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South Africans Celebrate Legendary Artist Dr. Esther Mahlangu’s Honorary Doctoral Degree

"We may now call her Dr. Esther Mahlangu."

The legendary artist, who is known for her colorful graphics, received an honorary doctoral degree at the University of Johannesburg on Monday night.

"We recognize Esther Mahlangu for her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds, and as an educator," said Professor Federico Freschi, the executive dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) at the university.


Mahlangu, 83, carved her own lane in the arts industry by referencing her Ndebele culture in her graphics. Her work is celebrated by South Africans and the world alike.

One of her most celebrated international accolades is the creation of the BMW Art Car, first in 1991 and again in 2017, which made her the first woman and African to ever embellish the car. She was commissioned by the automobile giant to create artwork on the BMW 525i and the 7 Series.

Below are some tweets from Mahlangu's graduation and reactions from her fans.

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