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Zambian youth doing great things – in celebration of International Youth Day 2013

A selection of young Zambian youth who are excelling in their area of expertise in Zambia and abroad

Written by Sara Drawwater Wednesday, 13 March 2013
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Yesterday was International Youth Day and we wanted to credit Zambian youth for standing up, getting good, and doing something, whatever the circumstance. Here’s our list of young Zambian movers and shakers with a little help from our friends at C1rca1964.

One thing – this is rather female dominated. If you have any suggestions for young Zambian men who would fit in this line up, then please let us know.

Catherine Phiri, Boxer

Catherine is a WPBF bantamweight champion and rising star, tipped to be ‘one of the greatest gifts Zambia has had in female boxing’. On March 23rd, 2013 she will defend her title, fighting Filipino, Leslie Domingo. Catherine is pictured below with Natalie Forget who she beat to become bantamweight champion.

Catherine Phiri pictured with Natalie Forget
Zambian boxer, Catherine Phiri with Canadian, Natalie Forget (image from

The ladies of the Asikana Network

Chisenga Muyoya, Regina Mtonga and Ella Mbewe are three founding members of the Asikana Network, which focuses on empowering young women in tech in Zambia.

Askina Network in action
Askina Network in action

Epah Tembo, Chess Champ

Though recently retired from international chess, Epah is on our list because she demonstrates such great prowess at such a young age. Her reason for retiring is to focus on school. Who can deny her that?

Epah Tembo, Zambian chess player
Epah Tembo the chess champ

Kapasa Musonda, Fashion Designer

Kapsa launched her fashion label Mangishi Love when she moved back to Zambia after completing her studies at FIDM in the USA. Kapasa’s popularity is rising and she’s been featured in many Zambian magazines and newspapers. She has a studio in Matero where she trains young women in tailoring, and is working on her new collection.

Kapasa Musonda closes her fashion show
Kapasa Musonda at a Mangishi Love fashion show

The Ladies of Ma Fashio, Bloggers

Street style bloggers and sisters Kahyi and Key document fashionable subjects on the streets of Lusaka whilst they pursue their university degrees – beauty as well as brains! In their spare time they also run a clothing donation program for orphanages.

Kahyi and Key of the Ma Fashio blog
Kahyi and Key of the Ma Fashio blog

Zone Fam, Musicians

Zambia’s number one Hip Hop group. Their song Contola regularly plays on BET’s 106 and Park, and recently went to number 1 on a Ugandan hip hop chart. They have performed on major stages like Big Brother Africa. But no matter how successful they are, they never forget to give back to the community. They were recently featured on Muvi TV for visiting a school in Bauleni, and reading books to children in honor of ‘World Book Day’. Find them on Facebook here.

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Mumba Chakulya, Lawyer and Philanthropist

Based in England, Mumba Chakulya was nominated by UK Zambians for an Inspiration of the Year Award. Mumba has served as the President of the World Vision UK Student Society for four years. She is now working on developing her own television show where she plans to interview inspirational Africans. Her hard work has seen her receive an Education UK Shine Award and a Global Citizen award.

Picture of Mumba Chakulya
Mumba Chakulya

Mazuba Kapambwe, Co-Founder of c1rca 1964 and blogger

Now co-owns social media consulting firm C1rca 1964 in Lusaka, Zambia, Mazuba has packed in an incredible amount into her young life. Before relocating to Lusaka, Mazuba built up fantastic experience in various jobs in New York. To name but a few Mazuba was Afro-Entertainment correspondent on Radio Afro Australia; Jamati TV host on YouTube, where she interviewed African celebs like Van Vicker and Nonhle Thema; interned with luxury womenswear brand Mimi Plange which has been worn by Michelle Obama; featured on sites such as Is this Africa,, I am the Nu Black and named personality of the month (March 2012) by Addicted to Africa; featured on MTV Base Africa Meets Alek Wek which aired on the channel September 2012; honored to speak at a UN event and at Empower Zambia charity event which she still works with; the person that spearheaded the Clothes for Congo drive at her University; PR officer of the African Student Association….

Picture of Mazuba Kapambwe, c1rca1964 co-founder
Mazuba Kapambwe, Co-Founder of C1rca1964

Change Kaswele, Fullbright Scholar

Not everyone gets the chance to put Fullbright Scholar on their CV. Change Kaswele has that honor. In 2012, she spent time researching the causes behind the high percentage of young women dropping out of secondary education in Zambia. She worked through the Forum for African Women Educationalists in Zambia (FAWEZA). Change focused on the organisation’s impact on women’s attitudes and retention rates. Her ultimate goal is to see young Zambian women complete school and become influential members of society. She is now pursuing her Masters at Emory State University in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

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Lukonga Lindunda, Co-Founder of BongoHive and MobileMondayLusaka

Lukonga runs BongoHive, a technology and innovation centre based in Lusaka, Zambia, provides a place for the local tech community to meet, swap experience, and attend training, networking and hackathon events.

Lukonga Lindunda
Lukonga Lindunda

If you have any other suggestions, especially nominating the men, please let us know!