South African A-listers who have graced the prestigious Harvard University stage

Lindiwe Mazibuko. (Photo: Getty Images)
Lindiwe Mazibuko. (Photo: Getty Images)

Harvard University is one of the most prestigious institutions in the world.

The university based in Massachusetts in America boasts a distinguished academic reputation due to its deliberate and meticulous consideration of each applicant – and some of our favourite South African luminaries have had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the university.

Take a look:

Nelson Mandela

In September 1998, the late Nelson Mandela delivered a speech Harvard after becoming just the third person in the history of the university to be awarded an honorary degree.

Lindiwe Mazibuko

After stepping down as parliamentary leader of the Democratic Alliance in 2014, Lindiwe Mazibuko enrolled at Harvard University. She received her master of public administration (MPA) from Harvard Kennedy School the following year and is now a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics.


Nelson Makamo

Artist Nelson Makamo took major strides in the art world after his oil painting appeared on the cover of Time Magazine's Optimists issue in 2019. According to Okay Africa, in March Makamo received a Vanguard Award from the Harvard African Students' Association during their Africa Week celebrations.

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Nandi Madida

Media personality Nandi Madida and her husband, musician Zakes Bantwini recently celebrated his 40th birthday and also revealed that he’s been accepted at Harvard University.


DJ Sbu

In March 2018, DJ Sbu went to the Harvard Business School in Boston to take part in a discussion on African business and entrepreneurship.


Source: Harvard, OkayAfrica, Instagram, Twitter