The State of the Nation Address is just hours away. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to deliver the much-anticipated address. However, the spotlight is on praise singer Masingita Shibambu, who is tasked with ushering in the President into the Parliamentary chambers.
Masingita Shivambu is popular in her hometown of Malamulele, Limpopo. She has perfected her craft at Sunday school, parties and funerals of close relatives and friends in the area. Today she will be honored to welcome the country’s first resident.
The first-year University of Limpopo student was happy to be recognized and to welcome President Ramaphosa with her own XiTsonga home language.
“This gave me so much courage and I started dreaming of going to Parliament to usher in President Ramaphosa,” said a visibly excited Shibambu.
“In all [the] places I’ve been, I represent and embrace my culture by my traditional outfit, Xibelani na minceka. I was born to be a praise singer and when I am on stage, I make sure I excel. I have [a] YouTube channel as proof,” said a beaming Shibambu.
The young poet, who jetted off to Cape Town on Tuesday for her rehearsals, firmly believes in the empowering role of education.
The President will deliver the SONA at 7pm
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