Get To Know The River Actor Thuso Mokoena (Presley Chweneyagae) Through His Biography

Get To Know The River Actor Thuso Mokoena (Presley Chweneyagae) Through His Biography

Presley Chweneyagae is a South African actor of Tswana origin. He starred in the film Tsotsi, which won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. His mother, Agnes Keagile named him after her favourite singer, Elvis Presley.

Presley Chweneyagae is among the best male actors that South Africa possesses. He is among the country’s actors that continue to uplift the African film industry to global standards. His role in the Tsotsi movie made the film win an Oscar in 2006. He has also been able to win other awards in his career.

The actor continues to entertain Mzansi through his excellent acting skills. Acting is a passion that he has since his childhood, and he has never tried anything else in life.

Up Close & Personal With Presley Chweneyagae


Presley Chweneyagae was born in October 19, 1984 in the North West Province Mafikeng, South Africa. He is a South African actor of Tswana origin.


Presley showed an interest in acting from a very young age, and his mother noticed it. He used to act in church. Agnes enrolled him in acting classes. He later went to a drama school owned by Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom, a stage director and playwriter.

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He starred in the film Tsotsi, which won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards.His mother, Agnes Keagile named him after her favourite singer, Elvis Presley. Although he had acted before in plays, Tsotsi was his first feature film. His most recent role is on the South African telenovela, The River as Thuso “Cobra” Mokoena.

He has recently been focusing on stage plays and more films. His latest films include More Than Just a Game, State of Violence and Africa United. He is currently doing a play about Solomon Mahlangu, a former MK cadre who was hanged at the age of 22.

He was doing theater roles as a teenager before he got a lead role in the Tsotsi movie in 2005, a film that gave him global recognition.

He has acted in other Presley Chweneyagae movies, telenovelas, and TV series such as: Menda City (2009) Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) Zama Zama (2013) iNumber NumberTV (2017) Presley Chweneyagae The River (2018) More Than Just a Game State of Violence Africa United 90 Plein Street .


Presley Chweneyagae

The talented actor has been able to win several awards in his career as an actor. Below is a list of awards he won.

  • His title role in Tsotsi film made the movie win an academy award at the 78th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film (2006)
  • Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (2006)
  • Golden Horn for his role in The River at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS)

Presley Chweneyagae foundation


He has a foundation that is aimed at helping the poor communities in South Africa using the performing arts. Disadvantaged places, especially the rural areas, are uplifted using workshops and street talks by professional performers.

Net Worth

The award-winning South African actor appreciates the value of money. His net worth, however, has not been disclosed.


Presley Chweneyagae is also on Instagram and has over 80K followers on his page…

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