Meet Zambia’s First Female Fighter Pilot

At 24 Years Old, 2nd Lieutenant Thokozile Muwamba Makes History

Andre Spivey

Andre has over 10 years of experience in Tech and Start-ups ranging from the advanced tech in the US Air Force to building his own educational software company Live 2 Learn Differently. His is a proud graduate of Morris Brown College and Cornell University.

At only 24 years old, the young Second Lieutenant Thokozile Muwamba has made history in Zambia. She began to seriously consider becoming a fighter pilot while at Copperbelt University.

The Zambian Military has a history filled with ups and down triumphs and struggles, just as every military that has ever existed. Often times, nation start off with a ground and naval force, but Zambia has no navy being that it is a land lock country in Africa.
Their Air Force has been looking to innovate change and grow over the past decade. There have been many discussions across the world on how women fit into the military in the larger context and at the most basic levels concerning job discrimination and more.


Just recently the United States Military has begun opening up front line combat jobs to women, this has led allies and others to follow suit.


It was 2015 when the Zambian Air Force commander Lieutenant General Eric Mwaba Chimese announced that women would be introduced into the Zambian Air Force as pilots and now that announcement and promise has become action.
Lieutenant Thokozile Muwamba attributes here success to determination and hard work. She is quoted by AfricaNews.en as saying; “Impossibilities can be made possible as long as one was determined to attain one’s goal”.


Last year 19-year-old Besa Mumba became Zambia’s youngest commercial pilot. Strides forward continue and history continues to be made every day by women all over the world. But this right here, is truly #BlackGirlMagic showing up once again.


Feature Image From AfricaNews



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