Zodwa Wabantu Biography: Age, Surgery, Son, Boyfriend, Net Worth

Zodwa Wabantu’s biography will leave you in tears and inspire you to push through life’s struggles at the same time.

The entertainer had a rough life before hitting the big time. She would sometimes go to bed hungry and had to “hustle for food” almost daily 

But that all changed when her love for dancing helped bring home the bacon.  

Here’s a look at her amazing story. 

Zodwa Wabantu background

All it took was a little black dress to set Zodwa Wabantu on the path to stardom. The entertainer, who made a name for herself as a dancer at KwaZulu-Natal’s famous Eyadini Lounge, became the talk of the town in 2017 when she wore a thigh-baring dress to the Durban July.  The racy outfit exposed her buttocks and raised more than a few eyebrows. 

The jar-dropping moment helped make her a national celebrity, with club managers falling over themselves to book South Africa’s new dance sensation. Zodwa calls Durban home but she is originally from Soweto. She grew up in a poor household and often speaks about how she had to fight for food to survive. Her mother died when she was just 11 years old, leaving her grandmother to look after her. Zodwa’s father was never in the picture.

She left home at the age of 16 and had to fend for herself with odd jobs, including work as a dancer. Zodwa moved to Durban after getting an offer to work at a debt collection company. She did not give up on the nightlife and continued to dance at shisanyama's in Durban’s townships, where she earned her “Vosho Queen” title.
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Zodwa Wabantu real name 

Zodwa Wabantu was born Zodwa Rebecca Libram.  She rarely uses her surname for official business but includes it in her Instagram profile. The entertainer caused a stir in 2019 when she declared that her future husband will take her surname when she gets married.
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Zodwa Wabantu age 

Zodwa Wabantu was born on October 30, 1985. The 33-year-old usually celebrates her birthday with a huge bash at a club or shisanyama with some of her celebrity friends, including DJ Tira – who is also her manager. 
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Zodwa Wabantu son 

Zodwa Wabantu gave birth to a son named Vuyo in 2006. She has made it clear that everything she does is to ensure the 13-year-old’s financial security. She sent him to the best schools and proudly revealed he has never failed a grade. “I made sure not to play on his education because I wanted him to have good marks,” she wrote on Instagram. Zodwa failed her matric (Grade 12) and said she doesn’t want her son to do the same.
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Zodwa Wabantu boyfriend age

Zodwa shocked her fans in May 2019 when she proposed to her 24-year-old boyfriend, Ntobeka Linda, after six years of dating. She presented her “Ben 10” with a rose gold ring worth R5 217. She also bought her own engagement ring – a custom made rose gold morganite and diamond ring that cost R47 826. Sadly, the couple did not make it to the altar. Zodwa called off their engagement for a second time in June – this time for good! “I’m losing myself. I need my spark back. I’m not happy anymore. Free Ntobeko, he’s still growing. No wedding,” she wrote on Instagram.

As if calling off her wedding wasn’t shocking enough, Zodwa said she wanted half of the lobola she paid back.

Zodwa Wabantu net worth 

Zodwa Wabantu’s net worth is at least R1 million. She reportedly made her first million in 2018 after signing a contract with MojaLove to star in her own reality show, Zodwa Wabantu Uncensored. The entertainer also earns R35 000 plus per appearance and has an endorsement deal with a Durban medical centre that specialises in dermatology and cosmetic surgery.
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Zodwa Wabantu dance 

Zodwa Wabantu is a self-proclaimed “pantyless dancer”.  This, coupled with her vosho moves, helped make her a star attraction at some of SA’s top clubs. Her controversial dance moves have also earned her some bad publicity. She was banned from a Zimbabwean carnival in 2017 after officials received complaints that she would “tarnish” the country’s image. Zimbabwe’s then-president, Robert Mugabe, also lashed out at the dancer. “You just come without covering your decency. What do you want? Men to see you? We don't want such," he said at a rally. 

She might have been banned in Zimbabwe, but Zodwa’s dance moves have taken her to other countries including England and America.
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Zodwa Wabantu house 

Zodwa Wabantu went from being a poor teen to building her own house in her 30s. She took to Instagram in August to share a picture of the home she built from scratch. Zodwa didn’t need to take a loan from the bank to build the three-bedroom Nelspruit home - she used her own money!
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Zodwa Wabantu Surgery 

Zodwa Wabantu recently underwent several body transformation procedures. She had Lipodissolve injections in August 2019 to help burn her fat in order to stay “young and fresh”. Zodwa also had a non-surgical breast lift and underwent a vaginal-tightening procedure in 2019. The procedures, which she often shares on Instagram, were met with shock from her fans. But Zodwa has assured her followers that she won’t go “too far” with the procedures. She said her main goal is to “firm up” her body so she can look good on stage.
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Main image credit: Instagram/@zodwalibram

Written by:
ZAlebs Team