Nicola Jackman

Nicola Jackman is a highly entertaining, unique & Uplifting speaker with over 15 years professional experience. She’s an award-winning, international actress, poet, joy catalyst, TedX Speaker, social entrepreneur and author. As she puts it, “I am a ‘YAY-SAYER’, I combine the catalysing joy with my performing HEART – to actively engage humankind, as I share sustainable FUN and solution orientation to support our co-creation of a future fit for ALL.”


Her ability to support business in personal sustainability, with powerful tools for emotional wellness and innovative thinking and being, has her working with corporates internationally.

Previous clients include Pick’nPay South Africa, Spes Bona Namibia, Hirt & Carter Media South Africa, Erongo Red and Namibia Health Plan.


She founded the successful charity The UPliftment Programme in 2003 ( and since then she’s been purposefully inspiring thousands to live joyfully and be humanKIND – both human and kind.


Her accolades include:

Naledi Theatre award nomination for her show MAfrika 2015, TedX Speaker Cape Town 2014, SAFTA Nomination for best actress in a TV comedy 2014, one of Glamour Magazines “Women of the Year” 2013 and global ambassador of kindness in 2015, 3 years leading role in local soap opera – Isidingo 1998-2001.


What folks say about Nicola:

“Nicola gave us a good giggle too, with a side-splitting joy session” HEART FM Cape Town

“With today’s fear and stress, Nikki’s talks are a breath of fresh air!  Her bubbly and joyful interaction guides everyone out of their heads and into Giggling Gaffaws…” 
Synergy Seminars, Namibia


“Nikki puts a lot of energy into her work and it germinated a seed in our minds that we should try and look on the bright side; A worthwhile workshop –I’ll definitely use Nikki’s services again.” Marketing Pick ‘n Pay.


“Highly entertaining, enthusiastic and passionate speaker – a real “live wire and lots of fun”. Sunflower Fund


What could you book Nicola for?:

SUSTAIN-ABILITY starts with humanKINDness 
- this remarkable talk, covers tips and tools for living purposeful, solution orientated lives. These talks are packed with all the leanings’ she’s picked up from working with sustainability leaders, artists and social innovators internationally.


The power of humour & JOY in the workplace – This talk is pure joyous inspiration that enthuses audiences to step UP and bring play back to work. Folk learn the tools to mastering joyously in these shifty times.


How Giving Saved ME & transformed ME into WE – Nicola’s personal story is packed with heart felt sharing and gives the audience access to how we can improve the power of our teams. “Focus on the GiVe” – she says, “I learnt to focus on the give and the get took care of itself”.


MAfrika’s message – This unique talk is presented by Nicola’s character “MAfrika” (a 7 year old little girl from another land). She talks about how to overcome fear and choose love again, especially when it seems to hard.


Nicola can also tailor make something for your event


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