You go gal

It’s time you got to know Peniel Morebodi Makena. Why? This local rising star is setting off to Orlando and she may soon grace our screens if chosen for an international television production.


Some day becoming a famous model. But an opportunity in acting might just change her
direction. Meyersdal’s Peniel Morebodi Makena’s acting career has already kicked off
and she is geared to make South Africa proud.

Currently seen on the web series, The Myth, Peniel loves being on stage. Her big break came when she was selected by international casting director Kim Myers and Tyler Perry’s independent casting director, Rhavynn Drummers at a Joburg audition. Soon she’ll be
packing her bags to go to Orlando, Florida to audition in front of leading casting directors, fashion houses and producers in parts of America, Europe and Asia. “It is a dream come true.”

Other career highlights
“I was introduced to modelling at the age of eight. My cousin Mpule Kwelagobe was taking part in a fashion show at a little restaurant called Taj in Botswana and asked me to go along with her. The owners asked me if I would like to be part of the show and I thought,
gee, this is it, this is what I want to do!

Acting on the other hand was not something I had considered still being so young and it was actually my husband, Mokgoshi Makena who said that I should give it go. I joined Just You Model and Artist Management and they have given me opportunities I could never have dreamt of. They have contributed to my success as an artist and I could not have done it without them. I give everything I do my all, and I think that’s what makes me stand out.

Home is where the heart is

Growing up with a family who shared her passion shaped her future.

“I was raised in Maunatlala- a village in Central District of Botswana. I am the second born of Cecilia and Moshe Morebodi and have two brothers (Shalom and Raah) and a sister (Eliel). After school I went on to study psychology. I have mastered skills to be patient, listen to understand and communicate in a way that makes people feel comfortable. Being a psychologist has contributed to my success as an actress and model but underneath all of this, in my heart I’d like to think I can make a difference to the youth at home in Botswana.

Fun facts

Hobbies…I love reading, cooking and baking.

Must-haves in your wardrobe…My heels, they are always the centre of my outfits.

What is in your handbag? Different lip glosses and lip balms. I’m obsessed with moisturising my lips so I never go without lip care, my purse and passport. A girl has to always be ready if she needs to cross the border.

What can you simply not live without? God, my family, and my phone.