Nomusa Makhubu has exhibited in South Africa, France, Germany, Swaziland and Reunion Island after receiving the ABSA L’Atelier Gerard Sekoto Award in 2006 as well as the Rhodes Amnesty International Woman of the Year Award (Art). She was nominated as the presenting artist for the Business Day: Business and Art South Africa (BASA) Awards in 2008. Makhubu became an Abe Bailey fellow in 2008 which involved a travel bursary to the United Kingdom and aims to effect co-operation and understanding among those with various language and cultural backgrounds. Funded by the Würth Scholarship, her M.A. research focussed on politics of identity and sexuality where she interrogated traditionalisms, culturalism and African-ness. She has presented research papers examining visual politics in contemporary South African art.