Bonang Matheba’s book launch was as glitzy as we expected and has the touch of a queen to it.
The media personality launched her first book Bonang: From A to Bat Sandton City’s Diamond Walk on Thursday night and of course, it was a star-studded event.
Family, friends and fellow celebrities were all in attendance. Some of the personalities who showed up for Bonang Matheba’s book launch include Terry Phetho, Rami Chuene, Basetsana Khumalo, Johanna Mukoki and Mampho Brescia. Her parents were also at the occasion hosted by journalist and news anchor, Ayanda-Allie Paine.
Bonang: From A to B was published by Black Bird Books in conjunction with Jacana Media.
In her speech at Bonang Matheba’s book launch, publisher Thabiso Mahlape said working with Queen B on the project turned out to be an inspiration to her.
“When we started the process of bringing this book into life, I asked Bonang if she liked me. Because I know that along the way, there are fights between authors and publishers. At times we wanted to kill each other. This is why a healthy and strong relationship between an author and their author is very important,” Mahlape said.
However, it was nothing like that between Bonang and Mahlape who added; “Working with you [Bonang] has changed the way I do business forever.
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Speaking about her book at the event, Bonang shared some intimate details about the motivation behind the masterpiece.
“The inspiration for this book came from an experience I had when I moved from SABC1’s Live to join Top Billing. That was when I was met by a lot of resistance in my life and thought I should actually write it down and share it with everybody, but it was not time yet. The thing about life is that things don’t just happen, they come at a point in time that God has ordained for you,” she said.
At the time, Bonang felt that a lot has happened in her life and career that she would like to share with others. Thus, she started penning the book in the bid to inspire anyone who might be going through the same challenges she did.
“I’m at a point in my life where I feel that the Chapter C of my life is starting and I needed to jot down, save, file and archive the chapters that were A and B. This book explains the 13 years that I’ve been in the entertainment industry. I’ve learnt over the years that there is power in sharing your story with someone else. Someone out there needs to know that they’re not alone and that what they are going through someone else overcame and also how that person was able to beat those odds,” Bonang said.
Bonang, 30, released her book in July and it’s already at the number one spot as a best seller at Exclusive Books.