Zambia’s Top Five Young Entrepreneurs.
Zambia like many other African countries is on the verge of self-sustenance as more and more people are opting to break free from the shackles of poverty. It is in this very spirit that more Youths are putting on entrepreneur gowns as society grows out of the dependency on government aid.
It is for this very reason that we have picked a few outstanding Zambian business oriented youths who beyond all odds chose to make a difference and broke the cycle of poverty hence creating financial independence.
As Zed Corner, we feel entrepreneurship is the only way forward for Zambia to develop. If we have Youths with entrepreneurial spirits our country and society will be better off. What is killing our country is the over dependency on the government.
Here are some of the few Zambians that got shortlisted for this article. A series of similar articles will follow and hopefully you will one day be part of the list.
Disclaimer – The order is of no particular importance.
Mutoba Ngoma, Founder and CEO, Tapera Bio Industries Limited. Mutoba Ngoma started his business when he was 21 years after being inspired by a TV documentary on renewable energy in Brazil. Career wise Ngoma is an aircraft technician and he previously worked at Zambia Airways Limited. When Zambia Airways ran out of business, Ngoma started his Bio-Fuel business on a joint venture with his father. He plans to buy more land on which he will grow his own castor beans for oil and so produce bio-fuels, create jobs for other young people and help the Zambian economy.
Faith Mulenga Kabende of Fay Designs. Fay Designs is a professional design label established in 2003 by local designer Faith Mulenga Kabende. Faith created the label out of her passion for fashion, and she is the label’s sole designer.
A unique Zambian design label specializing in both Afrocentric and western tailor-made clothing with a team of qualified tailors that helps to bring Faith’s creative designs to life. Fay Designs supplies clothing stores in South Africa and has clients from all over Zambia as well as USA, UK, Switzerland and Germany.
Sparx Mulenga of Sparx Mining Limited. Sparx Mulenga dubbed, as Zambia’s youngest richest millionaire is the sole proprietor of Sparx Mining, one of the most trusted mining companies on the Copperbelt. As a man having little or no formal education Sparx has managed to prove that one doesn’t need school to prosper in life. When asked how he did it, Sparx frowned and said, “School is not necessary but education is a must.” He further lamented that a person doesn’t need school in order to be educated.
Chishala Chitoshi, Flave FM Radio Station Co Owner, Radio & TV Producer and Director as well as a Master of Ceremonies. Chitoshi is a Law Degree holder from Thames Valley University in the UK where he graduated with Honors in 1995. Chitoshi is also a Member of the Law Association of Zambia & holds a practicing certificate. He was called to the Zambian Bar in 1996 and practiced Law for close to 10 years before he ventured into other businesses.
Now, Chitoshi popularly known as Gesh Groove has filled the airwaves from Southern Africa to Europe. Earning himself loads of income using his gigantic flow of talents, a jack-of-all-trades. Chitoshi recently opened a DJ Academy, apparently it is the only DJ Academy in Zambia.Everything Chitoshi touches turns into gold.
Vatice Mushauko, CEO of Inzy. Vatice Mushauko started his business in 2007. Mushauko built his business on passion for creativity. “The African education system does not teach entrepreneurship, it teaches you trade,” he said. Mushauko opened up his business with zero capital upon arrival from the UK. “I bought a camera, got started, and put in the time, effort, and strategy. Then people started buying into the idea,” he further revealed. His business started as a photography agency and after a few deals with his clients he managed to buy more equipment. Inzy is known for photography but its core business now is in advertising and communications. Corporate campaigns, documentaries, television commercials, creative videos and many more are what Mushauko can deliver. Zambia has seen a huge niche develop in the film industry and Vatice Mushauko is surely headed in the right direction.