CITY PRESS TV REVIEW: Being Bonang is clearly great

2017-08-13 00:00
Bonang Matheba. (Photo supplied)

Johannesburg - Bonang Matheba is more than just an It girl ... she’s a businesswoman, a big brand ambassador, an author and, now, a reality show star. For years she’d been asked to do a reality show, and she finally agreed.

I take it the decision to share some of her personal life with fans and followers was because of the big 2017 she’s having.

Bonang has turned 30 and there are a lot more amazing things that she’s doing, and she decided that we are all worthy of witnessing this greatness on her Vuzu reality show Being Bonang.

Just note some of these achievements:

She’s just released her book From A to B which, despite bad reviews, rocketed to the bestseller list.

She’ll soon be launching the Bonang Matheba app with Cell C.

Just like Kim Kardashian, she has her own emojis, called “Bmojis".

She’s working on her own personalised Revlon make-up range.

And ... there’s a rumour of a clothing label to come.

So, Bonang essentially has all the makings of a perfect reality show star – well, that’s if you’re going to compare her to a certain famous reality show family, but she has actual talent on her side. She’s one of the more talented TV presenters out there. The show, which offers glimpses into her life, takes us along with her as she goes for shoots, hosts parties, attends events, shops for houses while the rest of us are buying flowers (yeah, she said it!) and hangs with her famous rapper boyfriend AKA at home or at Gert-Johan Coetzee’s studio picking the perfect gown. Bonang is living a full life of glitz, glam and love. After watching the first three episodes of the show, I quickly fell in love with the interwoven and sweet relationship she shares with her cousin Tebogo “Pinky Girl” Mekgwe, one of her biggest supporters and protectors.

But I found the appearances and relationship she has with Lorna Maseko strange and not worth wasting our precious 30 minutes of enjoying the glamourous life of Bonang on. We discover that Lorna is always late, she is impolite and masks it as being bougie and for being particular about what she likes... no, rude is rude!

One sees a supportive and very protective AKA who, in one episode, reminds a hysterical Bonang to calm down and allow him to take care of her. “I’m that person, not you,” he tells her while she screams at a bouncer.

The production of the show is amazing, with beautiful shots of the cities Bonang visits, and sleek editing. It’s definitely one of the better local reality shows in terms of production quality. Being Bonang is an impressive, light Friday-night watch.

Being Bonang is broadcast on Vuzu Amp (DStv 103), on Fridays, at 19:30.

City Press rates this show: 3/5.