Matheba Makes Money Moves
We just had to use the popular Cardi B lyric to introduce this piece Hello Joburgers, simply because it’s so fitting to Bonang Matheba’s rising influence.
There are so many reasons Bonang claims the title, “Queen,” and the last year alone is sheer proof of her deserving title. Love it or hate it, South Africa’s entertainment industry is Bonang’s world, and we’re just residents in it.
The reason we say that it’s her world, is simply because nothing can stop her, not even the infamous erroneous first publication of her book.
At the beginning of August, we saw the launch of the highly anticipated biography, “From A to B,” which pretty much broke the internet with the mere announcement of its arrival. As much as the book made waves with its launch, it faced heavy online and editorial backlash after errors were exposed in the book. However, after being recounted, the book is back on shelves and climbing back up the best seller charts. Thabiso Mahlape, publisher of the biography, has since taken full responsibility for the errors in the first edition of the book.
“The last thing that I want is for black people to be accused of mediocrity and I should do better. It’s on me the publisher.” Apologies said and done, it seems nothing can stop Bonang’s continuous rise. Just weeks after the relaunch of “From A to B”, word Bonang took the book to France, as Queen B made her way to fashion week with David Tlale, and attended a few high-end international shows.
That’s right, Bonang has even introduced her work to international fans in France, just to test the waters and see how it performs across the ocean. From the social media frenzy, it seems that the Queen is set to conquer. Last week she took over everyone’s timelines with her Paris escapades, making it look like she runs the fashion capital of the world.
Say what you want about the Queen, but her continuous gravitation towards huge opportunities is something we should all look up to. With her very own app, (Bonang by Cell C), her reality show ending at a popular peak, and her overall social influence, Bonang shows no signs of slowing down.
- Written by guest contributor Khanyi Mlaba
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