Bonang Matheba Biography: The House of BNG, New Show, Children, Forbes Africa, Age, Early Life, Career, Book, AKA, Style, Dresses, House, Car, Net Worth - Updated, 31st July 2020

The Queen who went from mo'ghel to mogul

By  | Mar 31, 2021, 09:20 AM  | Bonang Matheba  | Top of The

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South Africa’s media darling Bonang Matheba is so famous her toes have their own Instagram page. 

She's an award-winning media personality and businesswoman and is more times not, the person promoters, organizers call on when they want their events to be successful.

Now, Bonang has levelled up by adding champagne connoisseur to her extensive resume with her own line of 'champopo's', The House of BNG.

Here's a look at her biography.

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Bonang Matheba bought her first home at the age of 22. She became a multiple-property owner when she bought her second house at 29. Bonnag has shown off her fabulous homes in two segments on Top Billing.
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Bonang & The House of BNG

The Queen, the nickname her fans have given her, had her luxurious beverage brand, the House Of BNG, turned one years-old just yesterday. Bonang introduced us to her MCC last year when she launched it, in a swanky and star-studded launch, attended by the heavyweights of Mzansi's showbiz.

Bonang Matheba at the House of BNG launch in 2019.

The alcoholic beverage has been receiving some great impressions from the masses, who have had the pleasure to pop its cork. Bonang became the first black woman to become a member of the Cap Classique Producers Association with her MCC.

To add onto that success, 2020 was going so well for Bonang and she celebrated her beverage being the best selling MCC at Woolworths. 

The ever-so-popular Bonang Matheba announced on her social media accounts that her two original variants, Brut and Brut Rosé, which retail for R399 each at Woolworths, have become the number one selling MCC. Adding another accolade to the champagne's brand. 

Bonang is also the first black woman who is a member of Cap Classic Producers Association. This label instilled doubt to many people, questioning whether she can pull it off or not.

"Entering the luxury beverage market has had its challenges of course but through strategic planning with a clear vision and a great team who understood all the logistics, it has proven a success. There are many moving parts, so you have to keep your eye on everything, all the time," she told the publication.

A Very Bonang Year

With much anticipation and baited breath from the fans, Bonang's new show just broke the viewership records. Queen B's show broke the record of the number of people who tuned in to a SABC show.  Well, it's no surprise, as the show was highly talked about show on social media before it's debut and after it aired.

“A Very Bonang Year” gave viewers a look into the media personality's plans for her global expansion and her next steps in her career as she dominates as a businesswoman.

Bonang Matheba's A Very Bonang Year Part 2 has broken records by garnering over 2 million viewers on SABC 1. This is an improvement from the record-breaking part 1 of her reality show which gained approximately 1,86 million viewership.

It was also social media's hot topic as the #AVeryBonangYear hashtag reached an astounding 2.2 billion impressions over the broadcast period.

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Is Bonang ready to settle down?

Queen B assured fans that her future definitely does consist of kids however at the moment she still wants to focus on her career and her lifestyle that involves a lot of travelling, alcohol and partying.

The entrepreneur and reality TV star went on Instagram Live for an interview with IOL where she opened up about the pressures people put on her in terms of marriage and starting her family now that she is in her 30s.

"My life right now I want to party, to enjoy my alcohol beverages, to go to night clubs and party. I want to get on an Emirates plane at two o'clock in the morning and not stress anybody," she said.

She said when she does eventually have kids her life will completely stop but she wants that to happen when she has enough money to do so and not be completely dependent on the father of her kids should he lose his income.

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Bonang has always said she's a boss but her recent cover shoot for Forbes Africa solidifies that she isn't all talk.

Bonang revealed today that she is the cover girl of Africa's most influential business magazine Forbes Africa's March issue

The issue features a list of movers and shakers across the African continent including Ugandan Diplomat and Executive Director of UNAIDS Winnie Byanyima, South African Businesswoman Irene Charnley and Cameroonian Tech Entrepreneur Rebecca Enoncho.

Bonang Matheba Age 

Bonnag Matheba was born on June 25, 1987. She is 33 years old. 

Bonang Matheba Early Life

She grew up in the North West’s capital city, Mahikeng. Her full name is Bonang Dorothy Matheba. Bonang’s parents, Charlotte Mokoena and Andrew Gampi Matheba were her biggest role models growing up. Her father is a respected professor. Bonang’s mother is currently the Executive Vice-President for HR and Corporate Affairs at Sasol. 

Bonang's family moved to Johannesburg when she was still a child. She lived in Hillbrow and Soweto’s Pimville community before making it big in the entertainment industry.

Bonang’s happy family unit ended when her parents separated. “They gave me love and attention. It was a physical separation, but the love they had for each other and me outweighed everything that was happening around me,” she said in the documentary, Six Zeros To My Name

Bonang has two half-siblings, model Reabetswe 'Rambi' Sechoaro, and younger brother Thabo Mokoena.

Bonang Matheba Birthday 

Bonang Matheba is known for throwing herself lavish birthday parties. Her 30th birthday party in 2017 cost a whopping R500 000. The event took place at Summer Place in Hyde Park – one of Johannesburg’s most exclusive venues. 

“It is going to be a big party… .I’ve saved for over two-and-a-half years, so the budget is crazy – it’s like a wedding,” she told S Magazine ahead of the big day. 

Dancers from the Joburg Ballet Company were on hand to perform on the night. Bonang looked stunning in a custom-made dress by local designer, Gert-Johan Coetzee. Planner to the stars, Precious Thamaga from Precious Celebrations, helped Queen B create the spectacular party.
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Bonang Matheba's Career

Bonang, who is a Global Citizen ambassador, has also been described as a style icon. 

Her work ethic is comparable to that of Beyoncé. The stars share the same nickname, Queen B. 

Bonang has won numerous awards since making her TV debut on Manhattan Fantasy Challenge in 2002 at the age of 15. 

She got her first big break TV break on SABC 1’s popular music show, Live AMP. Queen B co-hosted the show from 2007 to 2012. 

Bonang has also worked on Afternoon Express, Clash of the Choirs SA and Presenter Search on 3.

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Her other TV appearances include InterSEXions, Tropika Island of Treasure 3, 10 Over 10, Glambition, Miss South Africa and BBC World News.

Bonang had a successful radio career on YFM and Metro FM. 

The road to success is not without drama. Bonang has reportedly had beefs with some of her famous peers including Pearl Thusi and Lerato Kganyago.

With more than eight million followers on all her social media pages combined, Bonang has some of the most loyal fans on the continent.

She won the “Best Inspiration and Influence” award at the Global Social Awards in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2019.

Bonang Matheba Book 

Bonang Matheba released her best-selling book, From A to B, in 2017. She detailed her journey to stardom in the book and shared some intimate details about her life, including the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-boyfriend.

While she did not mention her ex’s name in the book, it is widely known that Bonang accused DJ Euphonic of domestic violence during their relationship. He denied the allegations.

Bonang's on-again, off-again friend, Somizi Mhlongo, threatened to sue her over the contents of the book. Bonang claimed in her book that she stopped speaking to her BFF after he became friendly with her abusive ex-boyfriend. Somizi denied her version of events and did not waste time sending her a legal letter.

“We confirm sending a letter to Ms Bonang Matheba’s management regarding the usage of our client’s name in her book. Our client doesn’t have a problem with his name being used in the book as long as the details and information relating to the events are truthful. Our concern at this stage is that this is not the case,” Somizi’s spokesperson Thato Matuka told the Sunday World in 2017.

The former frenemies are back on good terms. Queen B was one of the guests at Somizi's traditional wedding in 2019.
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Bonang’s book was also mocked by Twitter users. They spotted several errors in the book, including a line that featured her incorrect date of birth.

Bonang Matheba & kids

Bonang Matheba does not have a daughter and has stated in several interviews that she is in no rush to have children. The TV presenter does, however, love kids and wanted to be a teacher growing up. 

Bonang is planning to open a school in Soweto. Her late grandmother, who helped raise her, lived in Soweto and she only has fond memories of the township. Bonang’s no-fee private school will reportedly be a community-driven facility with mothers getting an opportunity to work there.

Queen B also has a bursary fund that helps girl pursue their tertiary studies after high school. She hopes to put 300 girls through school by 2030. 

Bonang Matheba and AKA

Bonang Matheba’s relationship with rapper AKA was the talk of the town in 2015. The couple’s romance allegedly started while AKA’s girlfriend, DJ Zinhle, was pregnant with their first child. Zinhle accused on her blog in a post about their break-up. Both Bonang and AKA denied the cheating claims and threatened to sue. Neither one ever did, and it soon became clear they indeed were a couple. 

After months of toying with their fans, AKA and Bonang made their relationship official on Instagram in 2016. Their romance ended in late 2017.
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She has since been matched up with several celebrity men but Bonang remains that she is very much committed to her career and would really appreciate it if everyone would keep her name out of their mouths when it comes to her, AKA and DJ Zinhle.

Bonang Matheba Style

Bonang Matheba’s trendy casual style is admired by women all over Africa. Her fashion sense has earned her several awards including a SA Style Award in 2015.  The key to Bonang’s casual style is her expensive taste in shoes. 

Bonang once admitted to owning over 200 pairs of shoes. South Africa’s media darling is known for her love of designer labels. She has forked out thousands of Rands on her shoes. One of her most expensive purchases was a pair of  Guiseppe Zanotti heels, which cost around R11 000. She owns several shoes from the brand!

“I spend my money on shoes. Have you seen my Instagram? I’m so bad. I’m terrible. I don’t know how many pairs of shoes I have. Maybe 200, 300,” she said on Six Zeroes to My Name

Some of Bonang’s favourite designer brands include Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, Chanel and Dior.

Here’s a look at some of her casual style looks.
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Bonang Matheba Dresses 

No VIP red carpet event is complete without Bonang Matheba making a grand appearance in one of her custom-made dresses. Queen B spares no expense when it comes to her dresses. She is known to fly New York-based stylist, H.Diddy, to help her get ready for some of her big MC gigs. The stylist has worked with stars such as Beyoncé and Angela Simmons. 
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Bonang Matheba Car 

Bonang has owned several luxury cars including several Mercedes Benz vehicles over the years.  She currently drives around in a white Mercedes G-Wagon. 

Bonang Matheba turned heads in 2015 when she bought herself a Mercedes CLA 45 AMG for Valentine’s Day. “....bought myself a Valentine's Day gift. Single girl problems,” she captioned a picture of her new rise.
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Bonang Matheba Net Worth 

Bonang Matheba’s net worth in 2015 was R7.2 million. Since then Queen B has started several businesses, launched an emoji app called BMoji, released a best selling book, and bagged several endorsement deals. 

Bonang also has her own lingerie line with Woolworths and a T-shirt line with Superbalist. She is believed to earn as much as R500 000 to host big events such as the MTV Africa Music Awards, Miss South Africa and the South African Music Awards (SAMAs). 

The Revlon SA brand ambassador launched a new business venture in 2019, House of BNG. 

“Welcome to the House of BNG… two years in the making & my love letter to Africa!! I introduce my brand new Brut & Brut Rosé MCC… it’s time to celebrate!!” she wrote March 2019. 

The bubbly has been flying off the shelves ever since. Bonang has plans to start other businesses in the future, including her very own shoe line.

Bonang also owns a production house called Bonang Matheba Entertainment. The company is responsible for her successful reality show, Being Bonang.

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