Jessica Sithole is a 22-year-old South African born actress and model. She is best known for starring as Nyakallo, an innocent young woman from Lesotho who came to Johannesburg to create a better life for her siblings in Mzansi Magic telenovela The River.
Full name: Jessica Sithole
Born: 2000 (age- 22), Bloemfontein, Free State Province
Nationality: South African
Occupation: Actress, Model
TV Shows: The River, Gomora
Years active: 2017 to present
Education: St Michael’s School For Girls
Alma Mater: University of Free State
Childhood of Jessica Sithole
She was born in 2000 in the town of Bloemfontein in Free State Province in South Africa. She grew up in the small town of Phahameng township. Her interest in modelling began at tender age and her mother signed her up in pageantry. She came up in the top ten finalists in pageants at that young age.
When she was in Grade 10, Jessica developed interest in acting. Since then, she has become increasingly fascinated with and curious about acting and the science behind it.
Education of Jessica Sithole
She obtained her basic education in the accredited schools of Bloemfontein in Free State. After that she attended St Michael’s School For Girls where she probably obtained her matric.
When she completed her matric she enrolled at the University of Free State where she obtained and graduated with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts. [ ¹]
Her main reason for studying drama and theatre arts was that she wanted to know more and understand an actor’s preparation process in bringing a believable character to the screen.
Career life of Jessica Sithole
She began her career in the entertainment industry in 2017, when she won Miss Glamorous Free State as a model. In 2022 she landed a role in Mzansi Magic drama series and telenovela The River of playing Nyakallo. Nyakallo is an innocent young woman from Lesotho who came to Johannesburg to create a better life for her siblings.
Her audition on The River was her very first acting audition and she was up against more than 50 other actresses. The talent she is showing on The River is sign she has got great acting career ahead of her. [ ²]
She also played the role of Nolo Makinta, a failed slay queen who’s been traumatised by men, in Mzansi Magic drama series Gomora. Apart from acting, Jessica is a brand ambassador for hair care brand Ruutos and for Mud Studio Bloemfontein, a make up services company. [ ³]
Personal life of Jessica Sithole
Pertaining religious beliefs, Jessica is a Christian. She believes if it wasn’t God she wasn’t going to make it in the acting industry. She is grateful to God, parents and friends who helped her to make it in the entertainment industry.
“A lot of people have contributed to this huge milestone; my parents,
with their steadfast support; my mentor, Apostle David Poonyane, with his fervent prayers; Lebo Leisa, who had suggested and pushed that I audition for this role; Tshedzapictures, who made my year by giving me this opportunity,” said Jessica to Bloemfontein Courant publication. [ ⁴]
Social media life of Jessica Sithole
She is on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. Her Instagram account with instahandle of @sitholejessica has got 46 thousand followers. She uses her social media platforms to entertain and keep in touch with her followers and fans.
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