Muvhango’s Regina Nesengani gets conferred with a PhD

Actress Regina Nasengani was recently conferred with a PhD Degree by UNISA.
Actress Regina Nasengani was recently conferred with a PhD Degree by UNISA.
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Celebrated South African actress Regina Nesengani - who plays the role of Vho-Masindi on SABC 2’s Muvhango - has personified the famous saying “it’s never too late to follow your dreams”; she has obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the age of 65.

She was conferred with a PhD by the University of South Africa (UNISA) last week, and wrote her doctoral dissertation in her home language of TshiVenda focusing her study on Gender Based Violence.

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The actress said that her topic was inspired by the prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV) in her community while she was still studying for her masters.

“I realised that women  were not happy in their homes. I  was also touched by many stories of women who were abused by their partners.  I was shocked that this was happening in 2020 with all the awareness and education on GBV," she said in a statement. 

She added that after completing her Masters, she did more research on GBV and her findings shook her to the core.

“I discovered that women were abused even in the Bible. I was shocked to learn that even women abused each other.  I then made a proposal to my supervisor around the topic and I got approval,” she said.

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She completed her Masters degree while juggling a job as a primary school teacher as well as her acting duties on Muvhango.

She revealed that part of her inspiration to pursue her PhD was an old lady who had just graduated with a PhD sharing her story on SAfm.

"I was very inspired by this lady. I said if she can do it so can I. I already had a Masters degree so there was nothing stopping me from pursuing a PhD," she said in a statement.

She also added that it was important for her to complete her thesis in TshiVenda because she wanted to further emphasise to people that the language is also an official language in South Africa.

The SABC in partnership with Word of Mouth Pictures is set to celebrate this milestone with a graduation celebration party in December. 

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