Most South Africans recognise Thapelo Mokoena as the presenter of the debut season of South Africa's version of Fear Factor. He is also widely known as a seasoned actor. Thapelo is a multi-talented person in the county's showbiz industry. He can assume different characters and roles with ease, and is passionate about his job. Outside his career, he is a loving husband and father.
Thapelo Archibald Sfufane Mokoena, commonly known as Thapelo Mokoena, was born on the 21st of October 1982 into the Mokoena family. His birth took place under a Mkhamba tree in the tiny town of Ladysmith in Kwa Zulu Natal Province. His mother did not make it to the hospital for his delivery. His father is a Sotho man, and his mother comes from Zulu land. For that reason, he is a multi-lingual African man. How old is Thapelo from The Voice? Thapelo Mokoena age is 37 years. Today, the handsome man is an actor, producer, MC, filmmaker, distributor, and presenter.
Family background and education
Thapelo comes from a large family. Mike Mokoena, the owner of Free State Stars, a premier soccer league in South Africa, is his father. Thapelo Mokoena and Fana Mokoena are brothers. The actor has a strong affinity to human beings and communities because he was brought up in a family setting. Mokoena is a common surname in South Africa. For this reason, many people associate Thandaza Mokoena, a former actress on Muvhango, with Thapelo's family. The two, however, are not biologically related. The late Karabo Mokwena, a young woman who was murdered by her lover, is also not the family's relative.
The actor studied at Ladysmith High School. After completing his secondary level education, he relocated to Johannesburg to study a degree course in accounting. He later changed his mind and chose to study film-making instead. Today, the actor lives in Johannesburg, Gauteng with his wife and sons.
Thapelo began his career in a television commercial. He joined an Johannesrburg-based agency and got his first leading role in a commercial within the first two months. Soon after finishing his course, he landed the role of Gabriel in SABC1 soap opera, Generations. In the soapie, he was the bodyguard of the rich lady, Karabo Moraka, a role that was played by the incredible Connie Ferguson. Gabriel went on to have a sweltering love affair with Karabo. Initially, he was to be on the television show for three months, but the viewers of the show loved him a lot, so his stay was extended to six months.
In 2006, he started playing the role of Vusi in the SABC1 drama, Mzansi. He took over the part from Fezile Mpela in the second season. The same year, he became the presenter of Fear Factor in South Africa. Fear Factor aired on e.tv. In the second season of the show, Lungile Radu replaced him because he was busy filming another show at the time.
The actor took over the leading role of Bongani Thwala during the third season of Mtunzini.com on SABC1. He substituted Pepi Khambule in this show which aired in 2009. He was, however, fired from the role after he demanded a better compensation package and improved working conditions. In 2010, he became the presenter of Rize Mzansi, a reality television show that aired on SABC1. He was the replacement for Tshepo Ngwane in the second season of this exciting show.
Thapelo then featured in the sixth season of Strictly Come Dancing in 2013. He was one of the celebrity contestants. The following year, he hosted the reality series, Sinawe 72, on e.tv. 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 is 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. Nero is currently retailing in different outlets and restaurants across the country.
Thapelo Mokoena net worth
From his multi-faceted career, Thapelo has amassed a considerable amount of money. His net worth is not known in the public domain as yet. He is yet to disclose the monthly income that he receives from each of his career ventures.
Love life, marriage and fatherhood
The actor and businessman is happily married. Lesego-Tshepang Mokoena is Thapelo Mokoena wife. The couple got married on the 24th of November 2012. Thapelo is a dedicated family man who credits his wife as his rock. Together, the couple has two children. Their first child, a son called Reko, was born in 2015. In 2018, the couple welcomed their second son, Lefika Meraki Mokoena.
In mid-2018, there were speculations that Chiedza Mhende and Thapelo Mokoena were expecting their first child together. The two worked together on the set of Generations. Neither of the parties confirmed or disputed these claims.
The actor is active on different social media platforms. Thapelo Mokoena Instagram account has over 254k followers, while his Twitter account has over 135.8k followers. Thapelo Mokoena Facebook account is personal, and he does not have a verified fan page yet. He also has a YouTube Channel that is known as Thapelo Mokoena ZA.
Thapelo Mokoena is a famous actor, MC, filmmaker, and businessman from South Africa. He is best known as the host of South Africa's edition of Fear Factor. The actor has also featured in numerous local movies and television shows. Besides acting and doing business, he is also a father of two young boys and is Lesego-Tshepang Mokoena's loving husband.