Seneo Mabengano is a 27-year-old model and actress born on April 27th, 1996, and is known for her role as Khumo in Muvhango. However, she rose to fame as Miss Botswana 2015.
While in high school, Mabengano began modeling and won the Miss Phikwe All Schools pageant. She subsequently took part in several beauty pageants and also appeared in commercials for various brands. She then gained global recognition after getting crowned as Miss Botswana. Seneo later transitioned into an actress after bagging the role of Khumo in Muvhango, and she aspires to be on Netflix someday.
How Old is Khumo from Muvhango?
Khumo from Muvhango, whose real name is Seneo Mabengano, is 27 years old. In Mmadinare, Botswana, the former beauty queen was born on April 27th, 1996. In April 2023, when she turned 27, she posted pictures of herself celebrating her birthday in style on Instagram.
The Botswanian is of mixed ethnicity. Her father is Greek, and her mother is Tswana. She relocated to South Africa after getting a role in the popular family telenovela Muvhango.
Seneo Mabengano Was Raised by Her Grandparents in Botswana
Seneo Mabengano grew up in an extended family while being raised single-handedly by her mother. Following the death of her mom at the age of 13, she was taken care of by her grandparents, who taught her family values and morals. Later in her formative years, Seneo lived with her aunt and her husband, who also played a part in her upbringing.
She reportedly met her father for the first time at the age of 20 in 2016. She started searching for her father after her mother’s demise. And her aunt helped her to connect with some Greek family who knew her father. She finally found him and reached out to him on Facebook.
Her father came to Botswana to meet her, and the two allegedly did a paternity test, which came out positive.
Seneo Mabengano’s Education
Khumo from Muvhango completed her primary and secondary education in Selibe, Phikwe, a town where she was brought up. From 2014 to 2018, she studied Professional Design at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology branch in Gaborone, Botswana. After her studies, she worked at the university’s main campus in Malaysia as a PR and Marketing Executive from March 2021 to November 2021.
Meanwhile, she previously worked at Moving Images Production based in Malaysia for five months. The actress further graduated with distinction in her Honours Degree in Digital Film and Television.
Khumo from Muvhango Won Miss Botswana at the Age of 19
While studying at Limkokwing University Creative Technology, Seneo Mabengano competed in the Miss Botswana pageant in the year 2015 when she was 19 years old. She defeated 29 other girls who participated in the pageant to win the Miss Botswana crown. Seneo was the only fair lady in the top three: Nicole Lisa Gaelebale was the First Princess, whereas Peggy Grynberg emerged as the Second Princess.
As a result of her skin complexion, Seneo Mabengano’s win was heavily criticized, as many people were against a woman of color representing Botswana. She, however, gave deaf ears to the criticism and focused on her duties as a beauty queen. She believed that besides her skin color, she shared the same traits with every Batswana.
For winning Miss Botswana, Khumo from Muvhango was given P100,000 prize money. She also received a new apartment from Apex Properties as part of her winning prize. The 27-year-old revealed that she would use part of her prize money to buy photography equipment as she is very passionate about art and photography.
Later, in December 2015, She represented Botswana at the Miss World pageant held in Sanya, China. At some point in the competition, Mabengano was ranked 18th out of the 117 contestants in the online voting. Though she didn’t win the Miss World pageant, she was in the tenth position in the multi-media award.
Throughout her reign as Miss Botswana, Seneo Mabengano invested her time helping the less privileged children. She worked with diverse non-profit organizations to raise awareness and also get support for them.
Seneo Mabengano Had Her First Acting Gig with Muvhango
Seneo Mabengano debuted on Muvhango as Khumo Motsamai, James Motsamai’s (Dingaan Khumalo) long-lost half-sister, in October 2022. She landed the role after seeing the audition poster on social media in Botswana and participated. Her introduction on the show paved an evil path for her as the first time she was seen in Muvhango, she murdered James Motsamai’s mother, Mma Moipone (Mmabatho Mogomotsi), in prison.
The role is the Batswana model’s first acting gig, and her family has a mixed reaction to the evil role she plays. On the show, she portrays the character of a go-getter who is determined to achieve her goals by fair or foul means. For her satisfaction, narcissistic Khumo would turn MMC upside down.
Playing a villain has been a good challenge for Seneo, who seems to be quite different from the character she is portraying in Muvhango. She hopes to see herself on Netflix in the future as she desires to grow in the film industry.
Seneo Mabengano’s Filmography
- Muvhango as Khumo Motsamai
Seneo Mabengano Launched a Fashion Show in 2017
Having garnered fame as a beauty queen in her country, Seneo Mabengano launched the first installment of her fashion show titled Season Sensations on May 27th, 2017, at Botswana Craft. She aimed to develop Botswana’s fashion and modeling industries into a sustainable type.
She also planned to use her show to develop and enhance skills by organizing conferences where established models would nurture the upcoming ones. Furthermore, Seneo partnered with the Botswana Council of Women (BCW) to hold charity events during which models participating in her show would get involved with community service, especially helping the less privileged children around Botswana.
Her fashion show held a special exhibition of eminent local designers in Botswana at House of Kay’s Kaone Moremong, Keno Custom Suits, and the tickets were sold for P250 for general and P550 for VIP.
Is Khumo from Muvhango Married?
No, Seneo Mabengano, best known as Khumo from Muvhango, is not married. Also, she is not known to be in a romantic relationship at the moment. In 2015, after becoming a beauty queen, she disclosed that she wasn’t interested in dating as her focus was to discover who she was and establish herself.
She added that she wants a man with vision, who is independent and has an authentic personality. In recent years, the Muvhango star has only shared posts about her career and social activities on social media. Hence, she is believed to be single.