Connie Ferguson Biography: The Multifaceted Phenom

Model, actress, producer, business woman

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Connie Ferguson
Connie Ferguson is an award-winning actress and one of the most popular Motswana TV moguls. She played Karabo Moroka on South Africa's hit Soapie Generations for 16 years and she has over 25 years in the entertainment industry.

Here's a look at Connie's bio: 

Connie Ferguson Age

Connie (Masilo) Ferguson is a 51-year-old actress born to Fish Masilo and Margaret Masilo on the 10th of June 1970. She was born in Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa, and was raised in the town of Lobatse, in South-Eastern Botswana.

Connie Ferguson Family

Connie Ferguson is recently widowed, as her husband, Aaron ‘Shona’ Ferguson, who was also a well-known figure in the entertainment industry, passed away on June 26th, 2021 due to COVID-19 complications.
The two were married in 2001. The couple has a daughter together called, Alicia Ferguson. Connie’s mother-in-law is Boitshwarelo Ferguson.

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Connie Ferguson was previously married to actor Neo Matsunyane between the years 1993 to 1998 and they even have a daughter together called, Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson. Connie and her ex-husband Neo remain friends to this day. She is also grandmother to her eldest daughter, Lesedi’s son, Ronewa.

Connie's younger sister, Atoise Pilane, often has good things to say about her sister. She praises her for the amazing example she has set throughout her life. 

Connie’s mother, Margaret Masilo, sadly passed away on 25th July 2013. In an exceedingly touching Instagram post this year, Connie paid tribute to her late mother. 

“My QUEEN, my MOMS, my ANGEL. Today, 8 years ago, you departed this earth. In that moment, I just did not know how we were going to cope or survive without you, the glue that held everything together. But the goodness of the Lord has seen us through, and continues to be our strength and refuge”. She wrote

Connie Ferguson Career

Connie Ferguson is widely known for her Motswana heritage and brings pride to the country of Botswana along with her many achievements.

Aside from Connie’s acting career she also boasts the accolades of being a producer, model, investor, and businesswoman.

Apart from playing the lead role of Karabo Moroka on Generations, Connie also starred on both Live With The Ferguson Family (2001) and Madiba (2004). 

As a young girl, Connie aspired to sing with the South African performer Abigail Kubeka and also the Nigerian entertainer Kole Wajee in Gauteng.

Connie also starred in the series Love By Many Ways in 2003. This role helped her earn a whopping R2.1million. 

Connie announced her departure from the Soapie Generations in 2010. She did this with the hope of exploring new career options. She left the show on a high note and returned 4 years later to assist in its relaunch of Generations: The Legacy.

Proceeding her 2010 departure from Generations, Connie landed a lead role within the M-Net hit shows The Wild, shot on an African game farm, starring alongside her late husband Shona Ferguson. The show was however canceled in April 2013. 

Together with Shona Ferguson, Connie launched the tv company Ferguson Films in 2010. Some of their productions include: 
  • Rockville 
  • iGazi 
  • The Gift 
  • The Throne 
  • The Queen (nominated in 2018 in several categories for the South African Film and Television Awards
  • The River 
  • The Imposter 
In 2008 Connie Ferguson launched a Fragrance True Self and a lotion 2014.

Connie Ferguson has also been praised for her ever-youthful appearance with compliments such as she is aging like a fine wine. Connie’s fitness regime adds to her physical beauty and her killer abs are all the talk on the online streets.

Forbes Woman Africa magazine made Connie their cover girl in 2018. The star also appeared as a cover girl for Women’s Health magazine in October 2019.

Since the death of her husband, Connie hadn't been seen on the small screens for a brief period (which felt like an eternity for her fans). She, however, recently took to social media to share a video of herself back on set a month and a half after his death. 

Connie Ferguson Controversy

In 2017, Nivea owner, Beiersdorf, announced the company's intention to sue the mogul's business, Koni International Brands, after they accused Connie of stealing their packaging for their men's products. Nivea noted that the range of shower gels and lotions, named Connie Bodycare, is an identical match to that of their products.

In her defense, Connie accused Nivea of being a bully company and took the matter to the high court. Nearly a year later, a verdict was finally reached, but it was absolutely not good news for the star and her brand.

Award-winning actress, Vatiswa Ndara opened a can of worms when she took it upon herself to post an open letter to the minister of Arts and culture, Nathi Mthethwa. In the letter, she blamed Connie and Shona for exploitation and the inhumane manner within which they allegedly treated actors under Ferguson Films.

Amongst the points made within the statement, the actress revealed that she almost lost her baby due to the stress that she endured at the hands of the Fergusons.
Ferguson Films broke their silence recently regarding what they believe to be misguided, misdirected, and misleading allegations made by actress Vatiswa Ndara. 

Ferguson Films (Shona Ferguson and Connie Ferguson) released a press statement via their legal representative, Brendon de Kooker. 

“As actors ourselves and producers we are aware of the challenges facing the entertainment industry. We support 100% a need for the industry to be regulated and for the Performance Protection Amendment Bill to be signed sooner rather than later. With that said, the allegations made by various actors do not reflect the true position of the industry and paints a false picture, that may mislead the public.”

The statement further addressed some of the points made by Vatiswa Ndara.

“We attempted to negotiate with the actress and her agent in good faith and within the scope of applicable production agreement, however, the agent subsequently recused himself from negotiations, thereafter we dealt with her manager. They made it very clear that Ms. Ndara would not accept anything less than R700 000 for the 5-week shoot. She had every right to decline our offer, which she did, and we on the other hand as we could not meet her financial demand, due to contractual restraints, had every right to move on amicably, which we tried to do.”

The address regarding residuals and royalties stated, “Just like actors the production company is not guaranteed work, whether the show is performing or not. We do not own the shows we produce under commission, and therefore have no right or say in what happens with the shows post final delivery to the broadcaster.”

Connie got caught in the eye of the storm when she sparked a colorism debate thanks to a blackface photo of her. She had shared the picture on social media. The picture showed Connie Ferguson dressed as a domestic worker with her hair protruding out of her hat. The image went viral at the time.

While many users, including several celebs, found the photo funny, others took to Twitter to check the actress for the tasteless photo. Connie, however, got support from some people, who claimed that as an actress it was her getting into a role.

Connie Ferguson Networth

Connie Ferguson is estimated to have a net worth of $2 million, with an estimated monthly income of R75 000.

Main image credit: Instagram/connie_ferguson
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