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When it comes to award shows, everyone has an opinion. Did Green Book deserve to win the 2019 Academy Award for Best Picture? Was Kacey Musgraves deserving of the 2019 Grammy for Album of the Year? Who could forget the controversy storm caused by Esperenza Spalding’s Best New Artist Grammy win in 2011, beating the likes of Justin Bieber, Drake and Mumford and Sons?

 

What makes the E! People’s Choice Awards (PCA) unique is that they are voted for directly by the general public. It gives winners the ultimate bragging rights to having the most loyal fans.

But the 2019 PCA was particularly unique, as it introduced a new, hotly contested category – 2019 African Influencer of the Year.

We were informed in October that our very own Bonang Matheba had been awarded the accolade, surpassing the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Cassper Nyovest, Tiwa Savage, Minnie Dlamini-Jones and Diamond Platnumz who were nominated alongside her. Knowing our Queen B would attend the awards to accept the historic award, Africans watched eagerly as she offered behind-the-scenes snapshots into the fun via her social media channels, and strutted her stuff across the iconic red carpet.

Expanding her reach

Bonang owned the PCA red carpet in outstanding pink and unmatchable confidence.

Accepting the first ever African Influencer of the Year Award, Queen B thanked E! Entertainment Television for recognising African talent. “I also have the most amazing fans, so thank you to my B-Force and shout out to everyone back in South Africa,” she gushed.

Earlier this year, Bonang won the Inspiration & Influence Award at the Global Social Awards in Prague, and we’re sure she’ll continue to bag international awards after her permanent move to that side of the world. We’ll be sad to see her go when she leaves after the Sun Met next year, but you can be sure we’ll be following her journey on her socials.

Speaking of Bonang’s socials… did you check her Insta?

In true influencer style, Bonang took her 6.8 million Instagram fans along with her as she dazzled the PCA red carpet.

She shared shots of the décor and drinks at the event, before sharing a pose with her award in her figure-hugging pink dress. You can also spot her with various celebs and watch her interviews with the E! journalists.

 

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