Hlengiwe Mhlaba awarded an honorary doctorate
Hlengiwe Mhlaba. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES).
Gospel star Hlengiwe Mhlaba has every
reason to be over the moon as she joins the likes of Rebecca Malope and Winnie
Mashaba who have honorary doctorates.
Hlengiwe received her Honorary Doctorate in
Theology from Immanuel University of Theology International at the weekend.
Read more: Rebecca
Malope speaks out about her childhood: ‘I left school in Grade 1’
The singer has been mum about the news on
her social media platforms but those close to her have expressed their
excitement for her achievement.
The Crown Gospel Music Awards announced on
the news on their social media and issued a statement.
“On the 15th February 2020, in Johannesburg
at Emmanuel University of Theology , Ms Hlengiwe Mhlaba was awarded with
Honorary Doctorate in Theology,” they posted on their Facebook
The awards organisers went on to express
their congratulations and what this actually means.
“As the World Gospel Powerhouse we strongly
encourage our gospel artists to consistently develop their craft so they can
position themselves for a recognition of this nature. We are truly ascetic for
such an honour awarded to an artist that has shown resilience and tanecity over
the years in the Gospel industry. Sithi: Shine sis' Hlengiwe may you continue
to reach even greater height in your music career,” read the statement.
In December last year, gospel star Winnie
Mashaba was also awarded an Honorary Doctrate by the Trinity International
Bible University (TIBU) for her work in music.
Read more: Gospel
star Winnie Mashaba receives honorary doctorate
In sharing the news, this is some of what
she had to say.
“I truly never thought that being
disciplined and humbled to the talent would one day give me an Honorary
Doctorate and also make me dine with Kings and highly respected leaders,” she
shared on social media.
Another powerhouse in the gospel industry
has been recognised for her contribution in the genre is Sis Ribs. Dr Rebecca
Malope received an honorary doctorate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and
the University of California for her contribution to the music industry.
Despite not understanding what it meant
initially, Sis Ribs has come to fully embrace it.