Sunday Express

Jessica Nkosi exits from Isibaya

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THE past month has been a roller coaster for Isibaya producers and viewers.

The popular Mzansi Magic soapie said goodbye to two of its biggest stars, Menzi Ngubane and Nomzamo Mbatha in one month.

Now comes the news of another big star leaving the Isibaya set, Jessica Nkosi. The award-winning actress will be “taking a break” from the soapie.

In a statement, M-Net’s head of public relations and publicity for local entertainm­ent channels, Philly Kubheka, said that Jessica’s planned travels were written into the story of her leaving the show, and hinted at her possible return.

“Jessica is going to Ghana, and Jessica’s trip to Ghana is part of a story on Isibaya. Production­s often create a story with someone travelling to allow them to take a break or to do other short projects,” Kubheka said.

“Jessica has taken a break from the show in the past. In 2017 she left

Isibaya for two months to work in theatre. At the time she starred in Maria: The Story of the Son of God.” Jessica told TshisaLive at the time: “It’s just something I felt I wanted to do at this point in my career”.

“The opportunit­y availed itself, and I guess it found me at a point where I was like, ‘yes yes yes!’ Having studied drama, the last time I was on stage was in my final year and I missed it.”

The former Our Perfect Wedding presenter and Volvo Ambassador has played the role of Qondi on Isibaya for most of her career. — IOL

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