Queen B saves face with bling

CityPress - - News - PHUMLANI S LANGA phumlani.sithebe@city­press.co.za

Twit­ter went into melt­down on Thurs­day over print er­rors in From A to B, a mem­oir by celebrity broad­caster, busi­ness­woman and now au­thor Bo­nang Matheba. The queen of per­fec­tion had, to the hor­ror of her fans, pre­sented a less than per­fect prod­uct. And they took it per­son­ally.

As for Bo­nang, she took it on the chin, ap­pear­ing at her book launch that night in an el­e­gant bareshoul­dered pink suit in the hub of Sand­ton City’s sanc­tum of bling, Di­a­mond Walk. It is here that the high­est-end fash­ion houses have their stores, and brands such as Gucci and Prada pro­vided a stylish back­drop for the launch.

The area was dressed up to look lovely – if you like pink. And, man, does Bo­nang like pink. Pink dé­cor and roses lined the wed­ding-styled aisle lead­ing to a small stage, where Bo­nang spoke to the au­di­ence, who were largely made up of her diehard fans, friends and fam­ily.

Al­though the rose petals on the floor looked pretty, they proved to be treach­er­ous ter­rain for those in stilet­tos – or even flats – as many an awk­ward slip was wit­nessed.

The gen­eral feel of the night was rem­i­nis­cent of Oprah Win­frey, com­plete with mo­ti­va­tional clichés that gar­nered cheers, photo snaps, waves and claps from the crowd. This went on for a while as Bo­nang was be­ing in­ter­viewed on stage. At one point, the mes­sag­ing felt like a ploy to avoid the pink ele­phant in the room – that Twit­ter melt­down.

It seemed as if the evening would end with­out the floor be­ing opened for ques­tions from the pub­lic, but, in the end, Bo­nang al­lowed four of them. Whether these four peo­ple were planted is un­cer­tain, but none of them asked the burn­ing ques­tion: What was be­hind the book’s flawed edit­ing process?

Baset­sana Ku­malo ended the un­der­whelm­ing Q&A ses­sion with a touch­ing state­ment about Queen B rewrit­ing the nar­ra­tive of black ex­cel­lence. Bo­nang’s man, rap­per AKA, who hosts the Su­per Mega Show on dig­i­tal ra­dio sta­tion Touch HD, chilled at the back of the room en­joy­ing the Cour­voisier on of­fer and look­ing a tad blasé. Fi­nally, Bo­nang thanked her guests and those who helped cre­ate the book. To Thabiso Mahlape, her pub­lisher, she said: “We’ll be the sac­ri­fi­cial lambs so that our daugh­ters will be able to do this bet­ter.”

She added that they would use the rub­bish peo­ple spoke to fuel their fu­ture ef­forts – to yet more ap­plause.

PHO­TOS: SUP­PLIED

PRETTY IN PINK Bo­nang Matheba speaks to the au­di­ence from a stylish, makeshift stage in Sand­ton City dur­ing the launch of her book

MAIN MAN Rap star AKA came out to sup­port his bae and stood at the back, sip­ping Cour­voisier

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