TBT: Inspirational Stories

Meet Kalenga Kamwendo and Besa Mumba, the youngest commercial pilots in Africa. 

Kalenga was just 19 years old when he became Zambia’s youngest pilot. In an exclusive interview African celebs,  Kalenga Kamwendo, the youngest pilot in Africa told us about how it all started and some amazing events that he has coming up.

African celebs: Please introduce yourself?

KK: My name is Kalenga Kamwendo, I’m a 22 year old Zambian youth. I’m a commercial pilot working with Proflight Zambia on the British aerospace jetstream 3200 series.

African celebs: Where are you from and why did you start?

KK: I started because of passion; that should always be the driving force that encourages determination.

I never even knew that being the youngest commercial pilot of a certain country would be something that would be celebrated, but they say you’d be surprised how lucky you get when you work hard.

African celebs: What are your future goals and where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years time?

KK: So there’s two spheres to where I want to be in the future, there’s the flying ambitions and there’s the non-flying ambitions.

Flying wise I definitely see myself being a captain in 5 years, 10 at the most, God willing of course.

Non flying-wise I wish to have started my own foundation aimed for those who are less privileged in the society and show them that there is a way to success regardless of how high the ladder you have to climb.

kalenga-kamwendo

African celebs: Who inspires you most ?

KK: I draw inspiration from each and every person who wakes up every day with a purpose and drive.

African celebs: What is your motivation?

KK: My motivation is to ensure that when God calls time on my life, that I would have left footprints that will be embedded in the beach and not blown away by the sea.

African celebs: Describe Kalenga in 3 words?

KK: Ground breaking tyrant.

African celebs: Where can we/people find you (social media/website)?

KK: People can get in touch with me on my

Facebook page: Kalenga Kamwendo or www.facebook.com/kalengakamwendopage

Twitter: @kalengakamwendo

Instagram: Kalenga Kamwendo

Snapchat: @lyarist101 (don’t ask)

Such an inspiration, especially to the youth! Well done!

Update: Besa Mumba is now the Zambia’s Youngest Commercial Pilot in Africa

Credit: Kalenga Kamwendo

Meet Captain Aluel James Bol of Sudan, In 2011, Captain Aluel James Bol first made history when she became the  first female pilot in Sudan to graduate She also made another history when she became the  first South Sudanese pilot atDelta Airlines.

Photo Credit: Sudan News

Meet Captain Amsale Gualu, the first female captain in the history of Ethiopian Airlines in 2010  

Meet 19 year-old Besa Mumba, Zambia’s Youngest Commercial Pilot. Besa was born on 9th December 1996.  She  began her training with the Charlie 152 and then onto the Charlie 172 plane .

After that she moved on to complex training, the Charlie 172 plane retractable to which she got her caravan rating when I got my commercial pilot license.

Besa then went to get advanced training at semi flight  in South Africa. Upon her return to Zambia, she was offered a job with pro flight Zambia.

 Besa says  ”I’m so happy to be at the proflight my experience has been great so far initially at first I though It would be fancy in the cabin crew but then I thought why not be the one who flight the aircraft. From then onwards I had so many questions like how does it fly, how do they stay in the sky how do they know where they are it made me so curious to be the one behind the controls.

So after I finished high school I went to flight school. There are only a small amount of women who fly aircrafts but women can fly aircrafts so of you are doubting you can do it.when I finish work I like to listen to music.

I also like to rest and relax because it’s very important. I love to see new places and learn new languages. I see myself being a captain on one of the jets because I’m big about flying here in my home country .so far so good it’s been an amazing experience ….’

 

 

Photo credit: Besa Mumba/Proflight Zambia

Prior to Besa becoming the youngest african pilot, Kalenga Kamwendo was held that record aged just 20. We had an exclusive interview the talented Kalenga Kamwendo read all about him here:  Youngest Commercial Pilot In Zambia…aged just 20

Huge  congrats! Such an inspiration to the upcoming youth!

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Inspirational Stories: Meet Besa Mumba

Zambia’s Youngest Commercial Pilot. Besa was born on 9th December 1996.  She  began her training with the Charlie 152 and then onto the Charlie 172 plane.

After that she moved on to complex training, the Charlie 172 plane retractable to which she got her caravan rating when I got my commercial pilot license.

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Besa then went to get advanced training at semi flight  in South Africa. Upon her return to Zambia, she was offered a job with pro flight Zambia.

 Besa says  ”I’m so happy to be at the proflight my experience has been great so far initially at first I though It would be fancy in the cabin crew but then I thought why not be the one who flight the aircraft.

From then onwards I had so many questions like how does it fly, how do they stay in the sky how do they know where they are it made me so curious to be the one behind the controls.

So after I finished high school I went to flight school.

There are only a small amount of women who fly aircrafts but women can fly aircrafts so of you are doubting you can do it.when I finish work I like to listen to music.

I also like to rest and relax because it’s very important. I love to see new places and learn new languages.

I see myself being a captain on one of the jets because I’m big about flying here in my home country .so far so good it’s been an amazing experience ….’

 

besa

Photo credit: Besa Mumba/Proflight Zambia

Prior to Besa becoming the youngest african pilot, Kalenga Kamwendo was held that record aged just 20. We had an exclusive interview the talented Kalenga Kamwendo read all about him here:  Youngest Commercial Pilot In Zambia…aged just 20

Huge  congrats! Such an inspiration to the upcoming youth!

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Join us in wishing one of our favourite African Celebs a very happy birthday! Makeup artist Shalom Nchom, popularly known as

Shalom Blac is a year older today!  Wishing this strong and amazing woman lady God’s richest blessings on her birthday and every day.  May God continues to use you to inspire more people and also heal you and your sister.

Shalom Blac is an inspiration to the world her story reminds us of

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou

is not to tell your story to inspire others than to keep it inside you.

The Nigerian-born YouTube Makeup Tutorials And Fashion star now resides in the States, in most of her touching interviews that we have watched Shalom Blac narrates how she got her burn. She says it all happened when she was around 9 years old, while she and her sister were sleeping inside her mums store where burning hot oil fell on them and they were horrible burnt…

Happy Birthday Shalom Nchom Photo Credit Shalom Blac (Instagram Page)

They were later sent to USA for further medical treatment with the help of her aunty.Shalom Blac also talks about how kids made fun of her and calling them names. Shalom Blac is using her social media platforms with a reach of almost 2 million (70,557,427 views on YouTube) to inspire other burn survivors, people with confidence issue on how to love them selves, Makeup Tutorials And Fashion tips and more…

One thing is for sure Shalom Blac is the one having the laughing last! Bet all those who were making fun of her are now saying she’s their friend! We hope her story will inspire all the bullies out there to get a life! 

Don’t Let Your Bullies Define Who You Are!

Follow  Shalom Blac on Instagram and YouTube


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THROWBACK: A 20-year-old Nigerian, Favour Odozor, has emerged as the youngest with the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) in both Nigeria and South Africa.  Mr. Odozor  (now 23) graduated alongside 15 other trained pilots at the Afrika Union Aviation Academy (AUAA), Mafikeng, South Africa  was described as the new hope of the African aviation industry.

Capt. Allan Roebuck, Director of AUAA confirmed that Mr. Odozor completed all the 37 flying procedures in record time.

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‘Today, I can say he is the youngest commercial licence pilot in both Nigeria and South Africa.  “I cannot say now if he is the youngest African to attain that record, but I’m sure he is the youngest in South Africa and Nigeria,’’ Capt. Allan Roebuck, Director of AUAA’

 

Favour-Odozor

“Flying a plane has been my childhood dream, and I am happy today that I’m a licensed commercial pilot at the age of 20. I never expected myself to be the youngest Nigerian to get the commercial pilot licence, not to talk about in an advanced country like South Africa. I was just pursuing my childhood dream of being a pilot. But I thank God that I have now made history, as a record licensed commercial pilot in both Nigeria and South Africa,’’ Mr. Odozor said. Credit: Favour

Congratulations Favour!

Irene Koki Mutungi, Irene Koki MutungiTBT: Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced that Captain Irene Koki Mutungi was promoted to be the first African Captain on the world’s latest plane, the Boeing B787 Dreamliner. Captain Mutungi was the first ever and only female pilot at Kenya Airways for about six years – more ladies have since joined the airline in the cockpits of their various planes – and has risen steadily through the ranks. Irene was flying as a First Officer on the 767-300ER, the second largest aircraft in the Kenya Airways fleet after the Boeing B777-300ER. She says she has been able to inspire many people, particularly women to join the profession. She loves flying and mentoring.
Congratulations to Captain Irene!

Credit: Captain Irene Koki Mutungi/Kenya News

 

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More African women are now making history in the world of Aviation. Unlike before, we believe we will be seeing more and more women in this sector in future. Here are some of Africa’s women making history in aviation worldwide…

Adebule imoleye the youngest licenced commericial airline pilot at 23,
Adebule imoleye the youngest licenced commericial airline pilot at 23,
Africa's first black female Boeing 787 Dreamliner certified Captain, Irene Koki Mutungi, of Kenya
Africa’s first black female Boeing 787 Dreamliner certified Captain, Irene Koki Mutungi, of Kenya
All women from Captain to cabin crew
All women from Captain to cabin crew
Blessing Liman Nigerian Airforce first female fighter pilot, 25yrs old
Blessing Liman Nigerian Airforce first female fighter pilot, 25yrs old
Kenyan international Flight crew made of all women from Captain to cabin crew
Kenyan international Flight crew made of all women from Captain to cabin crew
Captain Chinyere kalu Nigeria's First Female Pilot
Captain Chinyere kalu Nigeria’s First Female Pilot
Centenary Award for First female pilot, Captain Chinyere Kalu.
Centenary Award for First female pilot, Captain Chinyere Kalu.
RWANDA'S First Female Pilot Esther Mbabazi.
RWANDA’S First Female Pilot Esther Mbabazi.
Twins, Senior First Officers Hassana and Huseina Edili-Ogaji
Nigerian Twins, Senior First Officers Hassana and Huseina Edili-Ogaji
Aluel Bol is the first South Sudanese (Woman) commercial pilot
Aluel Bol is the first South Sudanese (Woman) commercial pilot
All female crew with Nigerian Twins, Senior First Officers Hassana and Huseina Edili-Ogaji
All female crew with Nigerian Twins, Senior First Officers Hassana and Huseina Edili-Ogaji
Arik Air all female crew Rwanda
Arik Air all female crew Rwanda
Nigeria all female crew
Nigeria all female crew
Rochell Roache-Lanza. PILOT at Arik Air Ltd
Rochell Roache-Lanza. PILOT at Arik Air Ltd
Nigerian Female Pilot
Nigerian Female Pilot
GHANA'S PATRICIA MAWULI, THE FIRST BLACK AFRICAN AND ONLY WOMAN IN THE WORLD TO OBTAIN ROTAX AIRCRAFT ENGINES CERTIFICATION
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Barrington Irving Jr. barrington-irving. Meet Barrington Irving Jr. In 2007  he became the youngest person to ever pilot a plane around the world solo.

He is also the first Black person and first Jamaican to accomplish this feat. His airplane, a Cessna 400, is named the “Inspiration.”

The Jamaican aviator, based in Miami, was 23 years old when he flew around the world alone in 97 days, approximately 145 Flight hours, almost 30 miles over 300,000 students following him and blogging him…

On Saturday, May 31. Captain Irving spoke to the students of Lancaster ISD about his journey to becoming the youngest person to fly around the world and the importance of a ATEM education…. To help launch the summer experience, students, parents and community supporters will have the chance to meet the world renown, Guinness Book World Record holder, Captain Irving.

What an inspiration! Click here for more.

Credit:www.experienceaviation.org

Youngest commercial pilot in Zambia Kalenga Kamwendo has won The Peer Rising Star Award in New York….

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Kalenga was just 19 years old when he became Zambia’s youngest pilot. In an exclusive interview African celebs, Kalenga Kamwendo told us about how it all started and some amazing events that he has coming up.

African celebs: Please introduce yourself?

KK: My name is Kalenga Kamwendo, I’m a 22 year old Zambian youth. I’m a commercial pilot working with Proflight Zambia on the British aerospace jetstream 3200 series.

African celebs: Where are you from and why did you start?

KK: I started because of passion; that should always be the driving force that encourages determination.

I never even knew that being the youngest commercial pilot of a certain country would be something that would be celebrated, but they say you’d be surprised how lucky you get when you work hard.

African celebs: What are your future goals and where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years time?

KK: So there’s two spheres to where I want to be in the future, there’s the flying ambitions and there’s the non-flying ambitions.

Flying wise I definitely see myself being a captain in 5 years, 10 at the most, God willing of course. Non flying-wise I wish to have started my own foundation aimed for those who are less privileged in the society and show them that there is a way to success regardless of how high the ladder you have to climb.

kalenga-kamwendo

African celebs: Who inspires you most ?

KK: I draw inspiration from each and every person who wakes up every day with a purpose and drive.

African celebs: What is your motivation?

KK: My motivation is to ensure that when God calls time on my life, that I would have left footprints that will be embedded in the beach and not blown away by the sea.

African celebs: Describe Kalenga in 3 words?

KK: Ground breaking tyrant.

African celebs: Where can we/people find you (social media/website)?

KK: People can get in touch with me on my

Facebook page: Kalenga Kamwendo 

Twitter: @kalengakamwendo

Instagram: Kalenga Kamwendo

Snapchat: @lyarist101 (don’t ask)

Catch Kalenga at the Mwape Peer Awards in New York, USA on the 24th September 2016. Also, Nairobi, I’m planning a little something special for you next month.

Such an inspiration, especially to the youth! Well done!

Credit: Kalenga Kamwendo

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