Young African Pilot, Living his Dream
“Regardless of background and age, if you desire to do something, go ahead and do not let anyone hold you back from pursuing your dream. Utilize every opportunity”– Kalenga Kamwendo.
Kalenga Kamwendo(25) was born in 1994 and grew up in Kites, a town in the Copperbelt province of Zambia. He is the second born in a family of three. His father Thomas Kamwendo, is an engineer and his mother, Mailes Kamwendo, a nurse. In 2012 aged 18, he enrolled in an air training school at Port Alfred, in Eastern Cape, South Africa. After three months, he attained a private pilot’s license and at a tender age of 18, he got his commercial private license upon completion of 200 hours of flying an aircraft.
Currently, Kalenga works for Proflight Zambia as a pilot. He flies on local routes as well as on the Lusaka-Malawi and Lusaka- Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) routes. Kalenga has flown to more than 10 destinations, local and abroad over 100 times.