Media personality and businesswoman, Bonang Matheba, has withdrawn from the International Women in Media Conference.
This comes after American actress Taraji P. Henson claimed that she has not been booked for the conference. Taraji P. Henson, took to Twitter and denied being booked for the event as advertised.
“False! I will not be there. NEVER HEARD OF THIS EVENT AND WAS NEVER INVITED. PLEASE REMOVE MY NAME FROM THIS EVENT BECAUSE IT IS FALSE,” Taraji tweeted.
Matheba has released an official statement on the matter. The full statement is available on her official website bonangmatheba.com.
“Bonang Matheba will not be participating in the International Women In Media Conference which is slated to take place on September 5 in Johannesburg. This comes after it was revealed today at a press briefing that one of the announced keynote speakers, Ms Taraji P. Henson, is no longer participating.
Ms Matheba had been booked to host both the media event and the conference and had been attracted by the event’s apparent women’s empowerment principles. But as there has been no official feedback or clarity from the organisers following today’s allegations, Ms Matheba will not be participating.
For all direct questions on the event, please contact the event organizers: 21stCentury Group.”
According to several reports, organisers of the event, 21st Century Group, had announced that Taraji P. Henson, Ashanti and Halle Berry would be attending the conference. The conference will also feature local influential women such as Amanda du Pont and Connie Ferguson.
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