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‘I Don’t Have Time For Anything Else’: Jessica Nkosi Speaks On Her Acting

Jessica Nkosi speaks to QuenchSA.com exclusively about her character on Isibaya and how her rise to prominence has not changed the way she sees her role as Qondi.

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Jessica Nkosi has completely changed the landscape of Mzansi Magic‘s telenovela Isibaya and what it means to be leading lady of the show. The role of leading lady has swapped very capable hands from Mkhabayi (Thembi Nyandeni) to Iris (Mampho Brescia) in the past, with both women toiling for absolute power through the chess-like displays of brute force and might. Qondi’s use of her allure might just be the oldest and the most powerful, the power of seduction. Of course, with her role  being cast in a rather violent and misogynistic world, the power wielded by a female can take an unprecedented turn. She presently reigns over eBhubesini with her husband and Bhekifa while her bloods lusts for the tender touch of the Zungu’s hitman Fezile. She swiftly manoeuvres her way through a tricky maize with both men willing to lay their lives for the once coy and soft spoken Qondi, while her sway over what happens to eBhubesini is at her whim.
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We caught up with Jessica Nkosi to find out more about her character and whether her shoulders have started to feel the weight of carrying such a blockbuster of a show. Unphased by the task at hand, Jessica explains that she doesn’t feel anything remotely akin to pressure. “There’s no pressure! Literally I get a script, I see it, I interpret it and I do myself which is act it up. I see Qondi going through a lot which might be interpreted as growth and it is growth in my eyes but with regards to pressure, no there is no pressure. I don’t necessarily look at it as Qondi is now lead. She now has a life, she’s now going through a whole lot in her life, that is how I look at it”, she said.
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We pestered on the nitty gritty things she does as Qondi to find out if she relates to any of the morally shunned upon activities she portrays. ‘Hardly so! I probably go through it with her but that is because that’s what the script says. The script writters are the bosses’ Jessica remarks . With such versatility, we pointed to the development of the character Qondi, starting out as a coy aid to the Zungu household to a woman with an opinion. ‘For me it’s not a difficult job. Acting is my job and it’s what I studied. I have a BA in drama and performing arts so whatever character that is written for me I will try interpret it the best way I know how. The beautiful thing about Ayeye‘s Eve and Qondi from Isibaya is that they were roles that were on two opposite sides of the spectrum and that is the beauty of acting, we don’t get type casted and we know we can play multiple roles’, she said passionately.

HER PROCESS…

Seeking a more in depth and personal reason to how she churns out such great emotion, we asked Jessica to share with us the various steps she takes in her preparation for a new role.
‘It’s reading the entire script and then getting a back story. Getting the history of the character and it’s not getting it through asking the, producer, director and the writer but forming a story on my own, in my head. So if this girl is a certain way, why does she act like this? There must be a story from the top, so I usually use that and make up a story, make up a history for my characters and that way it gives me a way forward’, she explains.
QondiAsked whether she intends on showcasing her talents on the big screen in the near future, she confessed that she currently has a lot on her play. ‘Definitely! I would like to do movies but as you know I’m on a soapie that is on 24/7 single day on TV. So everyday I’m shooting six o’clock till half past six, 12 hour days. So with that being said I don’t have time for anything else, I’ve had to rejected a lot of work because Isibaya was my first call’, Nkosi explains.
Lastly and probably the most important question considering that Jessica could have easily been part of the Victoria Secret catalogue, we asked her what she would do if she wasn’t an actress. ‘My calling is acting, I would be acting…I studied law for three years. I really wanted to do that so maybe I would have done that’, she giggles.

Catch Qondi on Isibaya every week day at 20:30 on Mzansi Magic Dstv channel 161.

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DJ Fresh Denies Sexual Assault Claims

He’s taking legal action.

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DJ Fresh has denied various sexual assault claims that surfaced recently on social media.

Real name Thato Sikwane, the 46 year old radio presenter became a subject of much furore following his appearance in the list of alleged perpetrators being implicated by the #AmINext Twitter movement, which seeks to expose and shame alleged perpetrators of gender based violence against women.

And while these social media accounts have named several South African male celebrities, Dj Fresh has distanced himself.

“The current allegations are false and without basis”, he expressed in a statement shared through his social media platforms. Adding; “They have been made and published, recklessly”.

“The fight against Gender Based Violence is one of the biggest battles in our countermand it saddens me that the focus is being shifted from the real issues and perpetrators”, he said.

RELATED: DJ FRESH OPENS UP ABOUT METRO FM DRAMA

DJ Fresh went also revealed that he is seeking legal counsel following the damning allegations made by a well known ex girlfriend, who is believed by some to have directed her Twitter posts about her an abusive “famous ex” to the popular broadcaster.

The 947 presenter shot down the claims, dismissing them as being “without merit”.

“I have, in the past, chosen to ignore this person, but due to the implications of the most recent statements,  the matter has been referred to my attorneys to handle.

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Burna Boy Vows To Never Come To South Africa

Burna Boy is livid!

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Not only did Burna Boy pull out from of his highly anticipated performance at this year’s Afropunk, but he also has no intention of ever setting foot in South Africa. Ever.

The African Giant on Tuesday ended his silence on the ongoing xenophobic violence in the country, lambasting the South Africa government for its failure to deal effectively with the spate of violence against foreign nationals and their property.

In a series of tweets that also slammed his former collaborator AKA over his remarks, the singer detailed his enduring strife with the country.

“I have not set foot in SA since 2017”, he revealed, “And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.” (Sic)

Burna Boy, who’s had decent commercial success in the country, also went on to mention his own personal experience with xenophobia.

Burna Boy echoes the sentiments by celebrities, both from South Africa and Nigeria, who have spoken out against xenophobic violence in South Africa. The likes of Wizkid, Davido, Jidenna and others have spoken out against the attacks.

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Babes Wodumo’s Controversial Account Is Still Hacked

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Babes Wodumo has apparently not been able to regain her account from the hacker who used her account to toss nasty jibes at Lady Zamar last month.

So she has no idea who took to Twitter to fire out more insults at Burna Boy, while also taking the liberty to vent xenophobic spleen amid the violence targeting small businesses and establishments owned by foreign nationals.

“Nidayida ama drugs zinja!!!” (sic) “Hambani!!!”, which translates to “You dogs are selling drugs. Leave!”

The attack on Burna Boy came  after he ended his silence with a series of explosive tweets.

The Giant of Africa hitmaker slammed AKA over freshly revived old tweets and the South African government over the recent spate of homophobic violence.

He has also pulled out from his highly anticipated performance at this year’s Afropunk in a boycott against the country that has been joined by Tiwa Savage, who’s also cancelled her performance at the looming 2019 DStv Delicious Food Festival.

Babes Wodumo took to his Instagram to distance herself from the tweets, asking her fans to help her report the account.

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