Bonang Matheba: A Trailblazer in Entertainment

Bonang Matheba

Bonang Matheba, a dynamic force in South Africa’s entertainment industry, has established herself as an award-winning television presenter, radio personality, actress, and social media icon. Born on June 25, 1987, in Mahikeng, her journey to stardom began with her captivating presence on the SABC 1 music show LIVE (now Live Amp), where her flamboyant style and distinctive voice earned her the moniker “Queen B.”

Bonang Matheba

Born 25 June 1987 (age 36)

Mahikeng,North West, South Africa
Other names
  • Queen B
  • Your Girl B
Alma mater University of Johannesburg
Occupations
  • Television presenter
  • radio personality
  • actress
  • model
  • businesswoman
Years active 2002–present
Partner AKA (2015–2017)

Career

Matheba’s pioneering spirit led her to launch the first South African online reality show, B*Dazzled, in 2011, setting a new standard in digital entertainment. She quickly became a trailblazer, becoming the first Black South African to grace numerous magazine covers and securing groundbreaking endorsements, notably as the international ambassador for Revlon outside the US.

Her influence continued to soar as she made history hosting the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards pre-show, marking a significant milestone for South African talent on the global stage. Matheba’s impact expanded with an E! News Special Africa, showcasing her prominence across continents.

Beyond her media accolades, Matheba’s entrepreneurial acumen shines through her ventures. She founded Bonang Matheba Entertainment, producing the hit reality series Being Bonang, offering fans an intimate look into her life. Her collaborations with fashion giants like Woolworths and Superbalist, along with the successful launch of her luxury Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) line, “The House of BNG,” in partnership with Woolworths, underscore her diverse business portfolio.

Matheba’s legacy extends beyond entertainment; she’s known for her philanthropic endeavors and advocacy work. Despite facing challenges and controversies, she remains a beacon of inspiration and empowerment, with a massive following on Instagram and Twitter. Bonang Matheba’s impact on African media and culture is undeniable, solidifying her status as a true icon and trailblazer in the industry.

Personal Life

Bonang Matheba’s personal life has been a subject of public interest, especially her relationships. She was romantically involved with local hip-hop artist Slikour until 2009, amidst rumors of a breakup via a Facebook message. In 2012, she dated record producer and DJ Euphonik, who faced assault charges following allegations of physical assault against Matheba. Despite initially pursuing legal action, Matheba dropped the charges after reconciling with Euphonik, which led to public scrutiny and accusations of dishonesty.

Matheba’s relationship with rapper AKA from late 2015 to 2017 also attracted controversy. Their affair began while AKA was in a relationship with DJ Zinhle, who later revealed the affair after their split in August 2015, during her pregnancy. Matheba has since opted to keep details of her personal life and subsequent relationships private.

Filmography

  • 2007–2012: Live Amp as Herself (Host)
  • 2011: InterSEXions as Nurse Seipati (Television series)
  • 2012: 18th South African Music Awards as Herself (Host)
  • 2012: Top Billing as Herself (Presenter)
  • 2013: Don’t Judge as Herself
  • 2014: Zaziwa as Herself (Guest)
  • 2014: 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards as Herself (Pre-show host)
  • 2015–2016: Afternoon Express as Herself (Presenter)
  • 2016: E! Africa Red-Carpet as Herself (Host)
  • 2016: BET Awards 2016 as Herself (Pre-show host)
  • 2016: MTV Africa Music Awards 2016 as Herself (Co-Host)
  • 2017: 2017 Namibia Annual Music Awards as Herself (Host)
  • 2017: KFC Taste Kitchen as Herself (Host)
  • 2017–2019: Being Bonang as Herself (Main role)
  • 2017: 2017 DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards as Herself (Host)
  • 2018: Miss South Africa 2018 as Herself (Host)
  • 2018: Real Talk as Herself (Guest)
  • 2018: 2018 DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards as Herself (Host)
  • 2018: Global Citizen: Mandela 100 as Herself (Co-host)
  • 2018: Tropika Smoooth Fan as Herself (Celebrity Guest)
  • 2019: PSL Awards as Herself (Host)
  • 2019: Miss South Africa 2019 as Herself (Host)
  • 2023: Miss South Africa 2023 as Herself (Host)

Film:

  • 2019: Public Figure as Herself (Appearance, Co-producer)

Conclusion

Bonang Matheba stands out as a trailblazer in the entertainment and media industry, leaving an indelible mark with her multifaceted talents and entrepreneurial spirit. From her captivating presence on television to her successful ventures in fashion and beauty, Matheba has consistently pushed boundaries and broken barriers. Despite facing challenges in her personal life, she remains an inspirational figure, admired for her resilience and determination. With a legacy marked by achievements, influence, and a commitment to excellence, Bonang Matheba continues to shine as a true icon in African entertainment.

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