South African television presenter, radio host, actress, and social media influencer Bonang Dorothy Matheba was born on June 25, 1987. She is well-known for both her distinctive voice and her colorful presentation style. She hosted the SABC 1 music program LIVE (now Live Amp), which helped her gain notoriety in the business. She was also the first Black South African to appear in various periodicals, which makes her well-known.
She was the first South African celebrity to introduce B*Dazzled, an online reality program, in 2011. She served as the first Revlon cosmetics brand ambassador outside of the US in 2013.
She created history in 2014 by becoming the first South African to host the pre-show for the MTV Europe Music Awards. She was the first African woman to receive an E! News Special Africa on in 2015.
Along with three other women, she appeared on the cover of Forbes Woman Africa in 2016 with the headline “The Faces of Entrepreneurship.” In 2017, she published her book From A to B and debuted her own reality series Being Bonang. In September of 2018, she was highlighted in GQ SA’s power issue.
Bonang Matheba’s Early life
The daughter of Gampi Matheba, a senior lecturer at North-West University, and Charlotte Mokoena, the executive vice-president for human resource and corporate affairs of Sasol, Bonang was born on June 25, 1987 in the Mahikeng borough of North West. She belongs to the Tswana ethnic group of Bantu speakers.
While Bonang attended Fourways High institution, a public co-ed institution in Fourways, Johannesburg, the family moved to Leondale in the East of the city.
Bonang Matheba’s Career
Television and film
At the age of 15, Matheba made her broadcast debut in 2002 on the SABC 2 children’s program Manhattan Fantasy Challenge. She additionally made appearances in various more SABC 2 kids programs. After graduating from college in 2007, Matheba went on the SABC 1 music program LIVE (now Live Amp) for an audition. Later, she was chosen as the show’s winner to co-host with Tbo Touch. Her presenting duties were a great success, which is how the moniker “Queen B” came to be. On August 31, 2012, she broadcast her final episode and announced her departure from the program. She presented a number of other programs following her departure from LIVE, including Clash of the Choirs SA, Afternoon Express, Top Billing, and KFC Taste Kitchen.
The MTV Africa Music Awards 2016, Miss South Africa 2018, and the pre-shows for the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards and BET Awards 2016 are among the noteworthy award ceremonies and notable occasions Matheba has hosted. Alongside comedian Trevor Noah, supermodel Naomi Campbell, and other prominent public figures, Matheba served as co-host of the Global Citizen: Mandela 100 performance on December 2, 2018.
Matheba played Nurse Seipati in her first drama role on the SABC 1 program InterSEXions in 2008. 2019 saw Matheba co-produce and appear in the documentary Public Figure, which had its world premiere on March 9 at Manchester Film Festival.
In 2017, Matheba established her production company, Bonang Matheba Entertainment. The production team only has one program, the 1Magic reality series Being Bonang, which centers on and highlights Matheba’s day-to-day activities.
She co-hosted the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards in May 2022.
The radio station YFM called Matheba in 2009 and informed her that she would be joining the new lineup of presenters. She was given her own Sunday afternoon program, “The B* Hive,” which quickly became popular with youthful listeners. Later, in 2014, she quit the radio program.
2015 saw the introduction of Matheba as a new radio DJ for Metro FM. She took Siphokazi January’s place as the new veteran of Metro FM. Before a disagreement with the radio station’s manager occurred over an on-air switch that had Bonang anchoring the show with her reported longstanding nemesis Lerato Kganyago without her notification, Matheba’s slot show The Front Row enjoyed a large and happy listenership. The following day, infuriated by their lack of communication, Bonang left the radio station.
Matheba launched her first apparel line, “Just B,” in 2008 in partnership with retailer Legit. After that, she collaborated with a London-based designer to produce the “Baby Star” line of handbags.
High-end South African retailer Woolworths announced a partnership with Bonang in 2014. They released the “Distraction By Bonang” lingerie line, which is still available when new collections are released.
In 2018, Matheba and Superbalist released the “BONANG by Bonang Matheba” line of T-shirts. Famous Bonang sayings like “Mo’ghel,” “Give The People What They Want,” and “#IAmBonang” were emblazoned on the T-shirts.
The House of BNG
An upscale Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) line dubbed “The House of BNG” was exclusively launched on March 18 by Matheba in collaboration with Woolworths. As a result of her endeavor, she became the organization’s first black woman.
Bonang Matheba’s Other projects
She was chosen as the South African ambassador for the Revlon cosmetics line in 2013. She became the brand’s first ambassador outside of the United States as a result of the agreement.
Along with hip-hop musician Da L.E.S, club DJ DJ Dimplez, fashion designer David Tlale, and DJ Dimplez, Matheba was introduced as an ambassador for the vodka brand Cîroc throughout Africa in October 2016.
She replaced Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen as the new African Brand Ambassador for Ipanema sandals after visiting Brazil in 2017. It was later discovered that she had meetings with Brazilian sandal manufacturers while on her trip, and she had even had an advertising in Rio de Janeiro shot.
2018 saw Matheba negotiate an endorsement contract with the mobile provider Cell C, as part of which she collaborated with them to release both her own app and a “BMoji” emoji pack. Peugeot, BIC Razors, Brutal Fruit, Diva Divine Hair, Lifestyle Pads, and Courvoisier are just a few of the brands that Bonang has endorsed.
In 2020, Bonang was named the Z Flip and S20 range ambassador for Samsung South Africa. She was on the cover of Glamour Magazine in September 2020 alongside the model Rich Mnisi.
On June 7, 2017, Matheba published her autobiographical book From A to B, which was authored by Thabiso Mahlape of Black Bird Books. The book garnered bad press from the South African public, who berated it on social media for its long list of factual, grammatical, and spelling problems.The book was removed from store shelves by book retailing behemoth Exclusive Books as a result of the uproar. Later, a second edition was substituted for it, with many of the earlier faults fixed.
Bonang Matheba’s Personal life
Matheba dated the local hip-hop musician Slikour till 2009. Slikour allegedly dumped Matheba in a Facebook message, according to rumors. Matheba dated the DJ and record producer Euphonik in 2012. Following reports that he had physically assaulted Euphonik, he was charged with assault. After the couple made amends, she later withdrew the allegations. People claimed that Matheba had lied about the incident as she withdrew the charges.
These allegations were denied by Matheba, who said: “I had no idea how I would be treated when the news of my breakup was released. In her book From A To B, she makes mention to him and writes, “It was one of the most agonizing experiences, and sometimes I’m not sure how I survived. When she revised the book, she later deleted the allusion.
Matheba dated rapper AKA from late 2015 to early 2017. Their relationship, which began as an affair, was dogged by controversy because it occurred when AKA was dating DJ Zinhle, who eventually made the affair public after the couple split up in August 2015.
Since then, Matheba has maintained a largely discreet relationship history.
Bonang Matheba’s relationships
Bonang and Euphonik
Bonang’s first romance in the spotlight was with DJ Euphonik, but it ended after they got into a violent argument. After filing charges against Euphonik, Bonang eventually withdrew them because they had privately worked things out.
Bonang and D’banj
Back in 2015, there were rumors that Bonang and D’Banj were dating. The rumors were furthered by the two locking lips at the MTV MAMAs when D’Banj was named as the winner of an award. However, their romance ended suddenly and without warning.
Bonang and AKA
After that, Bonang dated rapper AKA for two years. One of the most publicized celebrity pairings in the South African entertainment sector was theirs.
They split up in 2017, and AKA tweeted several times to confirm it.
During her 12-year media career, the media darling has been nominated for and won a lot of honors.
Here is a list of some of the honors she has received:
SA Style Awards, 2014: Most Stylish Media Personality
2015: SA Style Awards’ “Style Icon of the Year”
2015: Channel 24’s Social Media Awards named me the year’s top digital influencer.
Most Fashionable Female Celeb – You Spectacular Awards 2016
You Spectacular Awards: Favorite Couple
Radio personality of choice – You Spectacular Awards
Where is Bonang Matheba originally from?
The capital of South Africa’s North West province is Mahikeng, often spelled Mafeking and formerly known as Mafikeng. Mafikeng, which is close to Botswana’s border with South Africa, is 260 kilometers west of Johannesburg and 1,400 kilometers from Cape Town. There were 49,300 people living there in 2001.
What qualifications does Bonang Matheba have?
What credentials does Bonang Matheba possess? She graduated from Johannesburg’s Fourways High School and afterwards enrolled at the University of Johannesburg. She started working toward a marketing bachelor’s degree but left before graduating. This followed her obtaining her first employment while still in school.
How did Bonang make her money?
Fashion. Matheba launched her first apparel line, “Just B,” in 2008 in partnership with retailer Legit. After that, she collaborated with a London-based designer to produce the “Baby Star” line of handbags. High-end South African retailer Woolworths announced a partnership with Bonang in 2014.
Is Bonang in a relationship?
When she revealed that she is in a relationship, media personality Bonang Matheba stirred much controversy. Her becoming involved in the incident caused a lot of talk, making her a trend on numerous social media sites.
Is Bonang Matheba a billionaire?
According to Forbes, Bonang Matheba’s net worth as of 2022 will be over $7 million, or roughly 100 million Rands. One’s liabilities are often subtracted from their assets to determine their net worth.