Friday 19th January 2018

#18 Besa Mumba the Pilot

At 19 Besa Mumba decided to become a pilot, a remarkable achievement. She is an inspiration to young women all over Zambia who are determined to shatter pre-conceived ideas about jobs defined by gender.

Born in December 1996 in Lusaka. She began school in 1999 at Sunshine Primary School, then went to St Mary’s where she was head girl for the 2011 to 2012 school year before heading for flight training in South Africa. As a pilot she has clocked in over 1000 hours flying, still shy of her 21st


Here, in her own words, she states what made her take up the challenge.

“Curiosity made me venture into an aviation career. Initially I wanted to be cabin crew but I thought to myself: ‘why not be the person who flies the aircraft?’ From then I had questions on how planes fly, how they moved in the sky and I wanted to know how pilots knew where they were and where they were going. My curiosity grew,” said Ms Mumba.

“That’s why I decided to venture into the aviation as a pilot. I am very blessed, and proud to have had the opportunity to go to flight school to study and become a pilot,”she said.

Well done Besa! Your country is undoubtedly proud, as are we, your fellow countrymen at OZ.

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