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Unisa awarded an honorary doctorate to literary doyen, OK Matsepe

Literature doyen, the late Oliver Kgadime Matsepe, who established himself as a prominent figure in South African literature, especially advocating for the Sepedi dialect of the Sesotho Sa Lebowa, was honoured with an honorary doctorate by the University of South Africa (Unisa) at a graduation ceremony held at its Muckleneuk Campus in Pretoria on Friday, 19 April 2024 at 18:00.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Languages, Linguistics and Literature (Honoris Causa), was conferred on Mr Matsepe in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the tapestry of South African cultural heritage and literature. The degree was awarded posthumously.

Matsepe’s body of works serves as a powerful reminder of literature’s ability to bridge time and place, providing insights, promoting understanding and nurturing a sense of identity and continuity.

His venture into writing produced a remarkable collection of novels and poetry that vividly portray the vibrant life and culture of his community. His novels, notably “Sebatakgomo” (1954) and “Kgorong ya Mošhate” (1960), explore the depths of human experiences and societal complexities. His poetry collections such as “Kgotla o Mone” (1968) and “Todi  Ya Dinose” (1968), reflect his deep contemplation of the human spirit, cultural identity and the natural environment.

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Publish date: 2024/04/19