Jessica Nkosi turns 31: 3 memorable moments in honour of her birthday

Jessica Nkosi is an actress, mother and Mzansi celeb celebrating her birthday and all that she has managed to pack into her 31 years of life.

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Jessica Nkosi got her start with the role of Qondisile on the South African telenovela Isibaya which made her a household name. She then starred as Eve on Mzansi Magic's Ayeye just two years later.

Last year, she started playing the role of Thando Sebata on The Queen and fans are very clear about the level of the talent that the actress has consistently displayed across all her projects.

Jessica is celebrating turning 31 years old on 20 January and Briefly.co.za took a look at three of the star's memorable moments.

3 When she wowed everyone by singing at the SAFTAs

The actress impressed everyone when she got up on stage and sang at the South African Film and Television Awards in 2017. Fans and audience members knew about Jessica's acting talent but were delighted at being surprised by her lovely singing voice.

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2 When she went to the Seychelles for Tropika Island of Treasure challenge

The star did a stint on the adventure show and showed off a different side to her usual celebrity self by participating in a number of challenges for #TeamJessica.

1 When she kept it real about body image

Jessica posted the reality of life under lockdown when she joked about imagining being at the gym when she was really home in bed. She also clapped back at body-shamers and told them that she did not have space for negativity in her life. Happy 31st birthday Jessica!

In other birthday news, Briefly.co.za reported on the world-famous Dolly Parton celebrating her 75th birthday and calling for people to be kind to one another.

Dolly Parton is celebrating her 75th birthday. The iconic performer is recognised all over the world and has awards from every corner of the entertainment industry to her name.

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Her bright blonde hair and Southern twang have a remarkably disarming charm about them and might make her appear whimsical, but Dolly remains a driven career-woman, loving wife and devoted humanitarian.

Dolly posted a throwback photograph of herself from earlier days in entertainment and wrote a caption that expressed how her birthday wish was a call to kindness.

Dolly wrote:

"Thank you for all of the love on my birthday. This year my wish is a call for kindness. We can’t just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day. Love too often gets buried in a world of hurt and fear. We have to work to dig it out so we can share it with our family, our friends and our neighbors. So today, January 19th, let’s get to unearthing love."

Dolly showed her kindness to humanity as the star gave her support, and money, to coronavirus research. Just after the Covid-19 crisis had been declared a pandemic, Dolly donated $1 million dollars to Vanderbilt University's research into the virus.

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The university's research was directly involved in the development of the Moderna vaccine, which has had an incredibly high success rate against the virus.

The country singer's donation, which amounts to more than R15 million, was vital in the latest attempt at combatting the virus that threw the world into its current health crisis.

The world is certainly lucky to have had Dolly Parton for a whole 75 years.

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