‘Echo’ still inspires old columnist

2019-05-29 06:02
Zazi Nxele.PHOTO: supplied

Zazi Nxele.PHOTO: supplied

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“IF it was not for Echo I would have not been recognised in the community for my writing skills.”

These were the words of Zazi Nxele, who was one of the people who became a columnist for the Echo newspapers.

Nxele shared his experience with Echo as we celebrate our 40th birthday this year.

He said he started writing for Echo in 2009, by writing about whatever issues were on his mind. He was not a regular contributor, but soon became one when the editor at the time, Dumisani Zondi, spotted his writing talent.

“As time went by I was approached by the editor who asked me about the different angles that we can use to inspire our communities.

“That is when my first column started which was called “Inspiring Stories With Zazi Nxele”. I wrote this column for three years and it was such a good experience, one I will never forget.

“Being a weekly contributor was a huge opportunity for me because it brought me closer to the communities that Echo serves. It also helped me improve my writing skills,” he said.

Nxele said it also created a platform for him to write for other newspapers such as The Witness where he had his column called “Face to Face with Zazi Nxele”.

He said when he was growing up he liked writing, but he never thought that one day he would write columns.

“When I was still in high school I was very involved in essay competitions and debates. Echo was a good platform for me to share my views on different topics. When I received the opportunity I grabbed it with both hands.”

He said since Echo was established it has helped so many people discover or improve their writing skills.

He said Echo made it easier for him to be the community’s representative.

Echo is so close to the community and it helps by sharing the ‘feel good’ stories that happen in our different communities. The newspaper has done a lot for the community. We wish it growth and for it to continue providing us with the news and stories that touches us directly.”

Nxele is now running a public relations company called Zazi Media.

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