A Motswana from Mochudi, Ferguson was born on 30 April 1974. He is known for various TV roles, including starring in Muvhango as Dr Leabu. In March 2007, he left the Venda soap opera. He started production company, Ferguson Films, with his wife Connie. In 2010, they both starred in the company’s first TV production, Rockville. In 2020, Shona made his Netflix debut, partnering with the streaming service on the six-part series, Kings of Joburg. Other TV appearances include The Queen, Isidingo: The Need, and Scandal!.
He also starred in 2014’s The Gift, a Ferguson Films series, and as Jerry Maake in The Queen, also a Ferguson Films series that started in 2016. He received the Golden Horn Award for Best Actor in a TV Soap and Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement by a Lead Actor in a ‘Made for TV’ Movie.
Ferguson met actress Connie Masilo on 31 July 2001. They married in November of that year. In June 2002, they welcomed their daughter, Alicia Angel, to the family. He and his wife became a force to reckon with in the entertainment industry. Appearing on countless magazine covers and TV shows, the golden couple often spoke of their instant connection and falling in love at first sight.
Shona will be remembered for the mark that he has left on the South African film and television scene. After complaining of chest pains in late July 2021, he was admitted to Milpark Hospital on Johannesburg where he underwent heart surgery. According to a statement issued on Ferguson Films’ Instagram account, Shona died in the afternoon of Friday 30 July. His cause of death was given as COVID-19-related complications. The star was laid to rest in Johannesburg on Wednesday this week
“My love, my skatie, never in a million years would I be in this position that I am in today, speaking as I am today without your physical presence,” Connie said. “Sho’, I thought you and I were going to grow old together. That’s what I saw, that’s what I saw for us. That’s always been the dream. “I never anticipated where we are today, God brought you into my life 20 years ago, and I anticipated another 20 years with you.
Connie went on to gush over the love that they shared. “You’ve taught me unconditional love,’’ she wrote. “You were not one for half measures. Anyone who has ever known you will know that my husband loved hard, he cared hard, he worked hard, most importantly he loved the Lord hard, unashamedly. You’ve touched a lot of lives Sho’, you’ve taught people how to love, black families.
“You’ve changed the narrative. I may have only had 20 years with you Sho’, but our 20 years, what you and I had in 20 years, most people don’t get to experience that in their life. How lucky am I. You loved me in a way that I didn’t know was possible to love, you had the God kind of love. I realize that this is going to be a journey for me. God is still God and although I am confused right now, I don’t know what tomorrow looks like without you because I just cannot imagine myself without you.
I remember when we’d see elders at Cresta Mall walking while holding hands. We’d look at them and go, ‘look at us at a couple of years’, and we’d hold hands if we weren’t holding hands already. I nursed you for 28 days. I realise that this is going to be a journey for me. God is still God and although I am confused right now, I don’t know what tomorrow looks like without you because I just cannot imagine myself without you.”