Nelisa said she was raised by her single mom in Wartburg in KwaZulu-Natal along with her siblings.
Her dad died when Nelisa was four, but she has fond memories of visiting him during holidays.
When she was in Grade 8 Nelisa and her two brothers had to move from the suburbs in KwaZulu-Natal to a township in Inanda to stay with her grandmother because her mom was having financial issues.
Right after high school Nelisa said she went to study Media studies at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits).
At one point, she had to drop out of school because her mom could no longer afford the fees. An opmiatic Nesisa became a waitress then later worked as an assistant for a PR company.
The star later landed a job as an extra on SABC 3’s Isidingo. She then joined Uzalo in 2016 and her family was quite excited.