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Zodwa Wabantu: "I Failed School, Use Vaseline, Single and Happy"

Harare - Fame comes in different portfolios - and for Zodwa Wabantu, her meteoric rise to fame in a short space of time has been her legs, ...

Harare - Fame comes in different portfolios - and for Zodwa Wabantu, her meteoric rise to fame in a short space of time has been her legs, though some sections have labelled her a 'loose canon' in search of explicit fame, however she disagrees. 

Known for her “leg game” move, Zodwa - a mother of an 11-year-old son revealed that despite her livewire persona which has got some calling her different names, she remains terrified of being in a relationship because she believes men are controlling.

Born and bred in Soweto and now based in Durban, the entertainer (real name Rebecca Zodwa Libram) was in Bulawayo at the weekend for an appearance at local clubs where she partied and mesmerised fans.

“I’m scared of men. I like to be happy and my worry is that if I had a man, he’d probably tell me how I should dress and when I should sleep.
Zodwa WaBantu in Action

“But what I’m doing now is all about me and what makes me happy. I’m living my life because no one is telling me how to live it. I came alone to earth and I’ll die alone,” said Zodwa Wabantu.

She said being famous was not all rosy as the celeb life comes with hazards. According to her, there are people nagging her saying they want her to become a snob, but she says she will not bow down to them as she wants to remain the simple girl who grew up in Soweto.

“I believe God gave me this fame at the right time as I’m old enough and mature. Some people in society want to change me as they feel I should stop drinking Savanna and instead drink premium brands like Ciroc, Hennessey.

“I want them to know that I use Vaseline unlike faking it to seem like the Zodwa who uses expensive lotions. People shouldn’t change.”

The Mzansi socialite said she never thought she would be famous, especially considering that she failed her Matric and looked for a waitressing job in Johannesburg to try and raise funds to enrol for an alternative course.

“When I was 18 years old, I got a waitressing job just after I had failed my Matric. I did this for two years and saved up for a short course at Cornerstone for debt collectors. I was then hired as a debt counsellor,” said Zodwa. 

“When I was in Durban, I really minded my own business. After pay day though, I’d definitely take myself out. Since I was not from Durban, I’d go out alone as I didn’t have friends and dance the night away.

All it took for Zodwa to be famous was one video of her dancing at a popular spot in Durban called Eyadini during a night out.

“I used to frequent a lounge called Eyadini and someone happened to record me dancing. The video of me dancing with my Savanna bottle went viral and got a lot of people talking. From then, life hasn’t been the same as people started approaching me asking to promote me and I’ve been getting endorsement deals from various corporates,” she said.

DJ Tira’s Afrotainment stable was quick to appreciate Zodwa’s passion for dancing and took her on board to boost her talent by getting her various gigs in and out of South Africa. 

A Durban July invite from the stable also further boosted her career as her sassy outfit got more people talking and earned her more followers. - The Chronicle

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