistic works that raise awareness on education and gender-based violence.

A Twitter user, Ulrich Janse van Vuuren, shared photos of Noria Mabasa and some of her artworks recently, learned.

According to News24, Mabasa has a gallery in Tshino village in Thohoyandou, Limpopo. She uses clay and dead wood to make her sculptures, some of which are life-sized.

The talented elderly lady first began creating her masterpieces in the 1970s. She hopes that her work would inspire the government to do more to improve access to education for the youth.

In a recent interview, she explained:

If nothing happens, our children will die suffering, like their grandparents. We sacrifice, but we are not seeing the changes.

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Mabasa's amazing creations have been displayed in galleries around the world, including in Canada and Britain.

Nevertheless, she is wary of middlemen, who she said have often shortchanged her. Despite this, she believes that art should be showcased for the public to see.

South Africans on Twitter have hailed Mabasa's talent and commitment to raise social issues. See some of their reactions below.

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