Zambia’s aviation records keep tumbling, Kalenga Kamwendo became the country’s youngest pilot last year aged 20 but that record has been shattered by 19 year-old Besa Mumba, who has just become Zambia’s youngest commercial pilot.
Mumba secured her dream job as a pilot flying with the nation’s scheduled airline, Proflight Zambia, which is at the forefront of training and nurturing young talent.
With her appointment, Mumba who initially wanted to work as a cabin crew member has effectively shattered the country’s aviation glass ceiling and she will undoubtedly inspire young girls and women in Zambia and across the continent to follow their dreams and reach for their goals.
The teenager, born in December 1996 in Lusaka did her flight training in South Africa before landing the historic appointment.
According to Proflight Zambia, Mumba who was appointed as a First Officer this month has already flown more than 15 hours, on Zambian domestic routes to Kasama, Lower Zambezi, and Luangwa, flying alongside the captain of the aircraft on the airline’s Caravan aircraft.
Commenting on her historic appointment, Mumba told Proflight Zambia, “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.”
“If you have a dream, work hard you can get to where you want,” she added.
Through hard work and great determination, Mumba says her appointment is just the beginning of great things to come, telling the airline, “I feel amazing! 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”.
The teenager has hopes of becoming a captain and flying the big jets and we certainly hope clocks the required hours and the dream will soon be a reality.
Mumba’s accomplishment is being shared and celebrated across various social media platforms.
Congrats to the lady Besa Mumba tho she's and inspiration to both male n female aspiring & non-aspiring pilots out there
— Bouff Zaddy ♊ (@maimbo_kush) July 11, 2016
— 21 Pilot (@KalengaKamwendo) July 11, 2016
— Blessed Nachilobe (@BlissNachiz10) July 11, 2016
— Francis bwalya (@francisbwalya63) July 11, 2016