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Today, Word of Mouth Pictures announced in statement that actress,  Regina Nesengani, popularly known as Vho-Masindi  in Muvhango was conferred with a PhD degree by the University of South Africa  (UNISA).
Her  thesis done in  TshiVenda was about women abuse through dialogue on drama books written by male writers. The contention of the thesis was that because most if not all the drama books were written by men, women are often portrayed in a very negative light and are hardly portrayed as intelligent creatures who can think and make decisions for themselves. 
She says  that she chose to do her thesis in TshiVenda because she wanted to emphasise to people that the language is also an official language in South Africa.

Born in  Tshianzwane village, Limpopo the former teacher started teaching in 1975 after completing her Primary Teachers’ Course at Tshisimani Training College. The 65-year-old  grandmother of 12 completed her masters degree  while she worked as a primary school teacher is also a radio drama actor and has been in the acting industry for more than 30 years.  Regina,  whose  role on Muvhango was her first on television  juggled her masters studies  with her Muvhango duties. 
She says she got inspiration to study a PhD after  listening to an interview of an old lady on  SAFM who had just graduated with a PhD.

“I was very inspired by this lady . I said if she can do it so can I,” she said.
“I had a masters  degree  there was nothing  stopping me from pursuing a PhD.”
She adds 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 realized 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.”
“After her masters she researched more on the topic of GBV and found shocking discoveries. Dating back from the early 70s.  I discovered women  that were abused 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 to proceed with the topic. Regina says she hopes her study will add to the body of literature and knowledge on GBV issues. 
SABC in partnership with Word of Mouth Pictures will  celebrate this milestone with a graduation celebration party.  Details will follow soon.