ALUMNI OF THE WEEK #156 Thapelo Mokoena

Alumni of the week, 11 November 2019

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AFDA alumnus Thapelo Mokoena is an actor, producer, MC, filmmaker, distributor, and presenter most known in South African households as the presenter of the debut season of South Africa's version of Fear Factor

Thapelo was born under a Mkhamba tree in the town of Ladysmith in Kwa Zulu Natal Province. After completing his studies at Ladysmith High School, Thapelo relocated to Johannesburg to study a degree course in accounting. He fortunately later changed his mind and chose to study filmmaking at AFDA. Soon after graduating from AFDA, Thapelo landed the role of Gabriel in SABC1 soap opera, Generations. In 2006, he started playing the role of Vusi in the SABC1 drama, Mzansi. The same year, he became the presenter of Fear Factor in South Africa. In 2010, he became the presenter of Rize Mzansi, a reality television show that aired on SABC1. Thapelo then featured in the sixth season of Strictly Come Dancing in 2013. The following year, he hosted the reality series, Sinawe 72, on

Other Thapelo Mokoena movies and TV shows are:

A Place Called Home: He appeared as a guest star.

aYeYe: He acted as JK in Season 1.

Broken Vows: He portrayed the role of Uhuru in the first season.

High Rollers: He was in the third season of High Rollers as Jakes Xaba.

Intersexions: He featured as Jama in the second season.

Isibaya: In the third season of this show, he acted as JK.

Kota Life Crisis: He featured in seasons one and two as Sduduzo Sihlahla.

Nomzamo: He acted as James in the first season of this series.

She's The One: He hosted the second season of this show.

Society: He featured as Ace in the second season.

The South African Film and Television Awards: He was the presenter of the tenth and thirteenth seasons of the award show.

Wild at Heart: He acted as Fatani in the second and third seasons.

Zaziwa: He appeared as himself in the first season.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: He featured in this 2013 movie as Elias Motsoaledi.

Thapelo was the winner of the Youth Achiever Award at the 2017 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs).

He is also the founder and owner of Easy Sundays Productions, a motion picture business that creates corporate videos, television shows, and films. He also created Air Movie Nights, a company that provides outdoor cinema events in both rural and urban areas. Recently, Thapelo worked with Bosman Family Vineyards to produce Nero, a wine that is commonly known as the Thapelo Mokoena wine.

Thapelo is active on different social media platforms. His Instagram account has over 254k followers, while his Twitter account has over 135.8k followers. He also has a YouTube Channel that is known as Thapelo Mokoena ZA.


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