Also known as Queen B, Bonang Matheba is easily one of the most popular celebrities and definitely South Africa’s most popular television host. Her claim to prominence was as the host of SABC 1’s Live (currently Live Amp) from 2007-2012 alongside Tbo Touch.
Some of the shows she currently hosts include SABC 3’s Top Billing, Afternoon Express and the Metro FM’s The Front Row. She currently stars on the Afternoon Express with Danilo Acquisto, Jeannie D and Bonnie Mbuli.
Bonang is also a prolific brand ambassador. She has represented several top companies including Revlon, Distraction, Ciroc, Peugeot, Ipanema, Legit Edcon, Brutal Fruit, BIC Razors and Diva Divine Hair.
Her Humble Beginnings
The celeb TV host was born in Mafikeng on the 25th of June, 1987. Her father was a lecturer at the University of North West while her mother worked for an agribusiness company as the Corporate Head of Human Resources. Her parents later divorced and her mother got remarried and the new couple had a son – Thabo.
Along with Bonang’s older sister and her half brother – the entire family relocated to Johannesburg where Bonang attended Fourways High School and later enrolled at the University of Johannesburg to study Marketing.
She got her start at 15 years old
Bonang’s big introduction to the entertainment industry came in 2002 when the fifteen-year-old landed a gig as a presenter on Manhattan’s Fantasy Challenge on SABC 2. But her big break came in 2007 when she got a job as the new presenter for Live on SABC 1 with Tbo Touch and Andile Ncube. In a short while, she became one of the most in demand South African televisions host.
After becoming an overnight sensation in the country, she was tapped to host the 9th Annual Metro FM Awards in 2008 alongside Tbo Touch. In 2010, she also hosted the 16th Annual South African Music awards with Sizwe Dhlomo, Siyabonga Ngwekazi and Trevor Noah (who later took over from Jon Stewart as host of the American The Daily Show).
In 2011, Bonang was among the celebrities who joined the 3rd season of Tropika Island of Treasure (Thailand) as contestants. That same year, she hosted the 17th annual South African Music Awards which was co-hosted by Phat Joe.
Still in 2011, Bonang hosted the 9th Annual Channel O Music Video Awards, 2012, she also left Live. She joined SABC 3’s Top Billing as their newest presenter, boosting their viewership by over 200,000 viewers – thereby solidifying her role as the most in-demand presenter in the country.
The next year, she joined the cast of Clash of the Choirs on Mzansi Magic and guest starred on SABC 1’s Intersexions. After which, in 2014, she served as the judge for Miss South Africa.
For Bonang, this was only the beginning – her career has grown immeasurably ever since with Bonang even scoring a plush gig as co-host on Metro FM’s The Front Row.
Bonang dated South African Superstar, Slikour, before her rise to fame. Their relationship, while not short lived, did not stand the test of time. After their breakup, Bonang began dating Dj Euphonik in 2012. Despite rumors of abuse, infidelity and domestic violence, their relationship continued to thrive.
However, in 2012, Bonang pressed charges against DJ Euphonik on grounds of domestic assault but the couple later got back together. Despite the negativity surrounding his relationship with Bonang, DJ Euphonik is said to be one of South Africa’s most influential artists. He has been applauded for his annual one-day workshop which he uses to reach out to be people with aspirations to be a DJ.
By 2015, Bonang was alleged to be in a relationship with Nigerian artiste – D’banj after the pair attended MTV Africa Music Awards together in 2015
She is currently in a relationship with Musician and rapper – Kiernan Forbes better known by this stage name A.K.A. Since the couple got together, they have been constantly referred to as South Africa’s power couple.
A.K.A is not only known for his beef with Cassper Nyovest but also his hit songs – Victory Lap, Mistakes, Do It, and In my Walk. The rapper recently introduced Bonang to his family which could be interpreted as a sign of positive things to come.