Chisenga Muyoya becomes first Zambian to win JCI Award

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Chisenga Muyoya has become the first Zambian to receive the Junior Chamber International Outstanding Young Person of the Year award.

Chisenga, who studies MSc Practising Sustainable Development at Royal Holloway, University of London, was invited to Japan alongside nine other individuals to collect her award.

“JCI is a nonprofit organisation for young, active citizens aged 18 to 40, who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. 

Active citizens are individuals invested in the future of our world. JCI gathers active citizens from all sectors of society.

We develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions and take action. As globally minded young people, we all have rights, responsibilities and share goals. We find targeted solutions to local issues benefitting our communities, our world and our future. Embracing new ideas, collaboration and diversity, we have the passion and courage to address the critical challenges of our time. ” as described on the official website (http://www.jci.cc/)

The award, which has been handed out every year since 1983, is given to those who exemplify the spirit of the JCI mission, providing exemplary service to their communities and serving as honorable young active citizens.

Chisenga was chosen because she felt compelled to use her background in computing and information system management, to take a stand for women in technology by founding Asikana Network; a youth led social enterprise that seeks to increase the participation of young women in technology.

Upon receiving the award, Chisenga was overwhelmed:

‘When I first heard that I would receive the award, the gravity of it didn’t sink in because I was frantically preparing for a year of study in the UK, courtesy of the Chevening Scholarship. Before leaving Zambia, I met with two women I look up to, who reminded me to own it, to receive it with pride and know that in doing so, I am paving the way for others.

‘I am passionate about changing the narrative of Africa, that whilst we may not have everything, we do whatever we can with whatever we have. I waved my country flag extra high on that stage in Japan because the recognition at a global level serves as an example to young people in Africa what may seem like small efforts to bring positive change to our communities can have a far greater impact than we imagine.’

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Just like your father Girl may his soul rest in peace he must be the happiest saint now. You have made the Muyoya family proud

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  2. Well done Chisenga! Keep the flag high and stay focussed on your studies. It’s a wild world out there and many are the obstacles to success but hard work and determination is the key.

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  3. Congrats. You make us Zambians proud. Not the Kabwili’s typewho’re supporting violence to hurt fellow Zambians.

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  4. More good news. we are tired of this countrt is doom. Zambia has a future and those praying for its fall will die of heart attack. Zambia is a promised land and soon and very soon the world will give us respect

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