Leading Lady pays tribute to Alma Mater, with her smile and gorgeous features, UKZN alumnus and actress Jessica Nkosi is indeed a leading lady. She describes herself as driven and zealous and says that she owes her “acting chops” to the Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Performance degree she received from UKZN. Nkosi says it “served as a base for my passion for acting.”

“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.”

Nkosi who hails from Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal moved to Johannesburg to kick- start her career in the television industry. Her determination, hard work and natural talent led her to South African TV screens where she landed a role in Isibaya.

Her character, Qondi was only due to be on screen for a few episodes but audiences loved the character so much that now, at 26 years old, she is one of the leading characters and has been on Isibaya for three years. She was nominated for the royal Soapies Awards and was awarded Favourite actress at the 2016 YOU Spectacular Awards.

Nkosi made her mark as a TV personality, presenting reality show Our Perfect Wedding. She is Africa’s global ambassador for Clinique and her personality and work ethic shows that her beauty shines from the inside. Nkosi has also appeared on the covers of BONA and True Love magazines.

offering advice to other aspirant actresses, she said, “You need to study the craft of acting and be committed to it because it isn’t as easy as it seems. You need to be prepared for long hours and hard work.”

– Melissa Mungroo