Mr Qhawe Ndlovu, who hails from Northdene, recently graduated from UKZN with his Bachelor of Arts Honours (Digital Arts).
He celebrated with his mother, Mrs Nomsa Ndlovu, who is a UKZN staff member. An excited Ndlovu was guided on stage by his mother to accept his degree.
‘I am so proud of my eldest son. He has worked so hard and put in many hours to achieve his degree,’ said Nomsa.
‘I am a very happy parent right now. It was a long and difficult road for Qhawe to get to this point. It has been an exciting time for our family. It has been surreal. The joy of seeing him finishing this long journey is indescribable.’
Ndlovu is an experienced freelance artist with a demonstrated history of working in the animation industry. ‘I am constantly improving my craft and skills. Achieving this degree is an amazing feeling,’ he said.
‘I had never expected to feel this excited about the occasion but once you get there and see your family and friends cheering you on, there is an overwhelming feeling of joy and excitement that doesn’t stop even when the Graduation is over. It was one of the greatest days of my life. I’ll never forget this,’ he added.
His research is an investigation and analysis of contemporary 2D animation within the 20th and 21st centuries.
He advised other students ‘to work hard, set goals and work towards achieving them.’
Words: Melissa Mungroo
Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal