Mulenga Kapwepwe

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Mulenga Kapwepwe
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BornMulenga Mpundu Kapwepwe
(1958-10-07) 7 October 1958 (age 63)[1]
Northern Rhodesia  Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia
Public Speaker(cultural issues)
Alma materUniversity of Zambia

Mulenga Mpundu Kapwepwe (born 7th October 1958) is an author, trainer public speaker and daughter of former Zambian vice president, Simon Kapwepwe.

Early life

Kapwepwe was born in 1958 in Lusaka. From a young age, Kapwepwe was surrounded by the changemakers who helped liberate the African nation from British colonial rule. An artistic child, it was not uncommon to find a young Kapwepwe at the theater or opera with her father enjoying the performance right beside her.


She graduated from the University of Zambia and holds a double degree in Psychology and Sociology.

Professional career

She is the Chairman of the National Arts Council of Zambia, the statutory administrative body for the arts and the Patron of a number of Associations, including the Women in Visual Arts Association, the Zambian Folk Music and Dance Association, The Youth For Culture Association and Vice Chairman of the Ukusefya pa Ngwena Cultural Association, Zambia Visual Arts Council and The Zambia Women Writers Association. Kapwepwe also sits on the Zambia Commission for UNESCO and the Arts Institute of Africa and Chairs the Arterial Network.

She served as Technical Consultant to the European Union and is currently Technical and Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Sport Youth and Child Development.

As a published author, Kapwepwe has written a number of award winning plays and books. In addition to writing and producing educational materials, short stories and plays, Mulenga has produced videos, television and radio programmes on a number of subjects.


Kapwepwe has been involved in consultancies as an advisor since 1991.

In 2014 she was a consultant and director of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations to coordinate the celebration programme. Under a secretariat, She coordinated all Government ministries provincial and local government and also managing logistics of 4000 civil performers and 2100 army personnel performers.

Community initiatives

As a youth mentor, Kapwepwe has involved herself with many projects to help Zambian youths chart their lives’ path. She has built libraries in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, to give young children the opportunity to read, get informed and further educate themselves. A culture she received from her dear father and which she has imbibed through the years.

She founded the Lusaka Youth Orchestra to provide teens with a space to embrace music, as well as create a youth sports team — the Chilenge Girls football team — to keep young girls “off the streets.”


Awards for Mulenga Kapwepwe
Year Association Category Result
2009 The Ebony Award Contribution to the field Culture Won
2011 Zambian National Media Association President's Recognition Film and Televiaion Won
2012 Zambia Institue of Marketing President's Award Contribution to the field of Culture Won
2014 Public Relations Association of Zambia Award Outstanding Communication in culture and arts Won
2017 Appointed Arterial Network Ambassador for Africa Contribution to African creative industries Won

Artistic achievement

Awards for Mulenga Kapwepwe's Books and Plays
Year Book/Play


Category Result
1998 Heart of the Cyclone Ngoma Awards Best Creative Writing Award Won
1999 Chiti My Luba Ngoma Awards Won four Awards
NAATAZ Festival Won
2000 Kafuti-the Brazen NAATAZ Festival Won


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