By CHRISTINE MWAABA,
“I AM very happy to have the opportunity to fly an aircraft. For me, it’s not about being male or female; it’s about making it happen.”
This is how 19- year-old Luyando Sianyeuka describes her achievement, as something that has to be done regardless of her gender.
The teenager is one of Zambia’s youngest trainee pilots. Speaking to this author, Luyando described the experience of flying an aircraft as spectacular.
She said she loves being a pilot.
With so much passion about her career, Luyando said she enjoys conquering the skies, a job that was traditionally male dominated, but not anymore.
Luyando has joined women who are breaking traditional barriers and stereotypes about what society thinks about women.
She has already acquired a Private Pilot License (PPL) and looks forward to climbing her way up to the dizzy heights of acquiring a commercial pilot license one day so that she can fly larger aircraft.
But venturing into the career of flying planes has not been an easy feat for Luyando.
She has battled traditions that dictate that women’s place is in the kitchen. As the only child in the family, born in 2000 from Godfrey Sianyeuka and Alvina Sianyeuka, Luyando completed her junior secondary school at Golden Hill Academy and later finished her secondary school at Lwengu International School in Monze in 2017.
Luyando’s childhood fantasy became a reality in 2018 when she enrolled at Sunquest Aviation in South Africa.
Through that enrolment, her life took a new twist that was not an easy thing for her to handle and at the same time, everything was happening at supersonic speed.
“When I was accepted at Sunquest Aviation, it was a dream come true and it felt like my journey of becoming a pilot was finally starting,” she said.
It was not easy to learn how to fly but the teenager worked hard to master the technical aspects of aircraft flying until she managed to fly a plane.
(Story Courtesy of Times of Zambia)
UNZA Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Tamala Kambikambi appointed to the Board of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) for a period of three (3) years
HIGHER Education Minister Dr Brian Mushimba has appointed University of Zambia (UNZA) Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Tamala Kambikambi as Board member of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Management Board.
Dr Kambikambi will join a group of other distinguished and eminent Zambians to provide strategic direction to the qualifications authority as Board member.
In a letter of appointment, the minister stated that Dr Kambikambi will serve for a tenure period of three years in accordance with the provisions of the Zambia Qualifications Authority (ZAQA) Act number 201.
This is according to a statement issued by UNZA Acting Head of Public Relations Dr Brenda Bukowa.
Liquid Telecom Zambia to sponsor the ICT award category at this year’s PUSH Women Awards
THE PUSH Women Network is pleased to announce that Liquid Telecom Zambia is a sponsor of the ICT award category at this year’s PUSH Women Awards. This is the second consecutive year that Liquid has supported The PUSH Women Network’s platform created to celebrate women who are defying the odds. Their continued support is testament of the company’s determination to rally behind the call for gender equity and equality as well as their resolve to support leading women who are achieving excellence in their respective fields.
Speaking when he met PUSH Executive Director Colonel Mwizukanji Namwawa and the Network Board Secretary Mutumu Nzala Mwape, Liquid Chief Executive Officer, Mark Townsend Said “Liquid Telecom is committed to elevating and highlighting women and more specifically the various roles they hold in the ICT sector. We are therefore proud to sponsor the ICT award at this year’s PUSH Women Awards because women in this field serve as role models for young girls who are considering a future in ICT and prove that women are capable of anything. Some of these women form key parts of Liquid Telecom Zambia’s operations, from Supply Chain Management to Enterprise and Legal to Customer Care. It is therefore a pleasure to be part of this progressive initiative.”
The PUSH Women Awards are the gold standard of award ceremonies in the country and showcase a premium class, signature styled event akin to no other. The PUSH Women Network is therefore pleased to have the support of corporate partners like Liquid Telecom Zambia in staging this occasion .