Actors Flying Botswana's Flag High

These actors will stop at nothing to keep the fans entertained.

By  | Sep 27, 2021, 09:26 PM  | Top of The

Connie Ferguson
The television industry in Botswana has grown and it is continuously growing and bringing out new talent. 

Botswana's acting industry is celebrated across different countries on the continent. The industry is epitomized by the likes of The Ferguson Family Films which consists of top talents like  Connie, Lesedi, and the late Shona Ferguson.  

Here's a list of Botswana's top actors that are taking the film industry by storm. 

1. Shona Ferguson

The late, Shona Ferguson was born on the 30th of April in 1972. Shona Ferguson, passed away on 30th July 2021 from COVID-19-related complications. He died at the age of 48-years-old.

Upon his death, he left behind his wife, Connie Ferguson, and their daughter  Alicia Ferguson.

In 1992, Shona started working as a DJ at The Palace Hotel Night Club in Lesotho. Soon he found himself pursuing an interest in acting and he seemed to love it.

He made his first debut on Generations as Ace, but he felt the character was not bringing out enough of his passion for acting. He then left Generations and went to audition for the soapie, Muvhango in 2006. 

His creative acting skills landed him the role of Dr. Lebua that he executed with passion. It was at this point that Shona began to make waves in the entertainment industry.

Shona co-owned Ferguson Films, a film-producing company that he founded together with Connie, his business partner, and wife. The production company has birthed many television shows like The Queen, Rockville, iGazi, The Gift, and The Throne that keep viewers glued to their screens every day. 

2. Connie Ferguson

Connie 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 is celebrated for her Motswana heritage and brings pride to the country of Botswana with her many achievements. Aside from Connie’s acting career she also boasts the accolades of being a producer, model, investor, and businesswoman.

Connie starred on a series role in Love By Many Ways in 2003 that earned her a whopping R2.1million. 

Connie played the lead role of Karabo Moroka on Generations for 16 years and she left the show on a good note in 2010 and returned 4 years later to assist in its relaunch of Generations: The Legacy.

Connie landed a lead role in the M-Net hit show, The Wild, shot on an African game farm, starring alongside, her late husband, Shona Ferguson. The show was however canceled in April 2013. Connie now stars in one of her productions, The Queen.

She has several sources of income and the production company, Ferguson Films, brings in the cheques. Connie even has her beauty products empire which is called, Koni Multinational Brands.

She also has her body lotion called Connie Body Care.

Net Worth - $2 million.

Also read - The Fergusons Refute Mlamli Mangcala's Accusations

3. Lerato Motshwarakgole

Lerato Motshwarakgole is an award-winning actress, businesswoman, academic and cultural activist.

She started acting at a young age and after she landed a role on Generations, she became well known for playing Dineo’s sister,  Zimbini.

Growing in the industry, she appeared in the television comedy show that aired on SABC 2, Stokvel. As she continued growing in the industry, she featured on BBC s’ Silent Witness. Following her successes and getting more roles, she landed a role on eTV’s Mzanzi Love.

Lerato Motshwarakgole has a BA in Theatre Performance from the University of Cape Town. Together with numerous awards and theatre work, she was ready to further her studies. In 2016, the actress left Generations to go pursue her Master’s studies at Havard. 

After being accepted, she shared it on social media.

"I am thrilled to share that I got accepted into Harvard University to do my Masters, following in the footsteps of my idols and Harvard Graduates Barack and Michelle Obama. Dreams come true! Modimo o mogolo."

Lerato Motshwarakgole was chosen by the Tony Elumelu Foundation as one of the 1000 entrepreneurs in Africa.

In 2015 she founded Ora Communications where she is currently the Executive Director.  

Net Worth: Not known

4. Sharon Seno

Sharon was raised in the small village of Kanye. She has not had it easy, but that did not stop her from pursuing her dreams.

“I auditioned for fashion shows, adverts, you name it. But I didn’t get a single role,” she recalls.

Sharon revealed her fear of being taken advantage of in the acting industry. She recalled a time back when a director asked her to take off her clothes during an audition back home.

“I was 17,” she says. “When he asked me to undress to get the part, I refused. I stormed out of the room and didn’t think I’d continue acting. I longed to be back on screen but I wasn’t willing to sleep my way to the top. Sometimes having morals delays success.”

In 2013, she made it to the Top 5 for Miss Botswana.

Sharon who is KK’s girlfriend, Marang Phala, in Muvhango also plays the role of James Motsamai's protégé.

In 2018, she appeared in the television series Colours as Girlie Mmabatho. The series is about how a young man's character problems become his greatest strength and spiral's him onto a journey of discovery and change.

Sharon also starred as Keisha on Ntwakgolo TV drama. 

Like most actors in the industry, Sharon also has hopes of making it in a Hollywood production. 

Net Worth: Not known

5. Koketso Mophuting 

Koketso Mophuting is a Motswana actress best known for her recurring role as Gugu in the Mzansi Magic drama miniseries Single Mothers, in 2013.

She also starred as Katlego in the Botswana television series Thokolosi.

Her beauty and mousy character on the TV show has garnered Koketso a lot of attention from viewers.

Koketso enrolled at Monash University in Malaysia to study a BCom in creative writing then returned to South Africa and got a BA in Live Performance at AFDA.

In 2014 she had a guest-starring role in the Mzansi Magic soap opera IsiBaya as Kaone. Her debut on the soap opera had the producers want to keep her because of the talent she displayed. 

Koketso has been acting for 7 seasons on IsiBaya and she has made a name for herself. 

Net Worth: Not known

Such heavy hitters highlight how Botswana constantly brings out new actors that keep raising the nation's flag high.

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