When we meet 26-year-old Jessica Nkosi, she is in a particularly good mood.
“You can now call me an award-winning actress,” the Isibaya cast member jokes. She’s just nabbed the Best Actress gong at this year’s YOU Spectacular Awards.
“Did you know that Qondi (her character) was only supposed to be in three episodes?” she quips.
Luckily for viewers, Jessica clearly man-aged to win the producers over, and her role has now become one of the leading parts in the popular drama.
She has also been made a global ambassador for Clinique’s Difference Makers campaign, something she is very excited about. The campaign aims to inspire people to always make a difference whenever and wherever they can.
And Jessica is certainly doing that: she’s entered into a partnership with the Child-hood Cancer Foundation South Africa (Choc). Last year, she raised R100 000 for the organisation.
But tragedy has played a role in making the actress into the giver she has become today: her battle against cancer is inspired by personal experience.
At the age of 16, she lost her beloved father to cancer and later found out that he had HIV/Aids as well.