Thomas Titus Nkobi was born in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in Southern Matabeleland. At the age of ten, Nkobi followed his father who was a migrant labourer in the South African mines to South Africa.
In 1941 he went to Adams College in Natal and continued to complete his high School education by matriculating from Bantu High School (later Madibane High School) in Western Township, Johannesburg in 1946.
Nkobi went to further his education at Roma College (now National University of Lesotho) in Lesotho where he studied for a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He then joined the African National Congress (ANC) in the early 1950s becoming involved in its activities. For instance, he was extensively involved in the Alexander Bus Boycotts in 1944 and after joining the ANC. -Sahistory