She is the Founder and CEO of the Buumbalambo Foundation. Miss Malambo was also the first and youngest Zambian to win the Women4Africa award in 2015. In addition, she is the recipient of many awards including Africa Arising 2015, Zambia Woman of the year 2016, African international Achievers 2014, Voice of Youth Africa 2013 – just to mention a few the of 21 awards she has received to date. She also participated at the first ever Women’s Parliament for Africa in Mauritius in July 2017. Did I mention that she is also the first youngest Ward Member in Zambia and also the first and youngest serving member of the Ministry of Gender and Child National Coordinating committee.
Here are my top 4 reasons why Buumba Malambo is one Africa’s most reputable people of 2018:
Age ain’t nothing but a number
I always wanted to set up a child literacy Foundation in honour of my grand father who has a Headmaster and alongside that a Foundation to support children get off the streets. These are ideas I had as a teenager that are still yet to come to into fruition. In all honesty, every year I have talked myself out of executing these ideas. When I was in my teens it was “I am too young…let me get my degree first…no one will support what I’m trying to do…No one listens to young people” then as a few years went by “how will I even get funding for this…is there even enough funding…I need to build a team for this to work I cant do this by myself.” Miss Malambo started charity work at the age of 14 and at 16 set up her foundation – the Buumbalambo Foundation that fosters education needs to over 650 children in rural Zambia. Whether you are young or old it is so easy to talk ourselves out of pursuing particular dreams we might have. What Buumba has taught us is that we have to create these opportunities for ourselves regardless of our age. Now in her mid 20’s she has persevered and become the youngest Ward Member in Zambia and also the youngest serving Member in a Zambian Ministry. If you want to have an impact on your community do not limit yourself because of your age, all you are doing by delaying is shortening the amount of time you will have to make the impact you want to make.
Surround yourself with people you admire
Buumba enjoys spending time with herself and in her a spare time of reflection she immerses herself in reading memoirs and autobiographies of women and men (mostly women) who she admires or has an interest in. In the most recent interview I came across she was reading a book on or by Kwame Nkrumah and also a book on or by William Wilberforce. You see, biographies and memoirs are the purest form of education. When you immerse yourself in one, its like you are on a journey with these great women and men of history as you learn their hardships, trials and tribulations, their success and their failures, what worked for them and what did not work for them. In most cases we have the opportunity to learn from like-minded individuals. We will learn and adopt some new values. When I find myself lost or uncertain, I pick up autobiographies, narratives or memoirs of people I admire and amaze me. In the past I have picked up Steve Biko, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Benjamin Franklin, Maya Angelou, Fredrick Douglas, Sir Alex Ferguson…and I could go on. There is something about learning about their struggles and twists and turns they went through which reminds firstly my life is not as bad as I think and secondly, I should be less anxious about the future because it is so uncertain – sometimes things work out sometimes they do not, the important thing is to live a life of impact.
Social media for social good
Social media seems to be about memes, gifs and photo shopped celebrities right? Not for Miss Malambo. What is the best way to advocate for your constituents and bring the community together? Social media. By actively engaging on all major social media platforms, Buumba has managed to network with like minded organisations/individuals, raise awareness of her cause and connect with donors. By simply sharing the stories of her community on these social platforms Child Fund donated 1,000 pairs of shoes to children who walked to school bare foot, close to 600 children have had their education sponsored by Zambian (65%) and International Donors. She once posted about a school that did not have adequate facilities with children learning outside in the rain and soon many individuals and contractors from Zambia and abroad donated building materials and labour to build more classrooms. Several girls in her Ward had unfortunately been raped in the bush they had to pass on their way to school. She knew these girls needed bicycles to get them to school safely and from a post on Facebook, the girls received 150 bicycles from different individuals and the cases of rape have significantly decreased. Its amazing she is able to assist her Ward with everything from medical support to educational materials all via the power of social media. Her sincere and authentic efforts are, to say the least, refreshing at time when social media seems to be about escapism, photo shopped bodies, memes and materialism and to see a sister proactively using it to empower young children who are eager to learn and get an education is inspiring. Makes one think twice about my last post on Twitter or Facebook. Let us connect for good.
If you are looking for excuses, you won’t find solutions
“There is just too much corruption to do anything” or “If so and so was in power things would be different” or “ahh this is [insert name of African country] my friend, this is how things are and will always be“. To be frank we all tend to make excuses and complain about the world around us. Yes, maybe it would help if so and so was in power and if our governments did a bit more to actually govern properly. But, Buumba said it best “It’s about being a citizen and not just sitting and complaining.” This is coming from a lady who has been an active citizen since she was 14 years old and has shown us what is possible if you take action.
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