'Leading Ladies' is a Zambian historical podcast on influential women who lived between the 17th and 19th century.
The Women's History Museum in Zambia was founded by Samba Yonga and Mulenga Kapwepwe a few years ago. Perhaps the most intriguing fact about the museum is that it doesn't occupy any actual physical space but is instead a digital archive meant to change how society views the role of women in Zambia.
Whilst Yonga and Kapwepwe have been collecting artifacts which will eventually be housed in the Lusaka National Museum, they have launched a bad-ass animated podcast highlighting influential African women who were in significant leadership positions and all lived between the 17th and 19th century.
The incredible women to be featured on the podcast have been cryptically labelled "the feminist", "the diplomat", "the politician", "the general", "the warrior", "the head of state", "the peacemaker", "the power broker", "the secretary of state" and "the innovator".
Speaking in a press release about the podcast series, Yonga said:
"The aim of the series is to highlight and mainstream these stories so Zambia's historical narrative gains new knowledge and perceptions of women are influenced positively."
The podcast series has been launched today and the first woman to be featured is "the general". The series will be free to access on the museum's online platforms. You can tune in right now and watch the live premier of Leading Ladies on their FaceBook page here.
Courtesy of Samba Yonga