Bonang Matheba Bio/Wiki
Bonang Matheba is a renowned South African television presenter, radio personality, actress, and social media influencer known for her vibrant hosting style and distinctive voice.
She gained prominence through her role as the presenter of the SABC 1 music show LIVE, now known as Live Amp. Notably, she became the first Black South African to feature on numerous magazine covers.
In 2011, Bonang broke new ground by launching her online reality show, B*Dazzled, making her the first South African celebrity to do so. In 2013, she achieved another milestone by becoming the first international ambassador for the cosmetics brand Revlon outside of the United States.
Her trailblazing continued in 2014 when she hosted the pre-show for the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, becoming the first South African to host this prestigious event. In 2015, she made history as the first African to receive an E! News Special Africa feature. Bonang commands a substantial following on Instagram and Twitter, with over 5 million followers.
In 2016, she graced the cover of Forbes Woman Africa, where she was celebrated as one of the Faces of Entrepreneurship, alongside three other influential women. The following year 2017, Bonang released her book, “From A to B,” and premiered her own reality show, “Being Bonang.” In 2018, she was prominently featured in the power issue of GQ South Africa for the September edition, solidifying her status as a prominent figure in the entertainment and business world.
Bonang Matheba Age
Matheba’s birthdate is June 25, 1987, in Mahikeng, North West, South Africa, making her 36 years old in 2023.
Bonang Matheba Height
Matheba’s height is 5 feet 3 inches, which is equivalent to 1.53 meters.
Bonang Matheba Family
Matheba was born in the Mahikeng district of North West, South Africa. Her parents are Charlotte Mokoena, who serves as the Executive Vice-president for Human Resource and Corporate Affairs at Sasol, and Gampi Matheba, a senior lecturer at North-West University. Matheba belongs to the Tswana ethnic group, which is part of the Bantu-speaking community.
Bonang Matheba Husband/Boyfriend
Matheba had a relationship with the local hip-hop artist Slikour until 2009. Rumors circulated that Slikour ended their relationship through a Facebook message. In 2012, Matheba began dating the record producer and disc jockey, Euphonik. Euphonik faced assault charges after reports surfaced that he had physically harmed her.
However, she withdrew the charges after the couple reconciled. Some people accused Matheba of fabricating the incident when she dropped the charges, but she vehemently denied these claims. In her book, “From A To B,” she expressed how painful the public scrutiny of her breakup had been, saying, “I never expected the harsh treatment I received when news of our breakup became public. It was one of the most agonizing experiences, and at times, I’m not sure how I survived.” She later removed this reference in the second edition of her book.
From late 2015 to 2017, Matheba was in a relationship with rapper AKA. Their relationship initially began as an affair and was marked by controversy, as it occurred while AKA was dating DJ Zinhle, who was pregnant at the time. DJ Zinhle exposed their affair in August 2015 following her split with AKA.
Since then, Matheba has chosen to keep the details of her partners and personal life relatively private.
Bonang Matheba Education
Matheba’s family moved to Leondale, situated in the eastern part of Johannesburg. During this time, she attended Fourways High School, a co-educational government school located in Fourways, Johannesburg.
Bonang Matheba Career
Television and film
In 2002, at the age of 15, Bonang Matheba made her debut on television with the SABC 2 kids show, Manhattan Fantasy Challenge. She continued to appear in various other SABC 2 kids shows. In 2007, after leaving university, she auditioned for the first season of the SABC 1 music show LIVE (now Live Amp) and won, becoming a co-host alongside Tbo Touch. Her exceptional hosting skills earned her the nickname “Queen B.” She left the show in August 2012. Following her departure, she went on to host several other shows, including Clash of the Choirs SA, Afternoon Express, Top Billing, and KFC Taste Kitchen.
Matheba’s hosting talents extended to numerous award shows and high-profile events, including the MTV Africa Music Awards 2016, Miss South Africa 2018, and pre-shows for the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards and BET Awards 2016. On December 2, 2018, she co-hosted the Global Citizen: Mandela 100 concert alongside comedian Trevor Noah, supermodel Naomi Campbell, and other prominent figures.
In 2008, Matheba ventured into acting with her debut role on the SABC 1 show, InterSEXions, where she portrayed Nurse Seipati. In 2019, she starred in and co-produced the documentary film titled “Public Figure,” which premiered on March 9 at the Manchester Film Festival.
Matheba established her production company, Bonang Matheba Entertainment, in 2017. The company’s flagship show is “Being Bonang,” a reality series on 1Magic that provides a glimpse into Matheba’s daily life.
In May 2022, she co-hosted the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.
In 2009, Matheba received a call from YFM radio station, informing her that she would join their team of presenters. She hosted a popular weekend afternoon show called “The B* Hive,” which quickly gained popularity among young listeners. However, she left the show in 2014.
In 2015, Matheba started a new chapter as a radio DJ on Metro FM, taking over from Siphokazi January, who had become a veteran at the station. Her show, “The Front Row,” enjoyed a large and enthusiastic audience. However, a dispute with the station’s manager arose when an on-air reshuffle occurred, resulting in Bonang hosting the show alongside her industry rival, Lerato Kganyago, without her prior knowledge. Feeling frustrated by the lack of communication, Bonang resigned from the radio station the following day.
In 2008, Bonang Matheba ventured into the world of fashion by teaming up with retailer Legit to launch her inaugural clothing line called “Just B.” Subsequently, she collaborated with a London-based designer to craft a line of handbags named “Baby Star.”
In 2014, the high-end South African retail brand Woolworths unveiled a partnership with Bonang, resulting in the creation of the lingerie line “Distraction By Bonang.” This collaboration continues to thrive, with the introduction of new collections over time.
In 2018, Bonang Matheba joined forces with Superbalist to release a collection of T-shirts under the brand “BONANG by Bonang Matheba.” These T-shirts featured popular Bonang quotes such as “Mo’ghel,” “Give The People What They Want,” and “#IAmBonang.”
The House of BNG
On March 18, 2019, Bonang Matheba entered an exclusive partnership with Woolworths to introduce a luxury line of Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) known as “The House of BNG.” This collaboration marked a historic moment, as it made her the inaugural black woman to join the Méthode Cap Classique Association.
On June 7, 2017, Matheba published her autobiography, “From A to B,” with the help of Black Bird Books’ Thabiso Mahlape. Unfortunately, the book faced criticism from the South African public due to numerous spelling, grammatical, and factual mistakes. This backlash on social media prompted Exclusive Books, a major book retailer, to remove the book from their shelves. Eventually, a second edition was released, addressing and correcting many of the errors from the initial version.
In 2013, she became the ambassador for Revlon, a cosmetics brand in South Africa, making her the first international ambassador for the brand outside the United States.
In October 2016, Matheba was appointed as an ambassador for Cîroc, a vodka brand in Africa, along with fashion designer David Tlale, hip hop artist Da L.E.S, and club DJ DJ Dimplez.
Following a visit to Brazil in 2017, she was named the new African Brand Ambassador for Ipanema sandals, succeeding Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. During her trip, she held meetings with Brazilian sandal-makers and even filmed an advertisement in Rio de Janeiro.
In 2018, Matheba signed an endorsement deal with Cell C, a cellular network company. This partnership also involved the launch of her mobile app and an emoji pack called “BMoji.” Other endorsements for Bonang include Peugeot, BIC Razors, Brutal Fruit, Diva Divine Hair, Lifestyle Pads, and Courvoisier.
In 2020, Bonang was announced as the ambassador for Samsung South Africa, representing their S20 range and the Z Flip. In September 2020, she graced the cover of Glamour Magazine alongside model Rich Mnisi.
- Live Amp
- 18th South African Music Awards
- Top Billing
- Don’t Judge
- 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards
- Afternoon Express
- E! Africa Red-Carpet
- BET Awards 2016
- MTV Africa Music Awards 2016
- 2017 Namibia Annual Music Awards
- KFC Taste Kitchen
- Being Bonang
- 2017 DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards
- Miss South Africa 2018
- Real Talk
- 2018 DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards
- Global Citizen: Mandela 100
- Tropika Smoooth Fan
- PSL Awards
- Miss South Africa 2019
- Public Figure
Bonang Matheba Net Worth
Matheba’s approximate net worth is valued at $7 million.
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Bonang Matheba Announces Talent Agency in Pipeline
Renowned international socialite Bonang Matheba recently made a significant announcement regarding her upcoming venture. During her appearance as a guest on Thando Thabethe’s show “HerStory Unplugged” on 947, she unveiled her plans to launch a talent agency. This revelation comes on the heels of her recent and highly publicized separation from her previous management agency, Celebrity Services Africa.