This week Bulawayo Twitter roared into life on the news that Zodwa Wabantu would be landing in the city of Kings next week. Many people (men in particular) are excited over the opportunity of brushing shoulders with the woman who has become a social media phenomenon. However after all the rants were made, we were left with more questions more than we had answers about her trip to Bulawayo.
Who is Zodwa Wabantu, what does she do and what is she really coming to do?
Zodwa Wabantu (31) is a Durban based socialite popularly known for her sultry dance moves and constantly being spotted without wearing underwear. She has taken the South African entertainment industry by storm and has gone to make appearances in music videos. With constant social media reference to her, it is no doubt Zodwa Wabantu has become a trendsetter within the South African entertainment industry.
A local night spot has been circulating promo materials on her guest appearance at the spot. There is also an event in the pipeline titled “Dress and Dance like Zodwa Wabantu competition”, where ladies will be expected to do exactly that, dress and dance like Zodwa Wabantu.
According to the flyer, the winner will walk away with the prize money of USD300. We wonder if the ladies are expected to walk around pantiless like Zodwa Wabantu? We have seen a lot of short skirts/dresses in our lifetime and so we wonder what makes this particular contest more appealing than any other event.
What also caught our attention is that Zodwa Wabantu gets paid R30 000 for her to appear at functions. Yes, 30 000 Madibas. Therefore this means for her, coming to Bulawayo is an easy stroll to the bank. The question we then ask is, what value worth 30 000 rands Zodwa Wabantu bringing into the Bulawayo entertainment world?
Is cake flashing that expensive? Are her dancing skills that impressive? I guess we will all have to wait and find out on the night. What we are sure though is that the Sungura Masters ladies can dance better and are more choreographed than Zodwa Wabantu and 30 000 Madibas can go a long way in them perfecting their craft. Such an investment into a local act would have taken Bulawayo a notch up in the right direction, but unfortunately, that will not happen in the near future.
Come the announced date, people are going to pay their hard earned cash to have a glimpse of the uncovered and imported “dry cake” but come the next day, the question shall remain; Was it really worth it?