up a post at the Wesleyan Mission School in King Williams Town in 1935. Pemba finally turned professional in the late 1940’s, and held his first solo exhibition East London. Despite that most thought his profession was inappropriate for a ‘native’ ,Pemba persevered with his work thanks to the support of a few patrons and his wife Eunice.
Pemba was also a writer of note, and penned at least two plays known to have been staged. He was later awarded with an honorary Masters’ Degree from University of Fort Hare in 1979 for his contribution to art. The South African Government bestowed George Pemba with the “order of Ikhamanga in gold” at the National Orders awards on 19 October 2004, for his pioneering and exceptional contribution to the development of the art of paintings and literature.