Bonang Dorothy Matheba|
June 25, 1987
Mahikeng, North West
|Other names||Queen B*|
Fourways High School|
University of Johannesburg
Occasional Actress, Author
Radio Host and Businesswoman
|Years active||2002 - to date|
Thabo Mokoena (half-brother)
Bonang Matheba, (born 25 June 1987) mononymously known as Bonang, is a South African television personality, occasional actress, Author, radio host, and businesswoman. Her career began when she was 15 years old back in 2002 as the SABC 2's kids' game series, "Manhattan's Fantasy Challenge" presenter, however, it would be the 2007 Live auditions and her eventual victory in those auditions that would bring her to the attention of the wider audiences. Since then her career has been a groundbreaking one full of numerous "firsts" including being the first Black South African to feature on the cover of FHM Magazine SA.
- 1 Social Media
- 2 Early Life
- 3 Early Career
- 4 Sustained Success: 2009 - to date
- 5 Media
- 6 Bonang Matheba Select Magazine Covers
- 7 Bonang: From A to B Book Controversy
- 8 Distraction by Bonang
- 9 House of BNG: 2019
- 10 Personal Life
- 11 Filmography
- 12 References
- 13 Contemporaries
- 14 Pictures of Bonang Matheba
- 15 See Also
Bonang was born Bonang Dorothy Matheba on 25 June 1987 in Mafikeng (now Mahikeng) in the North West province of South Africa. She is one of two children to her mother and father, she has an older sister named Nthabiseng. Her mother Charlotte was the Corporate Head of Human Resources at a major agribusiness company, and her father Gampi was a senior lecturer at the University of North West. Her parents divorced and her mother later married Joe Mokoena and had a son, Thabo Mokoena, Bonang's half-brother. The family relocated to Leondale, in the East of Johannesburg.
Bonang attended Fourways High School and later attended the University of Johannesburg where she studied a Marketing course but later dropped out due to pressures brought on by the demands of her television work.
Bonang began her career on SABC 2 s kids' game series, Manhattan's Fantasy Challenge in 2005. Two years later she auditioned for a presenter role on the SABC 1 music show, Live. Bonang reportedly auditioned for 5 times for the role even traveling city to city across various provinces in pursuit of the opportunity.
It was this tenacity together with her talent that eventually convinced the judges. By this time she was also a Marketing student at the University of Johannesburg, after taking on the role of presenter on Live the demands of her job and newly found stardom became too demanding and she left the university.
Sustained Success: 2009 - to date
Bonang's success and influence grew in leaps and bounds in the years that followed. Already dubbed South Africa's Number 1 It Girl, in 2009, after numerous rejections by that station she was eventually added to the new line-up of on-air presenters. She had her own weekend afternoon show called, The B* Hive which was well received by the listeners. In 2011 she appeared for the first time on television as an actor in the hit drama series, InterSEXions, where she played Nurse Seipati. Bonang later remarked that he knew her limits, and respected actors and their craft and would not be pursuing a career in acting.
During her time on Live she hosted alongside Sizwe Dhlomo and then newcomer Minnie Dlamini who later attained her own success in the entertainment industry. In 2012 Bonang Matheba left Live after 5 years on that show and was replaced Luthando Shosha and Pearl Thusi alongside DJ Warras.
In December 2012 Bonang joined SABC 3's long running magazine lifestyle show, Top Billing as one of the presenters. In 2013 she began hosting the South African version of Clash of the Choirs and after two seasons she was replace by Lawrence Maleka. In 2015 she hosted the SABC 3 afternoon talk show, Afternoon Express, alongside Bonnie Mbuli, Jeannie D and later Danilo Acquisto. In July 2017 her own reality show, Being Bonang went on air on VUZU AMP.
She has also hosted a number of awards ceremonies including The Metro FM Music Awards, The MTV Africa Music Awards, The South African Film and Television Awards and The South African Music Awards. Bonang also hosted Miss South Africa, Tropika Island of Treasure and The Search: E! Host South Africa.
In 2019 Bonang Matheba starred in a feature length documentary, Public Figure. The documentary "focuses on the effects of society's growing obsession with social media". Public Figure premiered on 24 January 2019 at Sundance Film Festival in the United States. The film was later screen at Encounters Film Festival in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
In the course of her career Bonang has featured in numerous campaigns and magazine covers including; Woolworths South Africa lingerie line, being Ambassador for Ciroc Vodka in Africa, being the first ambassador outside of the USA for Revlon, being African Brand Ambassador for Ipanema sandals and signing an endorsement deal Cell C.
Bonang was the first Black South African to feature on the cover of FHM Magazine SA (2011), the first South African star to appear on the cover Cleo Magazine SA (2011), the first Black South African to cover Glamour Magazine SA (2014), the first South African to host the MTV EMA’s red carpet (2014) and the first South African to get their own E! News Special in Africa (2015).
Breakfast Club Interview 2019
In November 2019 Bonang Matheba was interview in The Breakfast Club, a New York City based radio show hosted by DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God. While the interview covered a myriad of topics, most notably, it was a diamond ring Bonang Matheba wore which made headlines. When asked if she was married, she replied no and went on to elaborate that the ring was a "stop nonsense".
"It’s called ‘stop nonsense’" she said, pausing while the hosts laughed. "I swear, in South Africa a wall, a barricade that fences your house, is called a stop nonsense," Bonang Matheba said. She further elaborated, "Men actually don’t approach me. They don’t, and it’s okay. But I will eventually have children and get married when I’m done – when I find a nice guy. I think men in general are a tough category, they’re a very tough wall to break down. Men are strange, hey."
Bonang Matheba Select Magazine Covers
Bonang: From A to B Book Controversy
Bonang authored an autobiography titled Bonang: From A to B which was released to unrestricted rebuke, condemnation and mockery. The book became a talking point on social media after users pointed out that Bonang's birthday was published as 24 June, when it is 25 June. Much of the criticism pointed out grammatical and factual errors. However, in the ensuing mockery and rebuke, the publisher of BlackBird Books Thabiso Mahlape, said she took responsibility for the errors.
"I take full responsibility for what happened. The last thing I want is for black people to be accused of mediocrity and I should do better. It's on me as the publisher. I ought to have done better. It was my mistake. I wrote that line and it went through all the various processes and no one caught it...it happens," Thabiso Mahlape said.
While Bonang was quoted by TshisaLIVE saying, "We will be the sacrificial lambs. We will take the rubbish so that those (black girls') that come after us don't have to".
The book was removed from the store shelves, corrected and later re-released to a much tamed reaction. The relaunched version following the recall included to notable omissions, those of Bonang's former best friend Somizi Mhlongo and ex-boyfriend Euphonik.It is understood that this was due to legal letters sent demanding that their names and any references to them in the book be removed.
"As daunting as the process was, it taught me that sometimes things do fall through the cracks, and I felt it was a lesson that could not only be learned by me, but also by those that are to come after me. I truly am grateful to my fans for the love and continued support that they have shown me through it all – and continue to be by my side," Bonang said at the relaunch.
Distraction by Bonang
Bonang Matheba has a line of lingerie, Distraction by Bonang, in Woolworths which was launched in 2013. According to Woolworths November 2013 statement, Bonang Matheba is closey involved in the design of the lingerie.
House of BNG: 2019
In 2019 Bonang Matheba launched her line of MCC Brut and Brut Rosé, House of BNG. Both, the Brut and the, are produced and bottled by Villiera Wines in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
"We have some of the world’s best grapes here in South Africa and so I decided to make a Méthode Cap Classique wine – which is made in exactly the same way as champagne but using Cape grapes. This is my love letter to Africa and I’m excited to introduce it to the world" Bonang Matheba said in a media statement.
House of BNG was review by food24 and they concluded;
The House of BNG's bottle is full of boldness and bling - much like Bonang herself and although the opaque packaging might look unusual and vastly different to many other sparkling wine bottles in SA... I've seen a growing number of spirit bottles taking this opaque direction in their packaging, making me think there's a new trend in keeping the liquid 'under wraps'. - food24
The wine's nose has a heady biscuit-y aroma from the yeast - giving it a fundamental MCC character with wafts of ripe berries following through. The first sip is strikingly crisp with a nice balance of fruit and acid (we found this Rosé surprisingly dry - but enjoyable) with a gloriously zippy stream of fine beads. The aftertaste is filled with faint raspberry notes and some lingering lemon zest. - food24
Early on, perhaps even before Live fame, Bonang Matheba dated Slikour, a South African rapper known for his days as the member of the rap super group Skwatta Kamp. In 2016 after having been in a high profile tumultuous relationship with DJ Euphonik and while in a relationship with famed rapper AKA, Bonang remarked in an interview (with Slikour) that Slikour was her best boyfriend.
"There is so much that you have done for me personally and in terms of my career. There is a lot of things people don’t know about us," she said. "Until this day I will never speak ill of you. I will never say anything negative about you because you have never been an a**hole towards me. He was 50% responsible for my Legit deal. He put all that together for me. I know how a man is supposed to treat a woman because of you," Bonang in an interview.
Bonang was in a high profile relationship with DJ Euphonik which was marred by allegations of domestic abuse. DJ Euphonik has long maintained that he never physically abused Bonang, while Bonang insist that DJ Euphonik physically abused her. DJ Fresh who is a vocal champion of no violence against women and children and a close friend of both Bonang and DJ Euphonik when questioned on his silence and what happened between the pair, he replied;
"I’ll tell you why I never made a comment on it, because they are both people I love. The one says this and the other says that, what do I say?I’ve always made it clear, my friends know how I feel about woman abuse and he swore to me that he never beat her up.She said he did. In fact, for me, that’s why I’d hoped that it had gone to court so that it gets to breathe there and hopefully, the truth comes out, because the truth lies somewhere between the two of them" DJ Fresh said a caller on his Metro FM breakfast show.
Relationship with AKA
Bonang Matheba was in a relationship with South African rapper AKA. The rumour had endured until then AKA's girlfriend DJ Zinhle accused the pair of having an affair behind her back. It was not long before the pair confirmed they relationship. This led to numerous subtle feuds including that between Bonang and Pearl Thusi. In the months that followed the Bonang and AKA flaunted their relationship for all to see including red carpet appearance and even doing a YOU magazine interview together. The pair's relationship eventually fell apart and this paved the way for public bitterness that followed. AKA criticised in his song, Beyoncé, while Bonang claimed that she missed nothing about him.
"I miss nothing, or I don't know, maybe he was funny, I guess - that's it", Bonang said in a Drum magazine interview.
|2005||Manhattan's Fantasy Challenge||Herself||Kids Show, co-host|
|2007 - 2012||Live||Herself||Co-host|
|2010||16th Annual South African Music Awards||Herself||Digital Host|
|2011||Tropika Island of Treasure Thailand||Herself||Contestant|
|2011||17th Annual South African Music Awards||Herself||Co-Host|
|2011||InterSEXions||Nurse Seipati||Drama Series, Guest Star|
|2012||9th Channel O Music Video Awards||Herself||Co-Host|
|2012 - to date||Top Billing||Herself||Magazine Show|
|2013 - 2014||Clash of the Choirs South Africa||Herself||Host|
|2014||57th Miss South Africa||Herself||Host|
|2014||8th South African Film and Television Awards||Herself||Red Carpet Host|
|2015||Presenter Search on 3||Herself||Magazine Show|
|2015 - 2017||Afternoon Express||Herself||Judge|
|2016||22nd Annual South African Music Awards||Herself||Co-Host|
|2016||6th MTV Africa Music Awards||Herself||Co-Host|
|2017||The Search: E! Host South Africa||Herself||Guest Judge|
|2017 - to date||Being Bonang||Herself||Host|
|2018||61st Miss South Africa||Herself||Host|
- Bonang Matheba, About Me, 26 July 2018
- TVSA, Bonang Matheba, 26 July 2018
- Top Billing, Bonang Matheba, 26 July 2018
- Marie Clair, Getting To Know The real Bonang Matheba, 26 July 2018
- Times Live, 'I take full responsibility for the errors' - Bonang's book publisher, 26 July 2018
- Times LIVE, Just how well is Bonang's House of BNG doing? Woolworths says good, 24 November 2019
- Times LIVE, From public figure to House of BNG - Bonang Matheba is taking over 2019, 24 November 2019
- Times LIVE, WATCH | Queen B scores international award & here’s how she celebrated, 24 November 2019
- Food24, We tasted Bonang's bubbly - and here's what we thought, 24 November 2019
- Woolworths Holdings, TOP BILLING'S BONANG MATHEBA COLLABORATES WITH WOOLWORTHS TO LAUNCH THE NEW DISTRACTION LINGERIE RANGE, 24 November 2019
- Drum/Channel24, Bonang Matheba explains why she wears a huge rock on her ring finger, 24 November 2019
- IOL, Bonang Matheba is moving to the US after the Sun Met, 24 November 2019
- Channel24, Bonang Matheba on her big move: 'I’m moving to the US after the Sun Met next year', 24 November 2019
- Citizen, Bonang Matheba cried after finding out she is E!’s African Influencer Of The Year, 24 November 2019
- eNCA, 'This ring is a stop nonsense': Bonang Matheba, 24 November 2019
- YFM, Bonang app makes over R40 million a month | App creation 101, 24 November 2019
- Instagram, bonang_m, 27 December 2019
- Twitter, @bonang_m, 27 December 2019
- Facebook, @bonangmatheba, 27 December 2019