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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Graphic Design student impresses reality star Somizi

IMPRESSED: Reality star Somizi Mhlongo wearing the jacket. IMPRESSED: Reality star Somizi Mhlongo wearing the jacket. Source: Twitter

Graphic Design student Olwethu Patuleni never imagined that a portrait he made of the late actress Mary Twala would cause a social media stir and catch the attention of one of SA’s biggest reality stars.

After hearing of Twala’s passing earlier this month, Olwethu  made a portrait of the late actress, who is the mother of popular TV personality, Somizi Mhlongo, and posted a picture thereof on Facebook. “When I switched my phone on again, I was shocked by the results. People were commenting and sharing the picture and it ended up being shared on Twitter as well where it was seen by Somizi.”

In a post shared on Twitter, the Idols judge said that when he saw the portrait, he was immediately drawn to it  “and that’s when I had the idea of him making a portrait of my parents on a denim jacket”.
Mhlongo added that he initially wanted to wear it to his mother’s funeral but realised that “time was not on our side”.

Olwethu said he couldn’t believe it when he was contacted by the celebrity’s personal assistant.
“They sent me two pictures and I immediately started working.” He completed the project in just a few hours.

Mhlongo was clearly impressed with the final product. “Oh boy did hea deliver,” he stated on social media, adding that he was probably only going to wear the jacket once and then frame it. He also expressed gratitude towards Olwethu for adding a framed picture of Twala as a surprise gift.

Olwethu said he was grateful to Mhlongo for the opportunity.

Written by Ilse Fredericks


Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.