My full name is Wendy Antonique-St. Benedict Qampi, born and raised in the vibrant city of Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. I am a middle child of three and a proud Roman Catholic by religion. Through my passion for journalism, I started my journey at Rhodes University from 2016. In 2018 I completed my BA degree in Journalism and Politics at Rhodes University, and in 2019, I studied and completed my Honours degree in Journalism and Media Studies; and I am currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Media Management. During the course of my undergraduate degree, I majored in Radio, audio editing and transcribing. I also have done some freelance presenting at both Rhodes Music Radio and Radio Grahamstown respectively. During my Honours year, I did a research paper discussing the political hierarchies of the natural hair of Black people. In the same year, I had the privilege of being selected to attend and write for the African Investigative Journalism Conference which hosted multiple internationally-renowned investigative journalists.
When I am not bombarded by school work, I enjoy reading political books and writing poetry. I also spend time learning recipes from cooking shows. I spend my free time taking pictures of people surrounded by nature as I love the visual experience. I am a Body-Positive Activist, which is somebody who strongly advocates for the social acceptance of one’s body, even if it does not meet society’s “standards”. I believe that one’s best attribute is their personality. Due to the fact I can integrate myself with anybody young or old, I tend to be seen as a “people’s person”, which is my best attribute yet.
My aspirations for working in the media world is simple: hard news all the way. In a country that is constantly drowning in issues that compromise its citizens’ economy, I stand to serve the people by being a hard news journalist exposing institutional corruption and how the affected are being robbed by major companies. I know to many, this may not make much of a difference against giants in institutions, however, it forces them to take accountability for stealing state funds or funds that were meant to be used for the greater good of society.
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