Nelson is 20 years old and lives in Tafelsig, a township of Cape Town, South Africa. Abandoned as a child, he does not know his parents. After a lucky early contact to a social worker in a soup kitchen, he was adopted by a family with three other children eight to eleven years old. His stepfather leads his own funeral business.
After being trained by a former champion in the Homestaed shelter for street kids in the Khayelitsha township, Nelson was South African kickboxing champion. He later competed for the World Championships in Thailand. Nowadays, he coaches kids playing football in the neighbourhood to give them structure. Nelson underwent the Xhosa initiation ritual to reach adulthood. Now he has to find work.