Pretty Yende received the Ordine Stella d’Italia (OSI) for her work in building extraordinary relations between Italy and other countries in Cape Town on December 10, 2019, making her the youngest South African ever awarded this accolade.
In his speech, Pollio described Yende both as a daughter of South Africa and of Italy and said she “was an extraordinary ambassador of the Italian culture in South Africa.”
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This has been the most extraordinary gift I could have ever wished for. Ordine Stella d'Italia (OSI)- an Italian knighthood presented by the Italian Consul in Cape Town Emanuele Pollio. Being a recipient of ‘The Order/knight of the Star of Italy’ deeply humbles and fills me with immense gratitude for such and extraordinary decoration💞#prettyjourney #prettyblessedgirl🤗