24-year old Second Lieutenant Thokozile Muwamba has made history by becoming the country’s first female fighter pilot.
The Second Lieutenant and historic achiever enrolled into the military in 2012. Thokozile made it as one of the selected few to be trained as female pilots by Zambian Air Forces (ZAF).
ZAF manned the programme, geared at creating a gender balance in the military.
On that note, ZAF Commander, Brigadier-General Dan Chilufya Kapungwe, commended the novel achievement of the female fighter pilot. She considered the feat historic and saw it as a sign of progress and motivation for Zambian women.
“We want to see more women in the country become fighter pilots in future.”
Lt. Thokozile had to quit school as a first-year student at the Copperbelt University (CBU) in order to pursue her dreams in the military and the aviation industry.
“Impossibilities can be made possible as long as one was determined to attain one’s goal.”
Thikozile is a lover of success, hardwork and determination. She says her inspiration came from her family and instructors.
As the first Zambian female fighter pilot, Thokozile shares her view in working in the male dominated industry.
Thokozile Muwamba said:
“Men are not a competition but counterparts that one should work with, and hence women should begin to participate and realise their abilities. Because of this understanding, I am ready to undertake this task ahead of me.”
“I look at the fact that when I am in the aeroplane, the aircraft knows no sex as it depends on my input even if I am a woman. I can also give it the right steering for it to respond correctly.”
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Last year, Zambia celebrated 19 year-old Besa Mumba, for becoming Zambia’s youngest commercial pilot.
Africa now has a gradually increasing number of female pilots especially in the Air Force.
In 2012, Flying Officer Blessing Liman was decorated as the first female military pilot in Nigeria and West Africa as well.