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Student writer's journey of discovery

By unknown | Oct 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

My name is Siphiwo Nzawumbi.

My name is Siphiwo Nzawumbi.

I am aged 19 and currently studying at Walter Sisulu University where I am enrolled for a national diploma in journalism and live in East London.

I grew up in Mount Frere, a small town in the northern region of the former Transkei, and am currently residing in East London for academic purposes.

I matriculated in 2006, the same year I entered the Young Communicators Awards, a competition that enlightened my mind and broadened my point of view.

From when I was in high school I always knew that there was something dynamic, unique and very special about my character.

I always refused to be a victim of inferiority and be silent about things which really matter and viewed things from an optimistic point of view.

I therefore decided to engage myself in public speaking and debating in 2004 while I was still in Grade 10.

Debate is always about teamwork, which is very good in preparing one for coping and functioning well in an environment of many ideologies and philosophies.

My inner drive kept me going and because of my determined nature, I entered this competition. On April 22 2006, I participated in the provincial eliminations of the Young Communicators Awards.

The competition was challenging, informative and fun at the same time.

It also inspired and enlightened my mind about a number of issues which affect society.

Although I did not make it to the top three achievers, I was inspired and told myself that I had received the key to open a number of doors.

For a go-getter like myself, life was just beginning.

I matriculated and prepared for my tertiary studies. Due to the confidence gained from the YCA contests, I was soon putting my voice to good use, in radio commercials.

Soon thereafter, I was also on radio as a presenter. My latest project is writing for the Anointing Magazine, a Christian publication. I am also an anchor for our Internet-based campus radio station WSUCR.

Over and above that, I am part of the team that is organising the upcoming Miss Commonwealth Modelling Competition for 2008 and 2009 in Eastern Cape. There is definitely life after the YCL awards.


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