Bonang Matheba is a South African television presenter, radio personality, businesswoman, producer, model and philanthropist. Born in Mahikeng, North West, Bonang Matheba is known for her flamboyant presenting skills and her signature voice. She presented the SABC 1 music show LIVE which thrust her into the spotlight. She is also known for being the first black South African to be featured on numerous magazines.
In 2011, she became the first South African celebrity to launch an online reality show called B*Dazzled. In 2013, Bonang Matheba became 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 the entertainment channel, E!.
Bonang Matheba made the cover of Forbes Woman Africa in 2016, 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.
BONANG MATHEBA: BACKGROUND
In 2002, Bonang 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, upon finishing varsity studies, she auditioned for the SABC 1 show “LIVE“. She was later crowned the winner of the show to co-host alongside Tbo Touch.
Mtheba’s presenting duties were a huge success and it was through that, the sobriquet “Queen B” was created. Her final episode was aired on 31 August 2012 as she announced she was leaving the show. After her depart from LIVE, she hosted several other shows including Clash of the Choirs SA, Afternoon Express, Top Billing and KFC Taste Kitchen.
Bonang Matheba has hosted numerous award shows and prominent events notably being MTV Africa Music Awards 2016, Miss South Africa 2018, and hosted the pre-shows for the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards and BET Awards 2016. On 2 December 2018, she 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, she starred 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 currently 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.
Bonang Matheba was announced as a new radio DJ for radio station Metro FM in 2015. She replaced Siphokazi January who became the new Metro FM veteran. Her 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.
On 7 June 2017, Matheba released her autobiographical book From A to B written through Black Bird Books’ Thabiso Mahlape. The book received negative publicity from the South African public, with many lambasting the book on social media regarding its litany of spelling, grammatical and factual errors. The outcry led to the book being pulled from store shelves by book retailing giant Exclusive Books. It was later replaced with a second edition where many of the previous errors were corrected.
By Oluwamayowa Akinyemi
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