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Made this to explain my background and how it led me to my passion. Share if you like! Feel free to tweet @WorldBankAfrica if you enjoyed it and think they should take a look! No pressure, just hoping to inspire! #shewants2work4africa

Maleele Coongo

on 23 April 2013

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My Roots branching out election time! I was born and raised in Zambia, Africa. Here I experienced first hand the resilience, brilliance, and potential of my people. #iwant2work4africa Some of my friends had not traveled outside our small town due to limited mobility. Others had not even entered the community clinic that was IN town. The economic instability was staggering! I learned a great deal in Zambia, and my exposure to the social, economic, and political lives of our people framed what I decided to do with my life. By:Maleele Choongo Goodbye, Africa.
En route to America. @misszambia Living in a rural community, I quickly became aware of the social, political and economic instability even our biggest accomplishments could not mask. #iwant2work4africa Gender inequality The leadership and decision-making positions in my community were held by males. Therefore, education was primarily invested in boys rather than girls. who decides? Even as a young girl I was unable to escape the enforced gender roles. Although I was number one in my class, I wasn't allowed to carry my nation's flag at the Independence Day parade because of my gender! who represents? Polygamy was a community norm. I saw girls drop out of my school to become wives while the boys had no such constructed obstruction to their educational pursuits. what do i have to look forward to? I felt helpless, small, and insignificant in my own community. All the women I looked up to were bright, strong and capable. Nevertheless, their capacities were constrained. Surely they could and would love to contribute to their own community! why not? My need to advocate social justice only increased. Whether or not it included me, I HAD to do something or at least make sure something was done! is there a way out? During one presidential election, a candidate visited my community and endorsed himself simply by saying we owed him our support because we were in his tribe. The candidate never asked the community about its specific concerns or those of the nation. We were simply asked to cooperate. no say? Nevertheless, the community supported him enthusiastically. Chanting songs in our native tongue in praise of the candidate. no questions asked! This was my first exposure to political platforms and popular participation. Unfortunately, it was nothing more than a tribal contest. what are we doing? THOMAS SANKARA, who invested and believed in capacity of Africans to build their own nations and explicitly called for gender equality.

ELLEN SIRLEAF, the first female president….followed JOYCE BANDA!

LEYMAH GBOWEE, the ardent peace maker who unlocked the potential of girls all over Liberia, and changed the course of an entire nation.

DAMBISA MOYO, the author and economist who believes exclusively in Africa and her people.

WANGARI MATHAAI, the earth lover who sought to ensure a better environment for the people in it.

NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA, the financial savvy leader and runner-up to leading the World Bank!

UN Secretary General KOFI ANNAN, serving as the world’s most important diplomat. i am inspired by my people I am especially inspired by the stories of those whose names I don't know:The local champions, fighting to secure a better Africa for their people. I want to be a catalyst for change.
As I relied on information to fuel my passion for Africa and cultivate my knowledge, I know others will find it useful as well.
I want to document the reduction of poverty.
I want to chronicle the empowering of women and girls in all communities.
I want to mark the results of local communities being engaged and participating in their nation's political agendas! what do I want to do? africa I WANT TO WORK FOR AFRICA!! I am determined, passionate, professional and FUELED to work for Africa. every day heroes
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