Bo­nang adds lo­cal E! deal to her CV

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TV dar­ling Bo­nang Matheba is of­fi­cially the host of E! Africa. On Thurs­day night, the Top Billing and Metro FM pre­sen­ter was re­vealed as the new host of Africa’s own ver­sion of in­ter­na­tional chan­nel E! En­ter­tain­ment.

On the show, Matheba will be in­ter­view­ing African celebri­ties, the first of which is her ru­moured ex-boyfriend Nige­rian artist D’banj.

“They have to do this to me – D’banj! That is go­ing to be in­cred­i­ble,” says Matheba.

In Septem­ber, she was the first African celebrity to fea­ture on E! Africa and, fol­low­ing from that break­through, she says: “They said, ‘B, let’s do more things,’ and tonight is ba­si­cally about kick-start­ing the red car­pet award sea­son.”

Her ca­reer has gone from strength to strength th­ese past few years. She was re­cently re-signed by Revlon as one of the brand’s global am­bas­sadors. “It has been a good three years now. They have re­newed it for an­other cou­ple of years,” she said.

“There is a lot of pres­sure be­cause, ob­vi­ously, a lot more work is in­volved in terms of a lot more shoots. I will be over­seas, as op­posed to here at home.”

Matheba does not con­sider her­self lucky; “more like hard work meets God’s tim­ing”, she says.

“I am prob­a­bly the tough­est 28-year-old walk­ing on this earth. I have been do­ing this me­dia thing from the age of 16.”

Asked if she is per­ceived as a threat by up-and-com­ing It girls, she says: “The busier you are, the less time you have.

“I am so ob­sessed with my­self that I don’t know if I am a threat to young, up­com­ing girls in the in­dus­try. I am my own critic, con­cerned about bet­ter­ing my­self.” On Fri­day night, Matheba flew to New York for a “meet and greet” with Revlon pres­i­dent Lorenzo Del­pani.

This week, she will at­tend the Ul­tra Pre­mium Cîroc Grammy Awards af­ter­party hosted by Justin Bieber in Los An­ge­les, and will also be film­ing for her own pro­duc­tion com­pany, Bo­nang Matheba En­ter­tain­ment, not for E! Africa. “This is my pur­pose. You should re­mem­ber I do not have a child, I do not have a hus­band, dog or gold­fish. So I live and breathe my work,” she says. Is she go­ing to spend Valen­tine’s Day with her boyfriend, hip-hop artist AKA, who is in Canada at the mo­ment?

“I will be spend­ing Valen­tine’s Day with lots of friends in LA and re­ward­ing my­self with an out­fit for Bieber’s af­ter­party con­cert,” she says.

It girl Bo­nang Matheba

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