The rising star of Warona Setshwaelo – from Botswana to Hollywood

We at YourBotswana love to celebrate Batswana doing it for themselves while putting Botswana on the map. So, when we discovered that our very own Warona Setshwaelo is making her mark in A-list Hollywood movies we couldn’t resist running an article on her. How many of you knew that Warona, a Motswana, has had parts in A-list movies? From video game voiceovers, a role as a tv talk show host, the small screen to movies, Warona is slowly carving out a place for herself in Hollywood, a sure case of watch this space!

Who is Warona Setshwaelo?

Warona Setshwaelo was born in Gaborone, Botswana to supportive parents who always taught her she could achieve whatever she put her mind to. From a very young age, their passion for development and activism inspired Warona to be brave in her life choices. Raised in Ethiopia, Swaziland, South Africa and Botswana, it is perhaps that courage instilled in her by her parents that saw her making the move the US, a move that would pave the way for her movie stardom.

She studied at Virginia Tech for four years,  graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts. Thereafter, she went on to work in several related fields including video editing, radio hosting, MC-ing and acting. 

She maintained a steady career abroad with shows including Truth and Treason; Teesri Duniya, The Nutmeg Princess, New Canadian Kid and Stori Ya; Black Theatre Workshop, Humans and Elizabeth Rex; Tableau D’Hote Theatre and Pinocchio; Geordie Theatre, Blind; Scapegoat Carnivale, If We Were Birds; Imago Theatre and The Waiting Room; Tarragon Theatre.

After a short tour with the National Players out of Olney Maryland, she moved back to Botswana where she participated in the first international Big Brother series: Big Brother Africa. Following that, she moved to Montréal in 2007 to pursue her acting career, where she happily resides to this day. Warona lives with her partner,  Mike Payette, Artistic Director of Geordie Productions and her daughter, Khaya. All her hard work is bearing fruit – see below for some of her work to date.

So, what’s Warona been in? Here’s a list of some of her work!


  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint (Video Game) 
  • Dr. Grace Maddox (voice)
  • Deadly Secrets (TV Series) 
  • DeCynda
  • The Truth Hurts (2019)… DeCynda


  • On the Basis of Sex 
  • Gladys
  • The Detectives (TV Series) 
  • Sylvie Teague
  • The Walk Home (2018)… Sylvie Teague
  • The Death and Life of John F. Donovan 
  • Mother (uncredited)
  • Birthmarked 
  • Tv Talk Show Host
  • Death Wish 
  • Nurse Carla
  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins – The Hidden Ones (Video Game) 
  • Tahira (voice)


  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Video Game) 
  • Tahira (voice)
  • The Disappearance (TV Mini-Series) 
  • Obstetrician
  • Treasure Hunt (2017)… Obstetrician


  • This Life (TV Series) 
  • Registrar Employee
  • Destruction as Creation (2016)… Registrar Employee


  • Quantico (TV Series) 
  • Trauma Counselor
  • Clue (2016)… Trauma Counselor
  • The Division (Video Game) 
  • Larae Barrett (voice)


  • Northpole (TV Movie) 
  • Jasmine
  • 19-2 (TV Series) 
  • Depanneur Owner
  • Welfare Day (2014)… Depanneur Owner

Well done, Warona! Keep at it; one day we’ll be celebrating with you as you are rewarded for your hard work with award after award. Watch this space.


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