Who is Bonang Matheba?
Bonang Matheba is a famous South African television presenter, radio personality, businesswoman, producer, model, and philanthropist.
Born in Mahikeng, North West, she is known for her flamboyant presenting skills and her signature voice.
She presented the SABC 1 music show LIVE (now Live Amp) which built her spotlight in the industry. She is also known for being the first Black South African to be featured in numerous magazines.
In 2011, she became the first South African celebrity to launch an online reality show called B*Dazzled. In 2013, she was the first international ambassador for the cosmetic brand Revlon, outside the US.
In 2014, she hosted the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards pre-show, which made her become the first South African to host the pre-ceremony.
In 2015, she became the first African to be given an E! News Special Africa on E!
In 2016, she graced the cover of Forbes Woman Africa, alongside three other women who were all given a headline for being the Faces of Entrepreneurship.
She released her book From A to B and premiered her own reality show Being Bonang, both in 2017. In 2018, she was featured on the power issue of GQ SA, for the September edition.
Early Life of Bonang Matheba
Bonang was born on 25 June 1987, in Mahikeng borough of North West, to Charlotte Mokoena, the Executive Vice-President for Human Resource and Corporate Affairs of Sasol, and Gampi Matheba, a senior lecturer at North-West University.
She is of the Bantu-speaking ethnic group Tswana.
The family relocated to Leondale, in the East of Johannesburg, while Bonang attended Fourways High School, a prestigious government co-ed school in Fourways, Johannesburg.
Bonang Matheba Career
In 2002, Matheba made her television debut on the SABC 2 kids’ show, Manhattan Fantasy Challenge while she was 15. She also appeared in other several SABC 2 kids’ shows.
In 2007, Matheba auditioned for the inaugural season of the SABC 1 music show LIVE (now Live Amp) after leaving varsity.
She has later crowned the winner of the show to co-host alongside Tbo Touch.
Her presenting duties were a huge success and that’s where her sobriquet “Queen B” was created.
Her final episode was aired on 31 August 2012 as she announced she was leaving the show.
After her departure from LIVE, she hosted several other shows including Clash of the Choirs SA, Afternoon Express, Top Billing, and KFC Taste Kitchen.
Matheba has hosted numerous award shows and prominent events notably being MTV Africa Music Awards 2016, Miss South Africa 2018, and hosted the pre-show for the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards and BET Awards 2016.
Rise to Stardom
On 2 December 2018, Matheba co-hosted the Global Citizen: Mandela 100 concert alongside comedian Trevor Noah, supermodel Naomi Campbell, and other notable public figures.
In 2008, Matheba made her debut drama role on the SABC 1 show, InterSEXions where she played Nurse Seipati.
As of 2019, Matheba starred in and co-produced the documentary film Public Figure, which premiered on March, 9 at Manchester Film Festival.
Matheba founded her production house called Bonang Matheba Entertainment in 2017.
The production unit has one show, which is the 1Magic reality show, Being Bonang which focuses and showcases Matheba’s daily life.
In 2009, Matheba received a call from radio station YFM in which she was told that she’ll be added to the new line-up of presenters.
She received her own weekend afternoon show called, “The B* Hive”, which was an instant success mainly focusing on young listeners. She then left the radio show in 2014.
Matheba was announced as a new radio DJ for radio station Metro FM in 2015. She replaced Siphokazi in January who became the new Metro FM veteran.
Matheba’s slot show The Front Row, had a great and joyful listenership until a dispute with the radio station’s manager.
After an on-air reshuffle that saw Bonang hosting the show alongside her rumored longtime industry rival Lerato Kganyago without her notification arose.
Outraged by their lack of communication, Bonang resigned from the radio station the next day.
In 2008, Matheba made a collaboration with retailer Legit in launching her first clothing line, “Just B”. She then partnered with a London-based designer to create a handbag collection called “Baby Star”.
In 2014, high-end South African retail brand Woolworths, revealed a collaboration with Bonang. They dropped a lingerie line “Distraction by Bonang”, which is still ongoing as new collections were introduced.
In 2018, Matheba alongside Superbalist dropped a collection of T-shirts named “BONANG by Bonang Matheba”. The T-shirts had famous Bonang quotes printed on them, including “Mo’ghel”, “Give the People What They Want” and “#IAmBonang”.
On 18 March 2019, Matheba exclusively partnered with Woolworths in launching a range of luxury Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) called, “The House of BNG”.
The venture made her the first black woman to be added to the Méthode Cap Classique Association.
Bonang Matheba Personal Life
In 2012, Matheba dated record producer and disc jockey Euphonik. Euphonik was charged with assault after it surfaced that he physically assaulted her.
She then dropped the charges after the couple reconciled. As she dropped the charges, people accusations that Matheba lied about the incident.
Matheba refuted these claims, stating: “I never anticipated how badly I would be treated when the story of my break-up was leaked.
It was one of the most painful experiences, and sometimes I am not sure how I survived”, a reference to him in her book, From A To B. She then removed the reference in the second version of the book.
From late 2015 to 2017, Matheba dated rapper AKA.
Their relationship was filled with controversy as they had an affair, while AKA was dating and impregnated disc jockey DJ Zinhle, who exposed their fling in August 2015, following their split.
From this point onwards, Matheba has kept much of her partners and personal life relatively private, and not much is known about it.
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Bonang Matheba Net Worth
Bonang Matheba has a net worth of $7.2 million USD. However, Bonang Matheba’s net worth in Rands is R100 million South African Rand, and her major source of income is generated from her career.
She is one of the richest celebrities in South Africa. Bonang Matheba is richer than DJ Zinhle as they are mostly compared to who is the richest.
She is known for her flamboyant presenting skills and her signature voice.
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Social Media Presence
Each day and each post has become a way to virtually influence people’s lives. Multitudes believe she possesses the magic wand to transform their lives and dreams.
She joined Twitter in 2010 and, by 2015, had over 5 million followers.
Aside from this, Matheba has more than 4.5 million followers on her Instagram handle and over 2.3 million followers on her Facebook page.
Her posts are guaranteed to receive numerous comments and shares.
She has become an authority on media, fashion – a must-follow socialite. Queen B to her loyalist does not underrate her growing global social media impact. “I wouldn’t be here if it was not for social media.”
The Bottom Line
In 2013, she was named the ambassador of cosmetic brand Revlon in South Africa. The deal made her the first international ambassador for the brand outside the United States.
In October 2016, Matheba was unveiled as an ambassador for the vodka brand, Cîroc in Africa, alongside fashion designer David Tlale, hip hop artist, Da L.E.S, and club DJ, DJ Dimplez.
After a trip to Brazil in 2017, she was named the new African Brand Ambassador for Ipanema sandals, taking over from Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen.
It was later revealed that during her trip she had taken meetings with the Brazilian sandal-makers and even shot an advertisement in Rio de Janeiro.
On 7 June 2017, Matheba released her autobiographical book From A to B written through Black Bird Books’ Thabiso Mahlape.
In 2018, Matheba signed an endorsement deal with cellular network Cell C, a deal that saw her partnering with them to also launch her own mobile app and an emoji pack called “BMoji”.
Other Bonang’s endorsements include Peugeot, BIC Razors, Brutal Fruit, Diva Divine Hair, Lifestyle Pads, and Courvoisier.
In 2020, Bonang was announced as Samsung South Africa’s ambassador, for their S20 range and the Z Flip.