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Meet Thokozile Muwamba, 24, Zambia first female fighter pilot


HISTORY: Thokozile Muwamba

THOKOZILE MUWAMBA has made history in Zambia as the country’s first female fighter pilot.

The 24-year-old joined the military in 2012 and was fortunate to be part of the Zambian Air Forces (ZAF) programme, one of the very few women to do so.

ZAF provided the programme geared at creating a gender balance in the military

“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,” she told local media Times of Zambia last week.

“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,” Thokozile added.

Lt Thokozile had to quit school as a first-Year student in order to fulfil her dreams in the military and aviation industry.

“Impossibilities can be made possible as long as one was determined to attain one’s goal,” she advised other women.

Africa has only a few female pilots especially in the Air Force.

Nigeria decorated its first female pilot, Flying Officer Blessing Liman, in 2012.


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