Jessica Nkosi

Jessica Nkosi is a South African actress who is best known for portraying the character of Qondi on Mzansi Magic’s telenovela turned soap opera, Isibaya. She also portrays the character of Eve on Vuzu’s aYeYe.

Jessica Nkosi
Born Jessica Nkosi
January 20, 1990
South Africa
Education UKZN
Occupation Actress
Since 2013 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Jessica Nkosi was born in the township of Esikhawini in the town of Empangeni in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

She is the daughter of a school teacher, Nhlanhlayethu Ntuli (mother) and a late school inspector, Jabu Nkosi † (father).

Jessica Nkosi did not meet her father until she was 10 months old, when she was born her father was overseas studying, this is according to an article published on the website of Bona magazine.

Her parents separated when she was young, her mother got married to someone else and she [Jessica Nkosi] went to live with her father in Eshowe – a town located on the south west of Empangeni, “my mom was now married and I wanted to be closer to my father.”

Her father passed away when she was in grade 11, “I always thank her [Nhlanhlayethu Ntuli ] for not being selfish and for letting me go, especially because my dad passed away from a rare cancer called Hodgkin’s when I was in grade 11,” Jessica Nkosi was quoted by Bona.

It is understood that she was born Jessica Ayanda Nkosi, this is according to her Facebook page; however, an article published by the website of People Magazine South Africa reported that Ayanda Nkosi is her [Jessica Nkosi] older sister.

The article titled “Jessica Nkosi Bares It All” states, “Jessica Nkosi has a wonderful relationship with her publicist, Phahlele Chiloane. Phahlele has known Jess (as she endearingly calls her) through Jessica’s older sister, Ayanda.”

Jessica Nkosi started her schooling at Empangeni and later moved to Eshowe to attend a Catholic boarding school from Grade 3, she remained in that school until she matriculated.

After completing her matric she enrolled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) to study a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), it has been reported that she decided to study law after being inspired by an SABC 1 drama series titled “Sokhulu and Partners”.

Jessica Nkosi failed her second year law studies, “I’ve never told anyone, but I failed Criminal Law in my second year,” she revealed this in an interview with Bona magazine.

She stayed at the University of KwaZulu-Natal but switched from Bachelor of Laws to Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Drama and Performing Arts.

In 2012 Jessica Nkosi obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Performing Arts from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Shortly after completing her studies a friend convinced her to send a profile to a production house, The Bomb Shelter, which was casting a new television show; “I was visiting a friend when an old friend from Joburg, called asking for my photos and details, which he wanted to submit to a new TV show. I used my friend’s laptop to send my details immediately,” Jessica Nkosi was quoted.

A week later she received a call from The Bomb Shelter telling her they will be holding auditions at the Bat Center in the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province.

She traveled from Esikhawini township of Empangeni to the city of Durban where she stayed at a relative’s place for the night and made her way to the audition the next morning only to find out the audition may not what she had hoped it was, “some guy said we were there to audition for a short film that would pay us R200. That hit hard.  I told myself if it meant getting one step closer to acting, I would do it,” she recalled to Bona.

As it turns out the guy was wrong and the audition was for a then new Mzansi Magic telenovela called IsiBaya produced by Angus Gibson; she later got that job and was cast as “Qondi”.

In 2013 Jessica Nkosi auditioned for a presenter job at SABC 3’s long running lifestyle and travel magazine show, Top Billing, but did not make it.


Prominence, 2013 – to date

In 2013 Jessica Nkosi was cast on Mzansi Magic’s original telenovela, IsiBaya, where she portrays the character of Qondi.

Acting for the first time, she joined a cast consisting of experienced actors including Siyabonga Thwala, Bheki Mkhwane and Thembi Nyandeni as well as relatively inexperienced actors including Sdumo Mtshali and Pallance Dladla.

Jessica Nkosi was not the only newcomer to the entertainment industry on IsiBaya, the other was 2012 MTV Base VJ Search runner-up Nomzamo Mbatha.

In January 2015 she was cast in a Bomb Shelter produced drama series, aYeYe, which airs on Vuzu.

On that drama series Jessica Nkosi portrays the character of Eve and it stars; Thapelo Mokoena, Sthembiso Khoza and Mpho Popps.



Year Title Role Notes
2013 – to date IsiBaya Qondi Main Cast, Soap Opera
2015 aYeYe Eve Supporting Role, Drama Series
2016 – to date Our Perfect Wedding Herself Guest Host

Personal Life

Jessica Nkosi had spent her childhood and formative years in the KwaZulu-Natal province before she was cast on IsiBaya and had to move to Johannesburg in the Gauteng province.

Jessica Nkosi and Nomzamo MbathaShe met and became friends with cast-mate and fellow newcomer, Nomzamo Mbatha who is also from KwaZulu-Natal during the IsiBaya auditions.

“We naturally became friends when we met at the audition. When I’m not on set, I’m home, at the movies or with Nomzamo. We’re good friends, Jessica Nkosi was quoted by the Sunday World in September 2013.

As of January 2015 numerous publications have reported that the pair has fallen out due to Jessica Nkosi’s friendship with 2012 Idols SA winner Khaya Mthethwa who reportedly dated Nomzamo Mbatha at one point.

A number of reports sought to claim that Jessica Nkosi was or is in a romantic relationship with Khaya Mthethwa, to this she responded by saying, “I’ve known Khaya for a long time and we are friends. Nomzamo knew and was okay with it. Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening!”

The Sunday World quoted Nomzamo Mbatha saying, “I’m so confused. I just lost my sister and I’m not in the right head space for this. I’m not going to say [the allegations about Mthethwa and Nkosi] are true or false. She’ll have to comment on that herself. She’ll give you all those answers. I’m no longer in communication with both of them.”