Kaya 959 Reporter
South African contemporary artist Dr. Esther Mahlangu was one of the biggest draw cards at Expo 2020 Dubai when she unveiled a pair Air Jordans (AJ1) worth an estimated $500,000 or R7.5 million.
The Expo 2020 Dubai, which was postponed by a year because of the global Covid-19 pandemic, hosts 192 participating nations, each with their own pavilion inside the 45,000-square-metre exhibition centre.
A range of sneakers were on display, each customised to represent South Africa’s 11 official languages.
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If you missed it, I feel bad for you kid.
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— moeti damane (@iamSANhedrin) November 3, 2021
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Mahlangu is world renowned for her colourful Ndebele-inspired art which has adorned a classic BMW, Rolls-Royce Phantom, British Airways airplane, and bottles of Belvedere vodka in collaboration with Grammy-award winning singer John Legend.
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The sneakers are valued at R7.7 million gets its real value in a showcasing fee which supports development of South African artists through the Ayashisa Amateki academy.
The Expo 2020 Dubai kicked off on Friday 1 October and will end on Thursday 31 March 2022.