Colleagues, friends remember actor Shona Ferguson

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Veteran actress, Connie Ferguson, has vowed to keep the legacy of her late husband Shona Ferguson alive. She spoke at a memorial service in honour of the actor, executive producer and media mogul on Friday.

Ferguson was laid to rest at the Fourways Memorial Park, north of Johannesburg on Wednesday. He has been remembered as a giant who loved his family and craft.

The memorial was a celebration of the life of the versatile actor and executive producer ,who starred as Jerry Maake in The Queen, Jackson Bogatsu in Rockville, and one of the Masire brothers in Kings of Joburg among many other roles.

Childhood friend from Gaborone in Botswana, Thato “Dj Fresh” Sikwane, says from the time they were little boys, Ferguson always left an unforgettable impression.

“He has always been that guy. He has always been the man. Shona was a hunk even when we were 10. We rode our bikes carefree, we roller-skated, went bird hunting even. My fondest memory of Shona was in 1983. I was 11. He was 9. After tearing through the neighborhood in our bicycles, we would go to mama Fergie’s house. Ma Fergie made the best Magwinya, in the whole of Gaborone.”

Enhle Mbali, acted alongside Ferguson in the drama series, Rockville. She says she regards the Fergusons as her parents.

“Connie and Shona were a match made in heaven. It breaks my heart. When I prayed, I prayed for a break and I walked into an office of my two parents who auditioned me. It was a time in my life when I needed saving. Mr Sho was the most prayerful, giving person I had ever met.”

Gail Mabalane, who also acted in Rockville as well as The Wild, says, “When your death has such an impact, you know that you lived well. He wore God so well. And I remember when I met Mr Sho and sis Connie 10 years ago in the bush for the pre-production for The Wild. I was a small-town girl with zero experience. He was super confident yet so humble to make the next person feel they are worthy.”

Connie Ferguson wiped away her tears as she took to the podium.

She says she will do everything in her power to honour the man she loved and built the Ferguson Films legacy with.

“I have been loved by God more than I thought it was possible because God gave me an angel. I’m not crying now. I will cry later because today I’m celebrating my husband. I choose to celebrate a giant. My husband was a show man. You walked into a room and felt his presence. But here is what I have been grateful for, I can feel that that this angel was loved by many. If you think that Ferguson Films was great – because that’s my husband’s legacy – it’s going to grow from strength to strengths.”

Connie Ferguson has vowed that the show will go on in honour of her husband’s memory.

 Shona Ferguson memorial service