Jessica Nkosi: From Empangeni to the World

Jessica Nkosi’s biography will inspire you to follow your dreams. 

The Empangeni beauty started her journey to stardom as a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She enrolled as a law student but switched courses to pursue her passion – acting. 

In 2012, Jessica obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Performance degree.

“I learnt discipline, hard work and that getting an education in something you love is very important. My theatrical training came in very handy as I’m now on TV, I learnt the importance of time and respecting my fellow colleagues,” she told UKZN in an interview.

After graduating, Jessica moved to Johannesburg to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
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While living in the City of Gold one of her friends told her about an upcoming TV drama. The friend sent her portfolio to the production house working on the show.

Jessica later got a call back and was asked to audition for the part of a shy rural woman. 

Several months after graduating from university, Jessica bagged her first major acting role – Qondi Ngubane on Isibaya.
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She started playing the character in 2013 and remains one of the Mzansi Magic show’s leading ladies six years later. 

“Going to set and being this girl seriously saves me. Being able to step out of myself and become her keeps me sane. She saves me in more way than I can count,” she in an interview.

Jessica, who was born in Empangeni on January 20 in 1990, is also a respected TV presenter. 

She has hosted hit shows such as our Our Perfect Wedding and BET A-list.

Jessica has also made TV appearances on aYeYe, MTV’s Lip Sync Battle Africa, Zaziwa, Tropika Island of Treasure and It's OK We're Family.

The 29-year-old's talent has not gone unnoticed.

She has received several awards, including ‘Favourite Actress’ at the YOU Spectacular Awards in 2016.

Her star power has attracted top brands such as Clinique and Volvo. 

Magazines like BONA, True Love and The Bar are also calling her up to be a cover star.
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When she is not on the set of Isibaya, Jessica is at home enjoying quality with her partner Ntokozo ‘TK’ Dlamini and their daughter Namisa, who was born in late 2018.

"Motherhood is amazing. I'm still trying to find my feet; I have never lived in Johannesburg with a child. I'm trying to find my new normal. You know, when you leave a baby at home and go to work there is a sense of guilt. I'm finding my balance,” she told SowetanLIVE.
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Main image credit: Instagram/@jessicankosi

Written by:
ZAlebs Team