Jessica Nkosi didn't choose acting, acting chose her.
The award-winning actress once had dreams of becoming a lawyer but dropped out after failing criminal law in her second year.
The disappointment turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
The disappointment turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Jessica signed up for drama after noticing the department while sitting at her university cafeteria. She graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Performance degree.
Jessica then moved to Johannesburg to pursue her dream of becoming a famous actress.
Less than a year after her graduation, Jessica landed a role on what would become one of South Africa’s most popular soapies.
She made her debut as Qondi Ngubane on Isibaya in 2013. Jessica remains one of the telenovela’s leading ladies. However, the past weeks have certainly raised eyebrows on her exit from one of Mzansi's popular shows.
The star is a jack of all trades. She has hosted hit TV shows such as Our Perfect Wedding.
Here’s a look at Jessica Nkosi’s biography.
Jessica Nkosi Exits Isibaya
It seems the show has a number of its actors and actresses leaving the show and it leads many to wonder what is really going on. Jessica is not the first actress to leave the show in less than a month. Nomzamo Mbatha and Menzi Ngubane also left the show this month. Their exit also shocked many and had tongues wagging, about the future of the show.
Isibaya's production team confirmed to TshisaLive that she was 'taking a break.' According to Philly Kubheka, who is M-Net’s head of public relations and publicity for local entertainment channels, they wrote a statement in a bid to clear things up. Jessica’s planned trip to Ghana was written into the story. He also allegedly hinted at her possible return.
However, Jessica says that she wants to explore and expand her craft a little further in the industry. She is and will forever be grateful to the Isibaya team, but for now viewers should be on the lookout for her last episode on the show.
So, is she coming back or not?
Jessica Nkosi's Hygiene Tips
Definitely beauty and brains run deep in Jessica Nkosi's family and her latest post had many heaping her with praises. Who said educating others is boring? Jessica and her sister showed us how to make it fun, but what really got the attention of many is that they saw Jessica singing.
Wait, what? Jessica can sing? Is there anything that this beauty can't do
She posted a video which is part of the #EngenGwijoChallenge, aimed at educating the masses to stay hygienic and to sanitize their hands, to help flatten the spread of Covid-19. Jessica had many peeps convinced that, it was her singing alone with an incredible voice, some were not stunned at all because, homegirl is a performer.
Jessica however, revealed that it was actually her sister singing, not her. The pair had Mzansi swooning with their beauty and talent. Some people are just blessed, imagine being blessed with both beauty and talent, what more can you need?
Jessica Nkosi Age
Jessica Nkosi was born on January 20, 1990. She is 30 years old as of 2019. Jessica grew up in KwaZulu-Natal’s Empangeni community. She was very close to her parents, Jabu Nkosi and Nhlanhlayethu Ntuli. Jessica’s father died when she was in Grade 11. He had Hodgkin’s disease – a rare form of cancer. Jessica described her father as her “best friend”. She paid tribute to him in an emotional Instagram post in July 2019.
“Today was a bit of a difficult day for me...Today is my father’s birthday. I keep telling myself to smile. He would be proud, not only of me but my siblings as well. We all thriving and making him proud. God is carrying us. We are so blessed to have had the opportunity to call him dad. Myself, sis Nomusa, Swazi, Junior and Sphelele are so blessed... (RIP to my beautiful older sister Sis Nomusa),” she wrote.
Jessica Nkosi Boyfriend
Up until September 2019, Jessica Nkosi dated Uzalo star, Ntokozo ‘TK’ Dlamini. The couple reportedly started their romance in 2017. They kept their relationship under wraps until July 2018 when Jessica confirmed they were indeed a couple. She posted a picture with her boyfriend TK on Instagram and Twitter. “… this is the first and last time you will see him,” Jessica wrote.
Their hot romance ended abruptly after Jessica discovered TK was allegedly cheating on her. She took to Instagram to put the actor on blast. “To you who is seeing the father of my child behind my back. You are free to be with him fully now. *No more hiding lol*,” she wrote. Jessica added in a separate post: “And yes… I am heartbroken, shattered actually but you know what I will be fine… Good in fact.”
Jessica's loyal fans helped her uncover the truth. They allegedly took pictures of TK and the woman while they were out together on the down-low.
Jessica Nkosi Marriage
Jessica Nkosi and her boyfriend TK Dlamini were allegedly set to walk down the aisle before calling it quits in September 2019. While the actress did not confirm the engagement, she was spotted with a gorgeous rock on her “ring” finger in August 2018.
Jessica Nkosi Husband
Jessica Nkosi does not have a husband and has never been married.
Jessica Nkosi Pregnant
Jessica Nkosi confirmed her pregnancy on the cover of True Love magazine’s July 2018 issue. She shared a picture of the cover on her Instagram page.
“So I have something to share with you all. I’m very sorry I’ve been quiet and kept you in the dark about me. I’ve been going through a few things and decided to take a little break and get alright but I’m much better now...Now I’d like to share with you my blessing that God has gifted me with (well not just me... US lol).I feel chosen and blessed beyond compare,” she wrote.
Jessica did not share any details about the baby’s father. She hosted two lavish baby showers to celebrate her pregnancy. Jessica's “Twinkle Twinkle Little Jess” themed shower took place in July. She confirmed she was having a baby girl. Jessica invited some of her famous friends, including Thando Thabethe and Ntando Duma.
“I am so blessed though... I literally want to cry right now. Our little angel is even MORE BLESSED... She brings and exudes so much LOVE...” Jessica wrote on social media.
Jessica Nkosi held a second baby shower a few weeks later. Former Isibaya co-star Lind Mtoba attended the posh event.
“You’re going to be an amazing mom and the both of you great parents. I hope she has your kindness and warm nature. How you’re able to love without words,” Linda gushed on Instagram.
Jessica Nkosi Baby
Jessica Nkosi gave birth to a baby girl in September 2018. She shared the exciting news in a sweet Instagram post in October. Jessica named her daughter Namisa ‘Nami’ Dlamini.
“… God has shown himself great and mighty and powerful to us and just full of GRACE. I’m in awe of this girl… I love this girl with a love I can’t even begin to describe, I’m so blessed, I’m so in love. It’s been a month of pure bliss. This little star has stolen my heart. Twinkle Star is here guys???????????? and I’m a MOM... I have a daughter OMG!!!” she wrote in the post.” She wrote.
Jessica Nkosi Baby Daddy
Jessica Nkosi confirmed in July 2018 that her baby daddy is TK Dlamini. “Parents,” she captioned a picture of them together. After the birth of their daughter, Jessica thanked TK for giving her the best gift. “Thank you for, Nami,” she wrote on Instagram.
TK wrote a love letter to his daughter in October 2018 that melted his Instagram followers’ hearts.
“A month ago we received the greatest gift in the world,” he shared, “Dear Daughter, I promise to protect, lead, guide, provide and love you always. I also pray that God guides and shapes us to being the best parents we can be.”
Jessica Nkosi Instagram
Jessica Nkosi has 1.9-million Instagram followers as of September 2019. While she gives her fans a glimpse of her personal life on her page, Jessica is very guarded about what information she shares. She usually posts pictures from her red-carpet appearances and content related to her latest projects. Jessica also gives rare glimpses of her family life, including pictures of her day-to-day life as a mother.
Jessica Nkosi and Mbali Nkosi - Related?
Some of Jessica Nkosi’s fans are convinced actress Mbali Nkosi is her sister. While the women share the same surname they are not related. They might not be blood relatives but Jessica and Mbali have become close friends over the years and often joke about being called sisters.
“Lol. When @jessicankosi says I'm the younger sister but I'm older AND I'm not annoying. Well, I think I'm not #nkosiladies #zulugirls,” Mbali wrote on Instagram in October 2015.
Jessica Nkosi Controversy
TK Dlamini’s cheating drama was not the first time Jessica Nkosi had to deal with an affair scandal. The actress has also been accused of cheating. The Sunday Sun claimed in January 2015 that Jessica and fellow actress Nomzamo Mbatha were no longer friends because of a love triangle. The paper claimed that Jessica had an affair with Nomzamo’s fiancé at the time, Khaya Mthethwa.
Nomzmao allegedly found steamy text messages between Khaya and Jessica.
“Nomzamo couldn’t hold herself back anymore. She lost her cool and sent emails to the lovers to tell them their secret was out. On 28 December , Nomzamo told both of them she knew all about their affair. And she added they could carry on – with her blessings,” a source told the publication.
Neither Jessica nor Nomzamo confirmed the reason for their close friendship ending. Nomzamo did, however, hint in a 2016 interview on Expresso that she once had beef with someone in the industry.
“It was bad beef. We were friends and we’re not friends anymore. There’s no beef anymore we’re having chicken stirfry,” she joked.
Jessica Nkosi Dresses
Jessica Nkosi is one of the most stylish female stars in South Africa. The dresses she wears to red-carpet events have provided inspiration for scores of women’s looks. Here’s a look at some of Jessica Nkosi’s best dresses.
Jessica Nkosi House
Jessica Nkosi currently lives in Johannesburg. She often visits her family home in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal. She moved back into the home shortly after giving birth to her daughter. Some of her family members returned to Joburg with her so they can help her around the house while she adjusted to being on her own with her baby.
“It was so difficult, so all of my mothers came back with us - Ntokozo's mom too. So basically, my entire family came and helped us move back. The first week was good. I didn't feel like it was just me and Nami ... until everyone left and then reality sunk in. It's just the three of us and what do we do now? But we found such a lovely helper,” she told the Sowetan.
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