“I believe that when you educate a girl child, you actually educate a community and you educate a family. As girls tend to become the head of the household, these young ladies pay their education forward; and an education is something that nobody can take away from you. It has a generational advantage and value.”

When not red carpet royalty, Bonang heads up The Bonang Matheba Bursary Fund, which aims to provide 10 young ladies an opportunity each year to have the lives all African girls deserve through furthering their tertiary education with a scholarship at Boston College.

The inspiration behind The Bonang Matheba Bursary Fund was the student uprisings in 2016, known as #FeesMustFall, which had a significant global impact.

Bonang had a desperate urge to get involved and contribute to a solution, after which she partnered with the ONE Campaign in the fight against extreme poverty, and also successfully leads the #GirlsCount campaign.

Bonang was invited to join African delegates and political leaders from across the continent to speak about global poverty and education at the 2016 World Economics Forum in Durban, SA.