PHOTOS | Mmabatho Montsho unveils the artist in her

EFF national spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi stepped out to support his actress, director and artist girlfriend Mmabatho Montsho at the launch of her solo art exhibition, Manyano, in Johannesburg, on Friday night.

Ndlozi was joined by EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu and Montsho's famous friends Sello Maake ka Ncube, Rami Chuene, Renate Stuurman, Zenanda Mfenyana, Angie Khumalo, Tango Ncetezo and Vuyo Ngcukana.

Looking like a regal African beauty in a monochrome printed kaftan and layered doek, Montsho had the room roaring with loud cheers during her opening speech as she gave Ndlozi a clear nod.

"My family is here. My father is here hiding somewhere in the back; he's like me, very shy.

"My older brother is here, he's tall, so I can see you. My sister, who sits me through all the pain and journeys that brought me here today, she's here. My person is here," she paused before she continued to recognise her mother.

"And of course my muse, inspiration and everything, my mother, is here.

"My mother is not shy. Wherever we are, I know I must look in the front," she jokingly said.

In return Ndlozi, standing next to Mpofu, had a giddy smile from the crowd.

The two were joined at the hip for most of the night, with Ndlozi later taking to social media to congratulate Montsho on her exhibition.

"Congratulation to the goddess @MontshoTheBlack for her first solo exhibition... The paintings are both an aesthetic achievement and deeply spiritual."

The exhibition kicked off with the Methodist Church Manyano Women, including Montsho's mother, dressed in their scarlet uniform.

They set Constitution Hill Women's Jail alight with a powerful rendition of gospel anthem Noyana.

The 20-piece exhibition features a large array of oil paintings of the Manyano Women, with a standout piece, titled Mama, featuring a head-and-shoulders portrait of Winnie Madikizila-Mandela in red church uniform.

Two artworks featuring Zion Christian Church (ZCC) women in their distinctive bright hued yellow uniform add contrast.

"Tonight is really about letting go of something that was so personal for a long time and handing it over, I guess, to everyone to interpret it," Montsho said.

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