TV PRE­SEN­TER AND QUEEN OF THE VIL­LAGE

Jes­sica Nkosi spreads her wings

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JES­SICA NKOSI loved her time on Mzansi Magic’s Our Per­fect Wed­ding.

The actress pre­sented the show for a few months while the reg­u­lar host Them­bisa Mdoda was hav­ing a break.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence was lifechang­ing. I got to do what I al­ways wanted to do, present a TV show. I saw the growth with each episode I did,” she said.

Nkosi said work­ing on a re­al­ity show had en­abled her to meet in­ter­est­ing peo­ple.

“The sto­ries you get to tell and the fact that it was a love show was a bonus.

“We all love and we can re­late to it. It’s a univer­sal lan­guage, it saves, it pro­tects, it heals, it for­gives.

“And what a priv­i­lege it was for me to wit­ness that first hand,” she said.

Nkosi said if ever the op­por­tu­nity to host a show pre­sented it­self, she would go for it.

Now that Mdoda is back from her hol­i­day, Nkosi is fo­cus­ing full-time on play­ing her Isi­baya char­ac­ter, Qondi.

The role has seen Nkosi learn to stretch her act­ing skills from play­ing a young naive girl to be­com­ing the queen of the peo­ple in her vil­lage.

Qondi has ex­pe­ri­enced much pain af­ter leav­ing the love of her life and be­ing tor­tured by her now de­ceased hus­band.

“What was im­por­tant for me was to stay true to who she is.

“For me, in­ter­pret­ing the char­ac­ter was im­por­tant – her per­son­al­ity could not change.”

Nkosi said Qondi had to con­tinue be­ing who she was be­cause that was the char­ac­ter peo­ple had fallen in love with.

This was Nkosi’s first act­ing role and it con­tin­ues to be a cen­tral part of the te­len­ov­ela.

“As Qondi rules the en­tire vil­lage, she will face big and dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions.

“She will have to break out of her com­fort zone and do things she has never done or thought she would do, to once again save her fam­ily.”

Nkosi acted in the TV drama Ay­eye, along­side Thapelo Mokoena and SK Khoza.

She is the face of Clin­ique and last year was part of a global cam­paign with Gina Ro­driquez, Erendira Ibarra, Vic­to­ria Pendle­ton, Nazan Eckes and Ning Chang for the cos­met­ics com­pany.

She cel­e­brates her 27th birth­day to­mor­row and says she hopes that this year will be full of growth.

GROW­ING: Jes­sica Nkosi loved her time on the hit re­al­ity show Our Per­fect Wed­ding. She said she would love to present a show again if the op­por­tu­nity arose.

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