By Abu-Jahlil Astrid Chacha
There are many women coming up in the motherland, we will focus on a couple today and many more in the coming weeks! The first woman of our tribute is Tokhozile Muwamba from the republic of Zambia, an English speaking country of southern Africa, locked between the republics of Angola, Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
(Picture: BBC News and Kennedy Gondweas)
Tokhozile Muwamba said in a conversation with the BBC British Broadcasting Corporation that she had never thought before that she was going to become the first female fight pilot in her country air force. Now she revealed with a shining smile, she is dreaming to become the first female Zambia air force commandant. Tokhozile Muwamba who is 24 years old was born in Lusaka the countries capital and grew up there.
She normally went to school entirely in Zambia. After one year of studies in Copperbelt University, she got into the Zambian air force in 2012 within the opportunity of a governmental program to promote the advancement of women. As she told to BBC, her instructors in the air force during the trainings appreciated her potential and recommended her to go into the fight pilot quarter. Her friends and instructors were amazed, proud and happy to see a young woman ready to accept the challenge. Today, she is Second Lieutenant.
Lt. Tokhozile Muwamba answered to the Zambian newspaper “Times” in these words how she considers relations between men and women.“Men are not competition but counterparts that one should work with, and hence women should begin to participate and realize their abilities. Because of this understanding, I am ready to undertake this task ahead of me”. ”I look at the fact that when I am in the aeroplane, the aircraft knows no sex as it depends on my input even if I am a woman. I can also give it the right steering for it to respond correctly”
She also explained to BBC her feelings when she is piloting a plane. “I actually don’t feel as a woman in this job, I realize that I am a woman when I go to the separated bathrooms. I look at the fact that when I am in the aeroplane, the aircraft knows no sex as it depends on my input even if I am a woman. I can also give it the right steering for it to respond correctly”
“Men are not a competition but counterparts that one should work with, and hence women should begin to participate and realize their abilities”
“To be in the airs is wonderful, you feel like you don’t want to come back on ground, the view is amazing and let me no talk about feeling like a heroe, that the very amazing part of the flight, you got to do many aerobatics plan, of course you come very tired but you feel you have done a good job in the day”.
The first female fight pilot of Zambia Air Force send a message to women “Impossible can become reality if you really want to aim your goal”. In 2015, the Zambia Air Force announced the decision to involve more women pilot in their troops.
In Western Africa, recently Madam Akosua Frema-Osei Opare has been named as chief of staff by the new democratically elected republic of Ghana head of state President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo. She is the first female to be given this huge responsibility in the whole history of Ghana! (Photo: copyright reserved)
Madam Akosua Frema-Osei is 69 years old. She has 40 years of experience in consultancy expertise in the field of labour and employment. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home science from the university of Ghana, Legon and a Master’s degree in Foods, from the University of Guelph, Canada.
From 1976 to 1982, she has been a former lecturer and Head of the Department of Home Science at the University of Ghana, Legon and consultant for the United Nations “women in fisheries” program in Uganda, Ethiopia, Congo, Kenya and Namibia.
The first female chief of staff in Ghana has also been from 2005 to 2008 Deputy Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment under the government of President John Agyekum Kufuor. She is a two-term Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon. She is married and has 4 children.
She said to a Ghana newspaper “The Chronicle” that her rich and long experience would help her to succeed in this herculean mission she carries on her shoulders. “I am ready for battle and looking forward to serve the President and Ghanaians.”
“I am ready for battle and looking forward to serve the President and Ghanaians.”
In the same way she has been congratulated by her whole country, people wait from her not to deceive them. She has to coordinate the presidency staff and the primary aide-de-camp of the president.
These two cases, Lt. Tokhozile Muwamba in Zambia and Madam Akosua Frema Oséi in Ghana are good symbols of promoting women in taking decision functions and responsibilities in Africa. They deny louder and properly the western world who perceive Africa to be behind America in terms of women’s rights, in terms of promotion of equality between men and women regarding top responsibilities post. These are example of the opposite.The gender activist groups in both countries, Ghana and Zambia are still advocating to the authorities for more women recruitment in all the level of decision making position in business, government, national assembly…