Nicola Jackman is an innovative, award-winning Performing Heartist, Story Weaver, and Thrive Facilitator. Born in Zimbabwe she attended 13 schools around Southern Africa and continues to keep moving, with her creative and inspirational facilitation and story weaving around the world.

Performing Heartist
Nicola has taken her Soap Opera acting journey from Isidingo in 1998 to much greater levels on stage and screen, where she continues to be a popular Story Weaver, MC & Keynote Speaker of choice. From conferences to board rooms – she travels internationally enthusing joyous delight as an MC, or with her keynote talks (see her TedXCapeTown Talk here), story weaving sessions, “Popuptheatre”, her spoken-word UV show “LooneyVerse” and her acclaimed one-woman family show and book “MAfrika”.

Joy Catalyst
Nicola is also a Thrive coach and joy catalyst – as the founder of The UPliftment Programme ( a successful South African rooted charity inspiring humanKIND to practice being both human and KIND, they’ve trained up hundreds of volunteers – who share love and joy in homes and hospitals – bringing emotional care to those that need it most. This focus on joy – gave Nicola the awesome opportunity of being a TedX Cape Town speaker in 2014. She was also one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year in 2013 and in 2015 she became a global ambassador of kindness.

“I’ve been a performing heartist for most of my life, professionally on stage & screen for 24 years and my stand for humanKIND has me MCing, coaching, and mentoring for the past 15 years too. I love encouraging good people to live joyfully thriving lives. I share tools in groups and in person and I’m grateful to have supported hundreds of individuals to live happier and healthier lives.

Please tell us a little more about yourself and your journey thus far. Xtraordinary Woman Of the Month Nicola Jackman
I love to create joyful spaces for brothers and sisters of our world, to remember how to thrive.

Creativity, self-expression, kindness, and the weaving of our stories make my heart sing.

I’ve been professionally performing with my full heart for over 26 years, and my passion for joy and thriving has surpassed 17 years.

My biggest moments so far:

  • Isidingo – played the part of Elise Buller for the show’s first 3 years
  • Have written 3 books so far
  • Nominated for theatre award for “MAfrika” – my one-woman show
  • Created and sustained – The Upliftment Programme charity – and it continues to bring joy to hundreds of children and the staff of homes around South Africa
  • TedXCapeTown talk in 2015
  • Glamour Award – one of the Women of the Year 2014
  • Creation of Thrivors 2017.

Please tell us a little more about how your company came about.
I co-created Thrivors Productions with Torsten Kremser and Ryan Christian, following our shared desire to co-create a thriving world. We felt that through media we could influence, enthuse hope, and inspire action in our world. We felt edutainment was the best way to support the world to move beyond the survivor story and become thrivors together.

Please tell us a little about the Thrivors TV Series and how it came about.
It’s a 5-year dream in fruition – to see a real tv show that shows the best of our human traits and the challenges we all face in our world.

This bold new Real Tv series has no eliminations and showcases the real competition – our egos and limited time. Each season explores the human condition and our human capacity to thrive as we work together for the greatest good of all.

We wanted to put a spotlight on the bold leaders who already live in a way where they care for others and the world – while they also take care of themselves.

With this in mind – season after season, “Thrivors” audience will experience a new hand-picked group of 8 thrivors, chosen for their diverse and unique mastery – across innovation, arts, human relating, science, business, and technology – live and work together for 21 days.

Watch the extended trailer below:

Should you be busy with any other interesting initiatives, please tell us a little more about it.
With we’ve just brought out our 42 Card deck – that comes with 42 Centering Thoughts and 42 guided visualisations, there’s a pre-order limited edition opportunity to buy them – on
I started this NPO – in 2003 – The Upliftment Programme – we share joy with children in homes and community centres –

I write and share poetry and story-weaving on Instagram and Facebook and I coach and facilitate fun and inspiring ways, for all to Thrive. – Find more on

What is it that you are passionate about?
Supporting our world to be in peace-loving, unified, thriving harmony.

Who or What has been the biggest influence in your life and why?
Fred Donaldson – for assisting me to embody the reality of LOVE – that surpasses FEAR on every level!

What is your personal “motto”?
Be in the practice of Win-Win wins. Keep in the practice of living in a way where I win, others win and I win at the same time.

What advice would you give a woman wanting to follow her dreams?
Step 1: Detail your Dream – create it like a future memory.
Step 2: Play every day in your dream (for at least 10 mins per day).
Step 3: Take the consistent inspired actions you are called to do.
Step 4: Practice being in peace and love.
Step 5: Repeat Steps 1-4 until you’re living your dreams – keep following what your heart calls you to do.

Who or what is your inspiration and why?
Caroline Myss – for facilitating so much learning and building our strengths through prayer and knowledge.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Just keep at it and develop your Spirit – it will keep you on the Ultimate Path and Grace flows there.

Your favourite daily affirmation:
Every day in every way I am getting better and better.

Your favourite quote:
“Love as much as you breathe.” ~Fred Donaldson

Which book are you reading now?
Seer Out of Season – The Life of Edgar Cacey by Harmon Harkell.

Which book can you read over and over again?
GOD by Deepak Chopra.

What are your top 3 business tips?
Meditate: To make time to listen deeply and rejuvenate in stillness, find this in all moments.
Move: Keep moving your body and taking consistent actions on your dreams.
Create accountability: To keep you balanced in loving growth and rest – both!

What would you say is your secret to success?
More and more, I follow my heart’s calling. It saves me so much time, I let go of “limiting anythings” and think about ways to serve what I feel deeply called to and it always looks like Win-Win wins.

One piece of general advice that you’d like to share:
THE WAY TO THRIVE: Appreciate and co-create the future right now, consistently take actions, and choose ways of being, that are Win for self, others, and the world at the same time! Win-Win wins!!!

Is there anything that Xtraordinary Women can do to assist you on your journey?
Yes – if you’d like to gift yourself, friends, or clients with our 42 Centering Thoughts Card Deck. We are running a pre-order limited edition opportunity to buy them for Christmas and end of year gifts. Basically, you’d receive a signed box set of 42 unique cards, each with their own QR code – which gives you access to 42 online guided visualisations, plus a little surprise bonus gift. See more on


I’ve been immersed in self-development for over 15 years and active in service through the UPliftment Programme ( and hundreds of facilitations and trainings. I’ve learnt, practiced, and evolved tools that support my clients to live the life of their dreams and thrive (no matter the shift in their inner our outer lives or that of our world is).

I sincerely believe it is time we move on beyond the old narrative of survival and into the co-created infinite potential of THRIVING. I’m here to support you – email me on

Contact Information:
Website: |
Facebook Page: Nicola Jackman | Thrivors – TV Series
Instagram: @NikkiJackmanJoy | @thrivorstv
Twitter: @NicolaJackman
YouTube: Thrivors TV