Mpho Wa Badimo (Real Name: Michelle Dimpho Mvundla; born August 9th, 1994) is a 28 years old reality TV star who is best recognized as the winner of the Big Brother Mzansi Season 3. Mpho Wa Badimo’s net worth is estimated at over R2.8 million.
Before attaining fame following her participation in the famous Multichoice reality TV series, Mpho had minor modeling roles and worked equally as a make-up artist. She entered the Big Brother Mzansi competition worth over R800,000, and after winning the grand prize of R2 million, Mpho Wa Badimo’s net worth is estimated at over R2.8 million. The Daveyton-born manly acquired her fortune through her works as a Sangoma (spiritual healer) and YouTuber.
She is a certified African doctor and an advocate of Idlozi. Throughout the years, she has mostly conducted her healing consultation by virtual means and boosted her net worth with consultation fees paid by her clients. Since winning the Big Brother Mzansi show, Mpho Wa Badimo has established a budding career in entertainment and hopes to launch her talk show soon.
What is Mpho Wa Badimo’s Real Name?
Mho Wa Badimo was born Michelle Dimpho Mvundla. She adopted her professional name “Mphowabadimo,” meaning the gift of the ancestors, after being cognizant of her spiritual gift. From a young age, the reality TV star knew she was different.
She has been possessed by the spirit of her ancestors, known as Idlozi, and has a gift of healing through the African perspective. After rejecting her calling for years, she finally yielded to it and decided to be identified by the name, Mphowabadimo.
Being the Gift of the Gods comes with great sacrifices. I don’t live just for myself but fulfilling my life’s purpose. I appreciate you family & this is not goodbye but il definitely see you later. A new chapter awaits me. I am MPHOWABADIMO THE ADVOCATE OF IDLOZI🌊💛🕯✨. pic.twitter.com/l1UkijQmMb
— MPHOWABADIMO. (@MPHOWABADIMO22) July 4, 2022
How Old is The Big Brother Mzansi Season 3 Winner?
Mpho Wa Badimo, the winner of Big Brother Mzansi Season 3, is 28 years old. Her birthplace is Daveyton town, located in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality of Gauteng. Mpho was raised alongside her brother by her mother, Mrs. Mvundla.
She hardly talks about her father and has been her family’s sole provider since her mother was retrenched from work. She comes from a close-knit family that support each other’s endeavors. This was evident when her family campaigned for Mpho’s stay in Big Brother House by printing T-shirts to support her in the competition.
What is Mpho Wa Badimo’s Net Worth?
Mpho Wa Badimo’s net worth is estimated at over R2.8 million. She had a total fortune of more than R800,000 before contesting for Big Brother Mzansi Season 3 grand prize. She worked as a model and make-up artist at the time. Mpho worked with prestigious cosmetics companies in the country and was associated with MoFaya as a promo girl.
She additionally toured around Mzansi, giving sponsored make-up seminars. Furthermore, the 28 years old augmented her net worth through other sources of income which includes working as a Sangoma (spiritual healer), Advocate of Idlozi, and YouTuber.
Sources of Mpho Wa Badimo’s Net Worth
After emerging as the winner of the Big Brother Mzansi Season 3, Mpho Wa Badimo has diversified her revenue streams. She now rakes in substantial wealth from her work as a brand ambassador and magazine cover girl.
She is gradually building a career in entertainment and currently plans on having her talk show. That said, here are the revenue streams that account for Mpho Wa Badimo’s net worth of over R2.8 million.
Big Brother Mzansi Grand Prize
Since her teen years, Mpho Wa Badimo has aspired to be part of the Big Brother Mzansi show. She believed that she was chosen to be among the 18 contestants for the Big Brother Mzansi Season 3 competition, which according to her, was destined to be won by an Idlozi advocate.
Despite being up for eviction every time and never winning a single task, the Daveyton-born ended up walking away with the grand prize of R2 million (the highest won in the competition so far) on April 3rd, 2022.
She charmed the viewers with her authentic character, and before she knew it, she had gotten herself a legion of followers known as the “UndergroundGang.” They supported her throughout her journey in the Big Brother House and outside the house. Currently, Mpho Wa Badimo holds the record as the first female to win the competition and the housemate with the largest following on social media.
Mpho Wa Badimo’s Work as a Sangoma and Idlozi Advocate
Mpho has a spiritual gift that enables her to connect, heal, and develop a strong bond with people she comes in contact with. She believes she is a born and gifted Sangoma (spiritual healer). Sangomas are respectable healers among the Zulu tribe. They diagnose, prescribe, and even perform rituals to heal a person spiritually, mentally, emotionally, or physically.
Thank you family….🕯
See you later ❤️🔥
I am MPHOWABADIMO THE ADVOCATE OF IDLOZI 🙏🏾🕯✨❤️🔥
& I love you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/VAXXdcvcon
— MPHOWABADIMO. (@MPHOWABADIMO22) July 9, 2022
As an advocate of Idlozi, Mpho is possessed by the spirit of Idlozi to become an African Uhlanya (healer). At first, she rejected her calling. As a result of her stubbornness, she went completely blind for over a month while at the university.
She later accepted her calling and attended the school for Sangomas, graduating on June 25th, 2016. Since then, she has been working as a Sangoma and advocate of Idlozi. She reportedly pockets over R50,000 a month in consultation fees and gifts for her services as an African healer.
Having recognized her gifts and acknowledging herself to be a vessel for her forefathers to use and heal people holistically, Mpho Wa Badimo shares her spiritual journey experience on her eponymous YouTube channel. She is open to consultation on the social media platform.
She also hopes to impact people’s lives by helping them understand their spiritual gifts and journeys through her YouTube videos. Mpho considers her YouTube presence as part of her healing work. She joined YouTube on September 19th, 2014, and has gained more than 58K subscribers.
She has over 140 YouTube videos with more than 2.3 million views. This also accounts for her impressive net worth. Some of her most-viewed videos are My Story, My Spiritual Journey series, and Before The Next Chapter series.
After her announcement as the winner of the BBM Season 3, Mpho Wa Badimo signed on the dotted line with Castle Milk Stout and worked as their brand ambassador. She hopes to land more partnership deals and TV presenting gigs, and acting roles soon. She was, however, handed her first presenting gig during the 2022 DStv Viewers Choice Awards. She executed the role excellently, emerging as Mzansi’s favorite.
Who is Mpho Wa Badimo Dating?
— ThembaBroly (@ThembaBroly) June 14, 2022
While in the Big Brother House, Mpho revealed that she is a single mother of one. She had her son when she was in her early 20s and has never disclosed the identity of her baby daddy. She entered the reality series single, and after the show ended, she fell head over heels in love with her former housemate, Themba Broly, who emerged as the second finalist.
Themba, aka Ghost, is a tattoo artist and musician. Mpho and Themba Broly have been dating since late April 2022 and have made multiple public appearances as a couple.
— MPHOWABADIMO. (@MPHOWABADIMO22) July 1, 2022
The lovebirds attended together the Durban July 2022 and also the DStv Viewers Choice Awards. They have undeniable chemistry, which has been evident since their stay in the Big Brother House. The pair love each other and are supportive of one another’s careers.
Mpho Has a Record-breaking Followership on Social Media
Mpho Wa Badimo currently ranks as the Big Brother Mzansi Season 3 housemates with the highest followers on social media. She joined Instagram in April 2022 after winning the Multichoice reality series, and her Instagram handle (@mpho_wa_badimo) now has more than 329K followers despite having below 100 posts. The reality TV star is more active on the bird app, where she has made over 500 tweets.
Thank you fam ❤️🎉 https://t.co/aBBLZpAgNc
— MPHOWABADIMO. (@MPHOWABADIMO22) July 9, 2022
Her Twitter handle is @MPHOWABADIMO22. She joined Twitter in April 2022 and has gained more than 105K followers. She shares with her legion of fans called “UndergroundGang” pictures and videos of her social life and career achievements.