Sport Presenter, Chichi Nkosi, aims to build on her experience in the media industry as she hopes to tell more women in sport stories.
The Channel N TV presenter wants to be the best at everything that she sets her mind on doing as she hopes to host one of the biggest sports awards in the world one day.
Growing up, Nkosi’s passion for sport developed when she noticed how the game brought people together.
Since then, she has not looked back as she continues to grow in the industry having started in community radio and now finds herself on one of the biggest digital platforms.
Her greatest ambition is to never give up no matter how tough the challenges that she may face along the way may be.
Speaking with Tlamelo Kganakga, Nkosi chats about her career highlights to date and reveals lessons she has learned in the sport media industry.
Chichi, thank you for chatting to us. Please tell us more about yourself.
My name is Fezile Lorraine Chichi Nkosi. I’m 28 years of age, born and bred in Mpumalanga, Nkomazi, Jeppes Reef.
“I’m popularly known as Chichi, very outgoing and – all in all – I’m a sports fanatic!” – Channel N TV Presenter, Chichi Nkosi
Where does your passion for sports come from?
Well, my passion for sports was fuelled by me because I was involved in sports at school, and it was about the crowds of people that were there on the day to witness the matches. I think during that time, as young as I was, I already knew that I wanted to take sports as my second love. My parents disapproved, but they said that I needed to do a little bit of convincing.
You are a sports anchor on Channel N TV and online content producer. Tell us about this journey.
I played football as a goalkeeper and netball as well. Travelled with my school and even have few medals I won back in the day in shot put and long jump on the athletic side. I remember telling my mother that one day I will have my own sports show. That is where it all began.
In 2019 because of school, I had to switch directions and focus more on school. So, I decided to try and forget about it a bit. In May 2020, I joined another radio station not far from me. It was new at that time; I was appointed as sports presenter, and I was also given a show. It was an experience of a lifetime! Until I had to leave due to personal reasons.
A few months ago, I joined one of the biggest online (digital) platforms, TV Channel N.
“What I love about Channel N TV is that it doesn’t limit you, but allows you to grow bigger and bigger.” – Chichi Nkosi
But before joining, I started off on a community radio station – Barberton – where I learned all about what radio is and how to do proper planning of a show. It was a great experience for me because I already had a bit of knowledge of what I could do.
What are some of the lessons you are learning as a woman in sports media?
As a woman in sports media, I’m learning a lot. Our industry is male-dominated and sometimes that on its own is not uplifting, as men are believed to be the centre of sports and all. But I’m learning from the same men how to do things around this.
What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
My biggest highlight so far in my career has to be when I got to interview SAFA President, Danny Jordaan in 2019 at the Mpumalanga Sports Awards. And also, the constant interaction I had with some legends on the MTN 8 competition. I have tons to mention.
Who are some of the sportswomen you admire?
I will just mention my favourite, Portia Modise, even though they are many sportswomen I admire.
What is your advice for aspiring women in sports media?
To women in this field, ‘PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE’.
What is your greatest ambition?
You know Tiger Woods is one ideal case of an ambitious individual. Regardless of how great he is, he never quits rehearsing and attempting to develop/extend his abilities as an individual and an expert golfer. My ambition in life is always to strive for best. To be better than yesterday. And lastly, to host the biggest Sports Awards ever worldwide.
What else do you hope to achieve in your career?
I want to be better in everything I do.
What do you think of gsport and its impact on the growth of women’s sports?
gsport is uplifting women to greater heights, looking at the way they do things for women who are in sports. For letting women know and understand that yes, you are a woman, but you are capable enough to be in this field as well, there’s just so much that gsport is doing for women out there.
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