EXCLUSIVE: Bonang reveals 30th birthday celebrations plans, lessons learned and more

By Molife Kumona
20 June 2017

There is no shame in celebrating yourself- Bonang

South Africa’s ‘Queen of everything’ media personality Bonang Matheba turns the big 30 this Sunday the 25th of June, she gave DRUM an exclusive into how she will celebrate this milestone birthday, her excitement on her new book From A to B selling out and what her man rapper AKA has planned for her.

There are a number of monumental birthdays in almost everyone’s life and you are turning 30 which is one of the biggest birthdays for many people, how do you feel about it?

I am excited about it. It’s the most exciting birthday I have ever had. I am not anxious or terrified at all like some people who I have seen not too amped when they turn 30.

So no nerves at all?

Not even one nerve. I have achieved a lot of things and all the things I aimed to do by the time I was 30. I have achieved a lot more, so I am a happy 30 year old, an exhausted one but happy nonetheless.

How are you planning to celebrate turning 30?

With a big black tie dinner for family, friends and media people who have supported me and loved me over the years. It will be a gala dinner for 200 people and it will be quite a spectacular event. I am so looking forward to it.

Are you having the dinner on the day of your birthday?

No I will be away on the actual day, my boyfriend says he is taking me to New York but I will only know when I get the boarding pass where I am going.

Why?

Well because what he does is he usually books all the flights and accommodation and everything and he just tells me to pack. He only tells me what the weather is like where we are going so I know what to pack, so all I know is I am going somewhere warm in the Northern Hemisphere and will only know the exact place on Thursday when I get to the airport and get my boarding pass.

What has getting to the 30 taught you?

  • Over the past four to five years I have started to have a greater love and appreciation for God, for all He is and the plans He has for me. I have started to also appreciate His timing more.
  • I also have a deep appreciation for my parents the older I get and how they sacrificed a lot no matter how little they had to give me the life I have. I see how they really always did their best and continue to show their love and support for me, and I value that.
  • I also appreciate hard work even more as I get older, I appreciate the sacrifices I make even if that means less sleep, because I know now more than ever that each and every effort I made and compromise I made and continue to make is worthwhile.

You were in Namibia this weekend, what was happening there?

I was working on a special project with my team, it will be revealed soon. I hope people will support this as they have supported me before.

Speaking of support your book sold out in four hours at Exclusive Books?

Yes, the pre-order sold out and for a few minutes we crashed the Exclusive Books site and they were so amazing and added more books. I am hoping people will support just as much when the book comes out this July.

So what’s your advice for people who are also celebrating milestone birthdays?

Whether you are celebrating an 11th, 22nd, 40th, or 66th birthday the most important thing is to celebrate yourself and your birthday. A lot of people sometimes don’t want to celebrate because they feel it makes them look vain or selfish but if you don’t celebrate yourself who will?  There is no shame in celebrating yourself, even if you haven’t achieved all you wished for you should celebrate because people’s journeys differ. If you haven’t achieved everything trust in the power of the right timing and just keep working hard.

B, thank you for your time and Happy Birthday to you!

Thank you, I appreciate your continued support.

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