Jessica Nkosi was born in the city of Empangeni in KwaZulu Natal Province on the 20th of January 1990. She is a 32-year-old South African actress and television presenter. She is best known for playing the role of Qondi from Mzansi Magic drama series and telenovela which turned to soapie IsiBaya.
Full name: Jessica Nkosi
Born: January 20, 1990 (age- 32), Empangeni, KwaZulu Natal Province
Nationality: South African
Occupation: Actress, TV Presenter
TV Shows: IsiBaya, The Queen
Years Active: 2013 to present
Networth: $16 million
Early age of Jessica Nkosi
She was born to Jabu Nkosi and Nhlanhlayethu Ntuli in Empangeni in KwaZulu Natal Province in South Africa. She had her earlier childhood in Empangeni but she relocated to Eshowe to live with her father after the separation of her parents. This is when her mother had remarried another man. According to Jessica, living with her father was great, she daddy’s little girl.
Her father was her biggest fan when she started pursuing modelling career in her early teenages. But things turned out bad when her father got gravely ill.
She looked after him while he was sick until the time of his death. When her father died, Jessica who loved her father dearly thought it was better if she could die as well. “I thought it would be better if I walked out and got hit by a car and died as well,” she said channel 24. [ ¹]
Education of Jessica Nkosi
Jessica Nkosi attended and obtained her basic education including matric in the accredited schools in Richards Bay. When she finished her matric, she enrolled at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) to study law. But she dropped out of law school in pursuit of her dream of becoming an actress.
So, she switched courses and register for drama studies in her second year of studying law. She realized that she loves acting while at the University. According to her, the university gave her exposure to other careers and acting was the one that stole her heart. When she switched to acting, she didn’t notify her parents nor any family member.
Upon finishing her studies at UKZN, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Performance degree from the university. While studying at UKZN, Nkosi concurrently received training in theatrical performances which was of aid in her acting career. [ ²]
Acting and presenting career of Jessica Nkosi
When she finished her studies, she relocated to Johannesburg to pursue her career in acting. She landed her first acting job in 2013. She played the role of Qondi, a sweet and beautiful rural girl who finds herself falling in love with tough guy Fezile, in Mzansi Magic telenovela which turned out to be soapie opera Isibaya.
On the drama she played alongside Thembi Nyengeni and Siyabonga Twala. For playing Qondi on the drama, Jessica was nominated for the royal Soapies Awards. She was also awarded Favourite actress at the 2016 YOU Spectacular Awards for the role.
After that she bagged another role which was challenging because she wasn’t going to act as a village girl anymore. She was going to act as an advertising executive Eve in Mzansi Magic’s risqué drama, Ayeye. Unlike Qoda in Isibaya was a village girl puts on a doek, Eve was the opposite, she was aware her sexuality and a typical city girl.
Her other career highlight was to be a guest presenter on Mzansi Magic’s first episode of Our Perfect Wedding. She has so far added to acting resume many other roles including playing villainous Thando Sebata in Mzansi Magic drama series The Queen. She was a presenter of BET A-List season 1 and she was a contestant of Tropika Island of Treasure Season 7. [ ³]
Personal life of Jessica Nkosi
Jessica Nkosi was in a relationship with T.K Dlamini from 2017 to 2019. They were blessed with a child, a daughter by the name of Namisa Dlamini. They welcomed their daughter in 2018 and they were ever joyed. [ ⁴]
Who are Jessica Nkosi’s parents
Her parents are Jabu Nkosi her father and Nhlanhlayethu Ntuli her mother. But they separated while she was still young, her mother separated with Jessica’s father to marry another man. And Jessica went to live with her father who died from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when Jessica Nkosi was doing grade 11.
Networth of Jessica Nkosi
For an actress like Jessica who has been in the industry for nearly a decade it is quite obvious that she has built a good income from acting and presenting. Her networth in 2022 according to Glusea website, is estimated at $16 million which is equivalent to R240 million rands. This is quite obvious that such a 9 figure networth is not all from acting, so a question remains where is she getting all her networth.
Is Jessica Nkosi on social media
Just ONE HOUR to go until Linda's #HousekeepersMzansi season 3 clean up.
Are you ready for 20:00 tonight?
— Mzansi Magic (@Mzansimagic) April 4, 2022
Yes, Jessica is on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Her Instagram account of instahandle @jessicankosi has got 3 million followers and her Twitter has got 1.6 million followers with twitter handle @JessicaNkosi. And her Facebook page has got 80 thousand followers but it has been years since she updated her page. The last update was in 2020.
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