By simply hearing his name, it ignites nostalgic memories for most small screen lovers of the Jam Alley but Nimrod Nkosi (47) has come a long way since in the television industry, is back with a different scope.
He is now pre-occupied with reuniting families in the psychological reality TV show Utatakho and working on a new role on e.tv’s Isipho.
And apart from TV roles taking up most of his time, Nimrod the husband to Charlene Nkosi for seven years, shares his time with his five-year-old boy. Move! news crew caught up with Nimrod to get a feel of his time management tricks.
In Isipho, Nimrod plays the main character Moses Shezi, a principal of a school for the extremely talented students. Has a wife, Nkayezi (played by Xoli Zondi), and daughter, Ntombi (played by Precious Ngidi).
Moses goes all the way lets nothing stop him, and he leaves no stone unturned, in his quest to fulfil a vision he has seen.
Nimrod is convinced that South African viewers will enjoy the show as it depicts a vivid picture of modern African semi-divine heroes, who are supernaturally abled.
Nimrod who values family first, is from a small nomadic family that consisted of him, his younger sister, Nelisiwe (44), and their parents, Zanele (67) and late dad Fana Nkosi.
Nimrod whose mom was a school administrator and father a clerk at a law firm, pays tribute to them, for working so hard so that he and his sister were well provided for. His father’s death at the age of 61, shocked many as he died an able man, from a fall.
He told Move magazine how pressing it would be to be an actor.
“Anyone who is married to an actor or an entertainer will know that it is quite taxing. We wake up early and come back late. In between all of that you have to make time to read your lines, spend time with family, go to auditions. For my wife to be patient with me and understand that this is my way of life, is admirable because it can be challenging.”
His son should consider himself blessed in having a father who knows the limits of his son's capabilities, and does not demand or expects too much from him. Who is happy to give him enough time to his own mistakes and learn from them. Nimrod was persuaded to the presenting auditions by a friend, and his debut show was SABC 1’s music and game show Jam Alley back in 1995.
“The late James Mthoba, actor and lecturer, was contacted by a production company about the presenting gig and he advised me to go for the audition,” he narrates.
According to Move Magazine, among his most celebrated parts of his voyage is presenting Mzansi Magic’s Utatakho, a show that helps children, together with their families, get closure and the truth regarding their paternity if there are doubts.
Nimrod said: “I cannot do the show without prayer because it can be emotionally draining. To present a show like this one needs emotional intelligence. You realise it’s not about who is right and who is not, and that your opinion doesn’t matter.”
Very often, he puts himself in the shoes of the distressed families, and in some instances cries of emotions, and request to be taken off camera. He opens up that he doesn’t force his way into people's lives, but they come to to express their feelings and situations in the show out of their own accord. They have covered seven seasons with 13 episodes so far.
He detests viewers who are judgemental and always trying to find faults with parties involved. Says there is a lot that happens behind the scenes, which should viewers have a chance to see, would appreciate the role of each part involved in the show.