Esther Mahlangu. Picture: Instagram

This gogo is certainly a phenomenal woman. Esther Mahlangu is Destiny magazine's latest cover girl and counts Somizi Mhlongo among her fans. 

The 81-year-old Ndebele artist recently collaborated with BMW in a lucrative deal which saw her artwork used in the luxurious BMW 7 series.

Mahlangu has previously worked with an alcohol brand and her work has been honoured internationally.

According to South Africa.net, Esther has exhibited locally and abroad in Australia, America, Japan and in many European countries, and was also awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver by the South African presidency for her contribution to the development of indigenous Ndebele arts.

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The Idols SA judge and Metro FM presenter took to Instagram to salute Mahlangu. He wrote: “This is not just a cover. It's a memoir. A souvenir. A must have in yo wall or coffee table. @khanyidhlomo and yo team. U have outdone yo selves. Good luck on topping this next month. This is the cover of the decade. Gogo Esther i bow”.

CEO of Ndalo media and founder editor of Destiny magazine, Khanyi Dhlomo posted on Instagram as she saluted Mahlangu:

She wrote:

“Africa you are Beautiful. Africa you are Powerful. Africa you are the Cradle of Humankind. Africa you are the Now. Africa you are the Future. Believe it. Embrace it. Celebrate it. Few embody this view better than Mama Esther Mahlangu cover star of the September #HeritageIssue of @destinyconnect on sale from tomorrow.

“We salute her for living her heritage with such dignity, authenticity, love and tenacity. We salute her for eloquently demonstrating that so long as we can breathe we can imagine. Through our imagination we can create a magnificent reality. What an inspiring icon she is. May she continue to rise and stir up in all of us a deeper love for our heritage, art and creativity. Halala Mama Esther.”