#TrendingAwards2018: The Zodwa Wabantu Leadership Award

Rasta paints a portrait of Jabulani ‘HHP’ Tsambo at the rapper’s memorial service earlier this year
Rasta paints a portrait of Jabulani ‘HHP’ Tsambo at the rapper’s memorial service earlier this year

Last year, #Trending came up with the Zodwa Wabantu Leadership Award to celebrate South Africans who are extra.

Naturally, the first winner was Zodwa Wabantu herself. This year’s Zodwa Wabantu Leadership Award goes to none other than our beloved VVIP funeral artist and facilitator of national mourning periods, Lebani “Rasta” Sirenje.

Why? Because, despite being teased, criticised and dragged on social media for his unique interpretation of our late stars, Rasta is tenacious, confident, authentic and determined to share his talent with Mzansi.

Rasta, we take our hats off to you and hope in future to be as bold and unshaken by criticism as you. 

Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Lebani “Rasta” Sirenje
Lebani “Rasta” Sirenje paints Mam' Winnie Mandela


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