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This 19-year-old Is Flying High as Zambia's Youngest Pilot Ever

Besa Mumba is flying high as a first officer for Proflight Zambia.

19-year-old Besa Mumba just broke Zambia’s aviation glass ceiling by becoming the country’s youngest commercial pilot ever.


According to the Proflight Zambia press release, with her appointment last month, Mumba overtook 20-year-old Kalenga Kamwendo’s record. Both are honoring the legacy of Zambia’s first female flyer Yichida Ndhlovu.

Besa Mumba, Proflight Zambia

Social media is singing Mumba’s praises:

The Lusaka-born teenager is flying high as a first officer for Proflight Zambia’s Caravan aircraft. Starting this month, she’s already clocked at least 15 hours alongside the captain of the aircraft on domestic routes to Kasama, Lower Zambezi, and Luangwa.

Initially, Mumba wanted to be part of the cabin crew, but then she thought to herself, “why not be the person who flies the aircraft?”

“I am extremely humbled they gave me a chance to live my dream and this shows they have confidence in me to have given me the opportunity,” Mumba says of her airline, a vanguard for nurturing young talent.

She aspires to captain bigger jets in the future.

“I hope the Zambian people will be inspired by my story to also reach for their dreams and goals because I think the sky is not the limit”.

Learn more about Mumba’s incredible story below.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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