Happy Wednesday! You know I love my girl B! If you follow my Instagram then you can attest to that. Bonang Matheba inspires me so much, it is only fair that she graces this week’s Hustle Wednesday.
In case you are new to the name, Bonang Matheba is a 30-year-old South African On-Air Personality. She began as the host of South Africa’s most watched entertainment show Live Amp on SABC 1- Mzansi Fo Sho and has since risen up the ranks by working as a Y FM radio deejay, host of The Front Row on Metro FM, Afternoon Express host on SABC 3, Red Carpet Correspondent for E! Entertainment and a presenter of SABC 3‘s lifestyle show Top Billing amongst many other television shows. She is the CEO of Bonang Matheba Entertainment that previously produced the first South African online reality TV Show B Dazzled and most recently Being Bonang that aired on Vuzu Amp in 2017. She has released an autobiography Bonang From A to B, that has emerged as one of South Africa’s best sellers. Bonang has graced the cover of several magazines, in South Africa, Nigeria and most recently, France. She was the first woman of color to grace Glamour Magazine in South Africa. She has a massive social media audience of over four million fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Her collection of emojis called Bmojis, released in 2017 are an addition to her growing digital legacy, coupled with her app Bonang by Cell C , that lets her fans in on her glamorous fashion sense. She is the global brand ambassador for Revlon Cosmetics (the first in Africa) and has a collection of lingerie with Woolworths SA dubbed Bonang For Distraction. She is a renowned events host, fondly known as the host with the most by her fans and has a couple of events under her belt including the DSTV Mzansi Viewers Choice Awards.
What more can a girl want?
I put together this excerpt from http://www.graziadaily.co.za/ to shade some light on Bonang Matheba’s empire.The interview was conducted in 2015. If it still interests you, read on:
1. How does it feel having achieved what most people don’t in a lifetime?
It’s unreal. I still wake up every morning in awe of how blessed I’ve been. Watching my hard work and dedication manifest into so many incredible achievements is enough to leave anyone in a state of disbelief sometimes. All this and I’m not even 29 years old yet! It’s an out of body feeling sometimes, especially when I meet young people who remind how my work has touched them or changed their lives.
2. What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?
Waking up every morning, healthy and happy, to do something I LOVE! I’ve found my God given purpose and THAT for me is the greatest achievement.
3. It’s been a big year for you awards-wise – and now you’ve also got a star on the Rosebank Walk of Fame. Tell us more about the honour.
This still needs to sink in- The African Global Heritage Foundation identified a few African personalities to receive stars on Africa’s FIRST ‘walk of fame’. They sent my team an email and told us the great news, so now I’m counting down to the event in Rosebank in May. Definitely ones of the BIGGEST achievements of my life.
4. What is the ultimate award that you want to win one day?
An Emmy for Best TV Presenter.
5. When you first hit the entertainment scene, did you ever predict you’d be this successful?
Yes. I’m a bit of an over-achiever, in school, in life and in everything I put my mind to. I always know what I want to do and who I want to become. From a young age, I knew I was going make an impact- whether in entertainment or the corporate world- I always knew, I wanted to be GREAT!
6. Despite your many accomplishments, you’ve managed to stay grounded. How is that?
I have an incredible, private support structure.
7. How so?
My family and my best friend- they are responsible for keeping me sane and on the ground.
8. What advice can you give to young women who strive to be like you one day?
Never underestimate the power of hard work, resilience, patience, and prayer. You can become and do anything you put your mind to if you’re willing to put in the hours.
9. You’re a master of all trades… What role do you enjoy the most?
TV Host, because that’s where it all started for me. It’s my strongest talent and it has opened many doors for me.
10. You inspire so many of your fans every day. Do you consider yourself a role model?
I don’t think about it. I consider myself as a young African woman, following her dreams and because of this has had the honour of inspiring other people around the continent.
11. Does that responsibility ever get too much for you?
12. You’re one of the most followed celebs on Twitter, FB and Instagram. Why is having a social media presence imperative to your brand?
Because we live in a digital era; I’m the most followed OAP in Africa. I use these mediums to interact with my supports, to share ideas and also to keep up to date with news and happenings around the world.
13. The amazing thing about your platforms is that you engage fully with your fans and interact with them on social media. Is what your followers say important to you?
Yes. They give me immediate feedback which is INCREDIBLE! As much as I love what I do and make sure I do it in a way that makes ME happy, I’m also an entertainer and my work depends on the enjoyment of those who receive it.
14. What do your fans mean to you?
They mean EVERYTHING! They know this. I call them supporters, not fans. Because they do more than ‘gas’ me up- in most cases they’ve been my pillar together with my family and friends.
15. Your life is constantly on the go, and your schedule is insane. Can you give us a quick look into a day in the life of Queen B?
It differs from day to day. But yesterday for instance,
Radio show from 10am-noon
Interview and cover shoot
Meeting with my Brand Team
Host Afternoon Express on SABC 3 at 16:00
Go home and make dinner and watch TV my bae.
16. You’re split between CT and Joburg – where do you call home?
I work in Cape Town and live in Johannesburg. Home is in Durban where my parents live.
17. Is it tough always being on the move?
Yes, it’s tiring.
18. Tell us how you let your hair down – do you ever wear sweatpants and have days where you just chill and catch-up on yourself?
Every night I dedicate an hour to replying to emails, catching up with my team, admin work and just chilling. But in order to chill properly, I need to go on holiday which I try do four times a year. Yes I have to make time for myself- I have to. My job is solely dependent on a healthy mind, body and soul- it’s imperative I take care of it.
19. Do you ever have time to hang out socially?
20. What qualities do you most admire in your female friends?
Honesty, maturity, and independence; my girlfriends are also very, very successful.
21. What do they do?
One works in Corporate SA, the other works in Kenya for the Department of International Relations.
22. You’re one of the most business-savvy people we know and, as a woman, you’re owning things in a male-dominated world. Do you ever feel intimidated or undermined by men in the corporate world?
23. How have you managed to sell the incredible brand that is Bonang Matheba?
In order for a brand to be successful, it needs to be consistent. Consistency creates an emotional connection. That’s what I’ve done with Brand Bonang. The quality of my work, my delivery, my appearance is always 100%. You always know you’ll receive a world-class package and experience with me- those are the core values of my brand. I also have a global branding team as well as a management team.
24. Do you ever have off days where you don’t feel gorgeous or perfect?
Oh YES! Absolutely, I think most women do. On those days, I just stay home in my PJs, with a bowl of cheese curls, some Tinkies and lots of trash reality TV.
25. What is your life’s motto?
Rise above. Return hate with love. Kill them with kindness then bury them with success.
26. Who is the person you’re most proud of?
Myself. I’ve stood the test of time. After all these years, I’ve proven to be stronger, more passionate, more ambitious and harder working then I could’ve ever imagined.
27. Are you afraid of death?
No. Even if I should die tomorrow, I’ve lived a full, satisfying life. I’ve fulfilled all my dreams, I’ve loved, I’ve been hurt, I’ve rejoiced, I’ve made history, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve inspired, I’ve danced, I’ve laughed, I’ve travelled- I’m good.
28. How do you want to be remembered?
As a hard working African girl, with global dreams- who weathered every storm to come out on TOP every time. As an ambitious little girl from Mafikeng who worked super hard to make ALL her dreams come true.
Read the full article, 200 questions for Bonang Matheba on http://www.graziadaily.co.za/