If you ever needed information about what is happening around Africa regarding the festival scene,music,fashion and just generally have a decent conversation about what it is to be young hip and African then Mazuba is your girl.She is bubbling with ideas and she makes it happen!
What do you celebrate about being a woman?
Wow, tough opening question! Hmm, I’m always in awe of the fact that women bring little beings into the world, even though I’m not a mother yet.
Women created the feminist movement, had the power to bring about change in countries like Liberia through denying their husbands sex (and it worked), women like Cleopatra changed Egyptian history forever, and let’s not forget the Dahomey Amazon’s who were an all-women military unit from Benin who were feared by other tribes for their strength in battles.
So in the words of Beyonce, ‘Who Run the World? – Girls’ “How we’re smart enough to make these millions, Strong enough to bear the children, Then get back to business”
What do you wish other women knew?
That it’s okay to have an opinion. I think too often, with how we are raised, we are told to let the men do the talking and make the decisions because they are the ones who will take care of us in the end. We’re all girls in my family except my dad, so when we had to make a decision, he’d let us all share our thoughts and take them into consideration.
When I came back to Zambia, I noticed that a lot of young ladies were so obsessed about getting married. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it seems to me like it’s a race to see who posts their wedding pictures first on social media etc. It’s like if you’re 25 and single, you’re cursed. I just want women to know it’s okay to take your time and ‘do you’ not just in relationships, but in everything else. We shouldn’t spend our lives comparing ourselves to each other and constantly competing with each other, that we don’t live for ourselves.
How do you express yourself creatively?
How I express myself creatively has changed throughout the years. When I was a kid, I wrote short stories. When I was in high school in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, I was in an all female dance group called ‘United Girls’ and we performed hip hop and Rhumba routines at school competitions and other events.
In my older life, I express myself creatively through my blog Afrosocialiting which I started while I was in New York and have continued to update now that I’m in Lusaka, through the Social Media Management + Content Generation company I co-manage with former Mukaintu interviewee Mukuka called ‘C1rca 1964’. At the core, C1rca’s mission is to connect #Zedcreatives (or Zambian creatives) online and offline, so I get to create content and connect people for a living which is awesome.
How are you making a difference in the world?
You know, I’m only 24, so maybe you should ask me that when I’m 40.LoL.On a serious note, starting with Zambia, I hope to think that by connecting Zedcreatives, I am somehow helping people build partnerships that could lead to them enriching their lives either financially or in other ways.
I was the keynote speaker in May 2012, at a charity event for ‘Empower Zambia’ which teaches business techniques to entrepreneurs in Zambia, so I hope to be involved with the organization more this year.
My cousin passed away last February and he was really dedicated to soccer, so I hope to set up a foundation in his honor that will donate soccer kits to underprivileged soccer players.
Through working with one of our C1rca clients, Barefeet Theatre who teach theatre and acrobatic skills to youth, I believe by promoting their work over social media, I am helping in a small part to getting more donors on board to help them continue changing the lives of Zambian youth.
What do you believe is your calling and what are you doing about it?
I was once reading an article which was about finding your calling and it said that if you want to know what your purpose in life is, look to the things that made you happiest as a child. I believe that’s so true!
When I was seven, I knew I wanted to be a writer because I enjoyed story time , so telling stories had to be in my future. You would have thought I’d have studied English Literature or something in university, but I didn’t because I didn’t want my writing voice to be lost or to have to write on command.
My calling is to be a writer, and with social media, it’s great because I share my work through my blog and I write for sites like Afripop Mag, our c1rca site and in the past I have contributed to Heritage 1960, Applause Africa Mag, Mimi Magazine, Africa Style Daily, Diasporan Darlings and more.
How do you celebrate where you’re from?
Celebrating my country Zambia has been ingrained in me since I was born, as I was born into diplomacy. My dad’s job was to represent Zambia in various countries we’ve lived in, like Germany, Ethiopia, the United States and the other countries he was accredited to as an Ambassador.
So I was raised to be a young ‘Zambian ambassador’which meant educating people about my beautiful country. In high school, we had ‘UN Day’ which means everyone had to dress in their traditional attire and bring food from their countries. I always went all out and wore chitenge and brought in ‘finkubala’ (caterpillars) which one of my teachers loved! So throughout the years, I’ve represented Zambia at the United Nations Youth conference and at a few other events.
In terms of celebrating Africa, I graduated with a degree in Africana Studies. I would like to use that degree and my future masters in Public Heritage and Culture and Curatorial studies to open a museum, and to maybe be a professor in African Music and African Fashion. My twitter handle is @afrosocialtie, so it doesn’t get any African than that. Lol. I tweet a lot of articles about African music, fashion etc and news as well.
I work for a radio station called Radio Afro Australia, where I share African events happening across the globe in a given weekend, so that people can celebrate their African heritage wherever they are.
Lastly, I am currently working on a docu-style travel show with my friends Lorraine, Zwi and Gwi where we spotlight different cultural African festivals with the hope that we inspire Africans to be Afro-tourists while preserving our culture at the same time.
What do you consider to be the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
In recent times, I’d say moving back to Lusaka, Zambia after not living here for about 9 years. I moved back, set up a company in an industry that is still in its infancy here, so it was hard initially convincing companies why they needed a service we provided.
Being a young woman in business here, I’ve faced Ageism issues here. I’ve had to adjust to not always having fast Internet, Zambian time, power cuts etc. I’m not sure if I’ve managed to overcome the challenges I’ve faced here, as most of them don’t have to do with me as an individual, and take years to change. Without ending on a negative note, we all have to go through challenges to get to where we need to go, and I’m a pretty tough but petite cookie, so I’m ready for the challenge! (*puts Mohammed Ali boxing gloves on)
For more of Mazuba you can visit her blog or read more about her adventures with the Fest Gurus. Also you can follow her on twitter @afrosocialite