[MY TAKE] Bonang's book 'From A to B'
If you were looking for the scoop on scandals in her personal life and career, think again. Refilwe Pitjeng delves into Bonang Matheba’s new book 'From A to B'.
When I got the opportunity to read Bonang Matheba’s book, titled From A to B, I was looking forward to reading about the scandals that have so often surrounded her.
I thought I would finally get to hear (in this case read) her version of events about the very public break-up between her current boyfriend AKA and his previous girlfriend and baby mama DJ Zinhle. But disappointingly, for me, there was zero mention of this particular drama.
I found the initial parts of the book to be clumsily written, with too much repetition which became quite annoying and distracting. Here Matheba focuses on the theme of love; how her family always made her feel wanted and supported. But the tone of first three chapters did not invite me to have a conversation with her, to be part of her life, as I had hoped.
It is only from chapter 4 that she finally came alive for me. I began to see and hear Bonang. She wrote as she would speak. In chapter 4 she talks about her first big TV gig, the music show Live. She says “As Live went live, so did my name... Those words may as well have been to me, to welcome myself in the biggest stage of my life at the moment.” I couldn’t help but hear her deep and bubbly voice as I read those lines.
In the rest of her book her love and passion for her career come alive and I liked that she continually attributed her success to her mother. Every chapter contains a lesson that she learnt from her mother. A strong quote from her mother that spoke to me was “You are the product of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Matheba is a force to be reckoned with and reading this book has taught me the value of planning and following through.
This is clear in her five-year strategy in which every five years she sits down with her mother and reviews her plans.
So, if you want to get from A to B, plan your life, your goals and your dreams. Yes, things may not always go the way we want them to at the time, but trust yourself and surround yourself with strong, positive people.
After reading Matheba’s book I couldn’t help but think of Britney Spear’s song Work B@ch. The lyrics go a little something like “You want a hot body? You want a Maserati? You better work btch!”.