Famous people from Lesotho
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Letsie III of Lesotho
Letsie III is the reigning king of Lesotho. He succeeded his father, Moshoeshoe II, when the latter was forced into exile in 1990. His father was briefly restored in 1995 but soon died in a car crash in early 1996, and Letsie became king again. As a constitutional monarch, most of King Letsie's duties as monarch of Lesotho are ceremonial. He was educated in the United Kingdom at Ampleforth College. From there he went on to study at the National University of Lesotho where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law. He then went on to study at the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, and the University of London. He completed his studies in 1989, when he returned to Lesotho.
Moshoeshoe was born at Menkhoaneng in the Northern part of present-day Lesotho. He was the first son of Mokhachane, a minor chief of the Bamokoteli lineage- a branch of the Koena clan. In his early childhood, he helped his father gain power over some other smaller clans. At the age of 34 Moshoeshoe formed his own clan and became a chief. He and his followers settled at the Butha-Buthe Mountain.
Bethuel Pakalitha Mosisili is a Basotho politician who was Prime Minister of Lesotho from May 1998 to June 2012. He led his party, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy, to a near-total victory in the 1998 election, and under his leadership the party also won majorities in the 2002 and 2007 elections. While serving as Prime Minister, Mosisili was also Minister of Defense.
Desmond Dube is a South African singer, actor, mime artist and entertainer. He is known for his work in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Hotel Rwanda, Friends Indeed, Suburban Bliss and Joburg Blues. Desmond is a trained theatrical actor and has appeared in both commercial and street theatre. On stage he played the lead in Jozi Jozi, Peto and the musical Street Sisters and also appeared in the poorly received stage play Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He appeared in industrial theatre productions for Eskom, Siyabonga and the Aids Show. He is best known for his role in the "Amaglugglug" commercial for SASOL. Dube starred in the feature film Inside and Tarzan: The Epic Adventures and starred alongside Leon Schuster in Panic Mechanic and Millennium Menace. In 2002, Desmond starred opposite Oscar Nominee Armin Mueller-Stahl and Nthati Moshesh in The Long Run which was produced by Anant Singh. The film was acquired by Universal Focus, the speciality division of Universal Films for distribution worldwide excluding Africa. Dube on Monday, one of the most popular comedy variety shows on television in South Africa is broadcast on SABC 3. It is billed as South African television's first local post-weekend "beat the Monday blues" comedy variety show which appeals to all South Africans. However, poor reviews from a number of critics have led to continued calls for the show to be cancelled.
Moshoeshoe II of Lesotho
Moshoeshoe II, previously known as Constantine Bereng Seeiso, was the paramount chief of Lesotho, succeeding paramount chief Seeiso from 1960 until the country gained full independence from Britain in 1966. He was king of Lesotho from 1966 until his exile in 1990, and from 1995 until his death in 1996.
Joseph Leabua Jonathan was the second Prime Minister of Lesotho. He succeeded Chief Sekhonyana Nehemia Maseribane following a by-election and held that post from 1965 to 1986.
Tsidii Le Loka
Tsidii Le Loka is an actress, vocalist and composer from South Africa and The Kingdom of Lesotho. She is best known for originating the role of Rafiki in the original Broadway production of Disney's stage musical, The Lion King.
Prince Seeiso of Lesotho
Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of Lesotho is the younger brother of Lesotho's king, Letsie III, and son of the southern African country's late King Moshoeshoe II and the late Queen 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso. He is the current Lesotho High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. In April 2006, he and Prince Harry of Wales formed a charity called Sentebale to support organizations working with Lesotho's disadvantaged young people and children, particularly those orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS. His wife is Princess Mabereng Seeiso of Lesotho. They have three children - Prince Bereng Constantine Seeiso, Princess Masentle Tabitha Seeiso and Prince Maupha David Seeiso.
Lehlohonolo Seema is a Lesotho football defender and midfielder. He also holds South African citizenship.
Ntsu Mokhehle was a Lesotho politician. He served as Prime Minister of the country from 2 April 1993 to 17 August 1994 and from 14 September 1994 to 29 May 1998. Mokhehle was born in Teyateyaneng. He founded the Basutoland Congress Party in 1952 and led the party until 1997 when he resigned and formed a new political party, Lesotho Congress for Democracy. He did not attend an LCD conference in late January 1998 due to poor health and did not seek to be re-elected as party leader, but the party re-elected him anyway. After Mokhehle insisted he could not lead the party any longer, a new conference was held and Deputy Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was elected as party leader on 21 February. The LCD won the parliamentary election that followed, and Mosisili replaced Mokhehle as Prime Minister. Mokhehle died in Bloemfontein, South Africa on 6 January 1999.
Prince Lerotholi Seeiso
Prince Lerotholi Seeiso is a member of the Royal Family of Lesotho. Prince Lerotholi Mohato Bereng Seeiso was born in Maseru and is the third child and only son of King Letsie III of Lesotho and Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso. He has two older sisters, the Princesses Senate and Maseeiso. Prince Lerotholi was named after Lerotholi, the Paramount Chief of Basuto from 1891 to 1905. Prince Lerotholi was baptized as David at the Roman Catholic St. Louis Church at Matsieng on 2 June 2007 by the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Lesotho, Archbishop Bernard Mohlalisi. The Principal Chief of Likhoele, Lerotholi Seeiso, is his godfather.
Thomas Mokopu Mofolo is considered to be the greatest Basotho author. He wrote mostly in the Sesotho language, but his most popular book, Chaka, has been translated into English and other languages.
Mosito Lehata is a Lesothan athlete, primarily known as a 100-meter runner. He is the current holder of the Lesothan record for the 100-meter at 10.33 seconds, and has consistently won the national track championships on shorter tracks. He was eliminated in the first round of the Men's 200m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Lehata found success in the 200 m event at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics when he finished in the first round ahead of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and advanced to the semifinals.
Mokete Shadrack Chakela, more commonly known as Mosotho Chakela or just Chakela, was born 1963 in Mafeteng, Lesotho in Southern Africa. He is a cultural music singer in a popular Lesotho musical tradition called famo.
Sello Muso is a Mosotho footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Likhopo fc at Maseru. Since 2006, he has won 22 caps and scored four goals for the Lesotho national football team.
Katleho Moleko is a Mosotho football striker.
Thapelo Tale is a Lesothan football striker who plays for FC Andorra.
Lindka Rosalind Wanda Cierach is a British couturier and fashion designer. Notable clients include members of British and European Royal Families, Helen Mirren, Lady Victoria Hervey and Cherie Blair among others.
Princess Senate Seeiso
Princess Senate Mohato Seeiso is the eldest child of King Letsie III of Lesotho and his wife Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso. Princess Senate was born in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. The current laws governing the Line of succession to the Lesothan throne bar women from succeeding to the throne although there has been support within Lesotho for a change in the rules. So far no changes have taken place and the birth of a brother Prince Lerotholi Seeiso in 2007 means that he becomes the new heir to the throne. Princess Senate is the patron of the Non-Governmental Organization Coalition on the Rights of the Child which works to monitor and implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Lesotho.
Bokang Mothoana is a Mosotho footballer who plays for US Monastir.
Retired General Justin Metsing Lekhanya was the prime minister, defense minister and chairman of the military council of Lesotho from 24 January 1986 until 2 May 1991. Lekhanya was commander of the army when he overthrew Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan in a military coup following revelations that he had been the victim of a hoax by two Pan-Africanist Congress military commanders exiled from South Africa, Potlako Leballo and Bernard Leeman. They had served Lekhanya as a Lesotho Paramilitary Force Major in 1977 under a false identity. The hoax had resulted in Lekhanya financing the Lesotho Liberation Army against himself. Lekhanya immediately sought to improve relations with South Africa, which were strained due to Jonathan's support of the African National Congress. Lekhanya also gave more power to Lesotho's king at first, but later came into dispute with him, and he deposed the king in another military coup in 1990. The king was later restored, and himself was overthrown in a 1991 military coup. Lekhanya then became leader of the Basotho National Party, Lesotho's main opposition party, which only has a few seats in Parliament and, according to Lekhanya, has been the victim of fraud in the last several elections in Lesotho. Lekhanya was elected as Party Leader of the BNP at its Conference in March 1999, and he was re-elected as Party Leader at the BNP Conference held on March 31–April 1, 2001.
Masempe Theko is a Lesotho swimmer. She was born in Maseru. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and ranked at #73 overall. Theko would not advance to the semifinals.
Ralekoti Mokhahlane is a Mosotho footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for FC Balzers, Liechtenstein. He has won six caps for the Lesotho national football team since 2006.
Motlalepula Mofolo is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays for Lioli Teyateyaneng.
Bushi Moletsane is a Mosotho footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Lioli Teyateyaneng. Since 2003, he has won 21 caps and scored one goal for the Lesotho national football team.
Olympic Road runner
Mamorallo Tjoka is a Basotho long-distance runner who competed in the marathon event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was the flag bearer of Lesotho during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.
Tsepo Lekhoana is a Mosotho footballer who currently plays as a striker for Likhopo Maseru. Since 2008, he has won five caps for the Lesotho national football team.
Tsepo Ramonene is a long-distance runner from Lesotho. He represented his country in the 2012 Summer Olympics where he ran the men's marathon in 2:55:54, finishing 85th and last among the classified athletes. It was the second time he had run a marathon. After walking the majority of the last 3km, Ramonene summoned the strength to jog over the finish line nearly 48 minutes behind the race winner. Shortly after the crowd cheered him to the finish line, he collapsed with exhaustion.
Ronald Owen Lagden was an English sportsman who played first-class cricket for Oxford University and represented England at rugby union.
Neo Makama is a Lesothan footballer who plays as a striker. Since 2008, he has won four caps for the Lesotho national football team.
Moitheri Ngwenya Ntobo is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays for Lesotho Correctional Services.
Refiloe Potse is a Mosotho footballer who currently plays as a striker for Lesotho Prison Service. Since 2000, he has won 11 caps and scored two goals for the Lesotho national football team.
Thapelo Mokhele is a Lesothan footballer defender.
Tsoanelo Koetle is Mosotho international footballer who plays for Lioli as a midfielder. He played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.
Reitumetse Moloisane is a Mosotho footballer who currently plays as a striker for Lesotho Prison Service. Since 2008, he has won 13 caps and scored one goal for the Lesotho national football team.
Lehlomela Ramabele is a Lesotho footballer who plays for Botswana Defence Force XI FC.
Thabiso Maile is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a defender for Lerotholi Polytechnic. He has won seven caps and scored two goals for the Lesotho national football team since 2006.
Motheo Mohapi is a Lesothan former footballer who played as a midfielder. He played for the Lesotho national football team between 1995 and 2000.
Sean Dinesh Weeraratna is a Scottish cricketer who was born in Lesotho. Weeraratna is an allrounder who bowls right-arm medium-fast and has represented Scotland in every age level, including the 2004 and 2006 Under-19 World Cups. He made his first-class debut against Ireland during the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup but didn't play again until the 2007 tournament when he lined up against the UAE.
Thabo Masualle is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a defender for Lioli Teyateyaneng. He has won 15 caps and scored two goals for the Lesotho national football team since 2006.
Mokone Marabe is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a striker for Likhopo Maseru. Since 2008, he has won four caps for the Lesotho national football team.
Mabuti Potloane is Lesotho soccer player.
Mokheti Matsora is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a striker for LMPS Maseru. Since 2009, he has won two caps for the Lesotho national football team.
Sam Ketsekile is a Mosotho footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Lesotho Prison Service. He has won 15 caps for the Lesotho national football team since 2007.
Mohapi Ntobo is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a defender for Matlama Maseru. He has won 10 caps for the Lesotho national football team since 2003.
Moli Lesesa is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Joy Leribe. Since 2008, he has won 13 caps and scored one goal for the Lesotho national football team.
Kholuoe Phasumane is a Lesothan footballer, who plays as a goalkeeper.
Thulo Ranchobe is a Lesotho footballer who plays for Lesotho Correctional Services.
Tšepo Seturumane is a Lesotho soccer player.
Phoka Matete is a Lesotho footballer who plays for Linare FC.
Mpitsa Marai is a retired Lesothan footballer who currently works as an assistant coach for Lesotho Prison Service. He has won 29 caps for the Lesotho national football team.
Tatolo Mphuthing is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Roma Rovers. He has won eight caps for the Lesotho national football team since 2002.
Khoto Sesinyi is a Mosotho footballer who currently plays as a defender for Lesotho Prison Service. He has won 17 caps for the Lesotho national football team since 2003.
Mohau Koenane is a Lesotho football player who plays for Lioli FC.
Adam Siddorn is a football coach.
Motlatsi Maseela is a Lesothan former footballer who played as a defender. Between 1995 and 2004, he won 84 caps and scored one goal for the Lesotho national football team.
Thabane Rankara is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a striker for Lesotho Prison Service. He has won 11 caps and scored three goals for the Lesotho national football team since 2002.
Lire Phiri is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Lesotho Defence Force. Since 2003, he has won four caps for the Lesotho national football team. In 2000-01 he was the top scorer in the Lesotho Premier League.
Sidwell Mothea is a Mosotho footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Lesotho Prison Service. He won one cap for the Lesotho national football team in 2008.
Lengana Nkhethoa is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a defender for Lesotho Defense Force. He has won seven caps for the Lesotho national football team since 2005.
Lekunutu Tseounyane is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for LMPS Maseru. He has won four caps for the Lesotho national football team since 2008.
Tsoloane Mosakeng is a Lesothan footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Majantja Outhing. He has won three caps for the Lesotho national football team since 2008.
Mosiua Boseka is a Lesotho soccer player.
Tšeliso Sejake is a Lesotho footballer who plays for Likhopo.
Letšepe Marabe is a Lesotho footballer who plays for Flamengo Santos.
Dlomo Monaphathi is a Lesotho football player who plays for Matlama FC.
Tumisang Bereng is a Lesothan football player.
Lawrence Molengoane is a Lesotho football player who plays for Matlama FC.
Mandisa Bardill is an actress.
Kopano Tseka is a Lesotho football player who plays for Mphatlalatsane.
Molibel Janefeke is a Lesotho soccer player.
Mpho Matsinyane is a soccer player.
Ngoako Mapheelle is Lesotho soccer player.
Mokoenanyane Moahloli is a soccer player.
Tlale Maile is is a Lesothan football player.
Phillip Letsie is a Lesotho soccer player.
Libie Mojela Letsie
Libie Mojela Letsie is a football player.
Jeremiah Kamela is Lesotho soccer player.
Mohau Tale is Lesotho soccer player.