Mulenga Kapwepwe – Zambia’s Patron of the Arts
The CNN programme African Voices recently featured a profile of Mulenga Kapwepwe, the daughter of the former Vice President and Freedom Fighter Simon Kapwepwe.
“What are we going to call the country? What is the flag going to look like? What is the currency going to be called?” These are not questions most six-year-olds are concerned with — unless you are Mulenga Kapwepwe.
“I grew up in an environment where the struggle for the country, the liberation of this country, was very much a part of the conversation in the home,” says Kapwepwe, a renowned Zambian playwright and daughter of the country’s former vice president, Simon Kapwepwe.
“For me, Zambia is not an abstract concept,” she says. “It’s something that I heard being birthed in the house that I lived in — even the name of the country, the answer came from our house. Literally. My father coined the name and it was agreed that this country would be called Zambia.”