From rags to riches: The untold story of controversial dancer Zodwa Wabantu.


From rags to riches: The untold story of controversial dancer Zodwa Wabantu.

‘Growing up, people always told me I would be nothing. I know what I am here for,’ controversial dancer Zodwa Wabantu said on her career.

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With a career spanning years, controversial dancer Zodwa Wabantu has fast become one of the most sought-after entertainers. The controversial dancer has headlined several shows across the globe.


However, despite her big wins, she has had her fair share of drama. Over the years, she has been banned from performing in several countries, including Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Zodwa Wabantu is trending against the backdrop of her recent performance, which got a lot of criticism from her fans. Against the backlash, she took to social media to reveal that she was not proud of some of her performances. Zodwa Wabantu said, “I’m not proud I’m at work.”

She also revealed her booking fee as she clapped back at arrogant fans. Zodwa Wabantu said, “I’m Paid R25 000 to be in this Venue.” However, against the backlash, The South African has connected the dots about her “rags-to-riches story.”

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She was orphaned when she was nine years old, and at 16, she left home to try to make ends meet. Zodwa Wabantu did poorly in her matric studies and depended on odd jobs.

Zodwa Wabantu once said to hustle she would ‘sleep with people’ for money. In most of her interviews, she has made it known that children must not go through what she experienced.

In one of her interviews, Zodwa Wabantu opened up about her hardships and the star she has become.

“Growing up, people always told me I would be nothing. I know what I am here for. However, I knew I had ‘something’ but didn’t think it would be this big. I left home when I was 16, and until today, no matter how hard life was out there, I never packed up and returned home,” she said.


Before her thrust into the limelight, she worked as a debt collector for four years. However, she later switched the floor to entertainment. She had her shot to fame when she started performing at Durban’s Eyadini Lounge. Her dance moves and skimpy outfits attracted the attention of fans, and she became popular.

Against the backdrop of her newfound fame, Zodwa Wabantu started performing at popular establishments, including Rock Club in Soweto. She went on to join Afrotainment, a record label owned by DJ Tira. Since then, she has been winning big.


She has earned a fortune from her impressive business portfolio, as well as from bookings. She is undoubtedly a jill of all trades and has several income streams to show for it.

Controversial dancer Zodwa Wabantu reportedly has a few apartments which she rents out to tenants. She is also into the poultry business. The controversial dancer started the business in 2019 and has received support from several celebrities, including Ntando Duma.

In 2020, she launched her cosmetic line, and that same year, she added her premium cider – Zodwa Wabantu Premium Cider, to her business portfolio. A year later, she launched Zodwa Wabantu Chicken & Eggs and Zodwa Wabantu’s Undertakers Mortuary.

She reportedly owns beauty bars dotted around Richards Bay. Her substantial social media following has earned her a fortune from endorsement deals.


Alaa Hamdy

Professional entertainment content writer in Hanover, South Africa. I know all the secrets of celebrities

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