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April 1
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Agnes Buya Yombwe (born 1966) is a Zambian painter and sculptor. She was born in Mazabuka, Zambia. Agnes received an Art Teachers Diploma from Evelyn Hone College, Lusaka in 1989. She later obtained a certificate in Art and Design from Wimbledon School of Art in London. She taught Art at Libala and Matero Boys secondary schools in Lusaka. Yombwe conducts weekend workshops for children in her home town, Livingstone. (Full article...)

April 2
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The Lusaka Hotel is the oldest hotel in Lusaka, dating back to 1914 when it was started as a family investment by a Canadian coouple, Mr and Mrs Counsell in the early 1900 under the name Counsell's Lusaka Hotel. The hotel is located on Cairo Road. In 1913, The British South Africa Company gazetted Lusaka as a local authority under a Village Management Board. The Counsell's Hotel opened its hospitality doors as Counsell's Lusaka Hotel in 1914 after it got incorporated under theVillage Management board. During this time the city of Lusaka (Full article...)

April 3
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Esther Phiri (born 14 January 1987) is a Zambian boxer. She is Zambia’s first female boxer to earn international accolades and became an icon for Zambian women, fighting stereotypes and finding success in and outside the ring. Esther made her professional debut at Mindolo Dam in Kitwe on 23 July 2005 against Jota Sumaili of Zambia, fighting her to a four-round draw. Sumaili had won both of her previous bouts on points, against debut boxers. On August 21, 2005 at Moi International Sport (Full article...)

April 4
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The Nyami Nyami, otherwise known as the Zambezi River God or Zambezi Snake spirit, is one of the most important gods of the Tonga people. Nyami Nyami is believed to protect the Tonga people and give them sustenance in difficult times. The River God is usually portrayed as male.The BaTonga People lived in the Zambezi Valley for centuries in peaceful seclusion and with little contact with the outside world. They were simple folk who built their houses in kraal along the banks of the great river and believed that their gods looked after them (Full article...)

April 5
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Barotseland is a between Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola, and is the homeland of the Lozi people or Barotse or Malozi as they call themselves who are a unified group of over 20 individual formerly diverse tribes related through kinship, whose original branch are the Luyi (Maluyi), and also assimilated northern Sotho of South Africa who they called Kololo. Before the advent of European explorers such as David Livingstone the Baroste had no written history, so the history was passed down by word of mouth. (Full article...)

April 6
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Kaiser Kalambo (6 July 1953 – 18 March 2014) was a Zambian coach and former footballer. He represented Zambia in three African Cup of Nations tournaments and was named Zambian captain in 1980, the same year in which he was voted Zambian footballer of the year. In his first season with Roan, he helped the club reach the final of the Shell Challenge Cup which they narrowly lost 3–2 to Kabwe Warriors. The following year, he played for Zambia Schools and did not miss a game for the three years that he played in the team. (Full article...)

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April 7
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Robert Banda (best known by his stage name Roberto) is a Zambian award-winning R&B singer, songwriter, producer and radio DJ. He is also founder of BrathaHood Music where he and his elder brother, General Ozzy make their music. He entered the music scene as a rapper, and later turned singer after being inspired by Usher’s hit song “My Way”; Roberto later encountered a career turning experience after traveling to and living in South Africa for a period of time. Whilst in South Africa Roberto wrote (Full article...)

April 8

Charles Musonda (born 22 August 1969) is a Zambian former professional footballer. At his peak, he played as a midfielder for Belgian Champions Anderlecht. His debut as a professional for Zambia came in 1988 against Ghana in Lusaka which Zambia won 2–0 and Musonda did not disappoint, tellingly imposing himself on the game. He was one of the star players at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul as Zambia reached the quarter finals, trouncing Italy and Guatemala with 4–0 scorelines along the way.(Full article...)

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April 9

The Lusaka Protocol, signed in Lusaka on October 31, 1994, attempted to end the Angolan Civil War by integrating and disarming UNITA and starting national reconciliation. Both sides signed a ceasefire as part of the protocol on November 20. Under the agreement the government and UNITA would ceasefire and demobilize. 5,500 UNITA members, including 180 militants, would join the Angolan National police, 1,200 UNITA members, including 40 militants, would join the rapid reaction police force, and UNITA generals would become officers in the Angolan Armed Forces. (Full article...)

April 10
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In 1964 Zambia received independence from Great Britain to become a Common Wealth Nation. The planned monetary policy was planned to be based on a decimal system but to maintain stability Sterling coinage (pence, shillings, and pounds) was used from 1964 to 1967. During that time period, coins were issued in the denominations of penny, 6 pence, shilling, 2 shillings, and 5 shillings. The 5 shillings coin (along with the penny) was only a one year issue coin and was physically the largest coin ever issued for circulation. (Full article...)

April 11
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Chibuku is a commercial sorghum beer based on the traditional Umqombothi home made African beers, the main grains used are malted sorghum and maize but may also contain millet. It was first brewed during the 1950s in Kitwe, Zambia by Max Heinrich, who trained in brewing in Berlin. The name Chibuku comes from Max Heinrich's habit of recording all consumers' comments and process changes in a book, and Chibuku is an adaptation of the local word for "book" - "Chi" is the pre-fix meaning "language of", "buk" = "book", (Full article...)

April 12

Kafue is a town in the Lusaka Province of Zambia and it lies on the north bank of the Kafue River, after which it is named. It is the southern gateway to the central Zambian plateau on which Lusaka and the mining towns of Kabwe and the Copperbelt are located. It has more manufacturing plants than most towns outside the Copperbelt Province, which were to provide the heavy industrial base for the capital city, Lusaka. (Full article...)

April 13

Vincent Chileshe is a Zambian coach and former goalkeeper. He was crowned Zambian player of the year in 1977 at the age of 20, the first goalkeeper to achieve that feat, and was in goal for Zambia at CAN 1978. He is currently coaching Zambian Division 2 side Young Green Eagles.In 1986, Chileshe was appointed player-coach at Zesco and won them the 1986 Division I title and promotion to the premier league and also led them to another BP Challenge Cup runners-up slot when they lost to Division I side Zanaco in 1987. (Full article...)

April 14

Roan United is a Zambian football club based in Luanshya. The club is a current member of the Zambian Premier League although they were most successful during the early years of Zambian football. Indeed, they were the inaugural winners of the ZPL, clinching what was then called the Northern Rhodesia National Football League in 1962 (Full article...)

April 15
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Emmanuel Mwape (1950 – 8 April 1991) was a Zambian footballer who is regarded as Zambia’s best goalkeeper in history. Nicknamed ‘Mannix’, Mwape kept goal for Zambia at CAN 1974 and featured for Roan United and Rokana United. He was named Zambian sportsman of the year in 1974 and his younger brother Kenny also played in goal for Zambia in 1980.(Full article...)

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April 16
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Nashil Pichen Kazembe (1932–1991) was a Zambian musician from Luapula Province of Zambia who became an African music star in the 1970s. He spent a long time in Nairobi, Kenya, where he collaborated with fellow Zambia emigre Peter 'Tsotsi' Juma who was from Mbala in Northern Province on the Zambia-Tanzania border and Benson Simbeye.(Full article...)

April 17
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Prince Moses Mumba (born 28 September 1984) is a Zambian former track and field athlete who specialized in the 800 metres. He competed for Zambia at the 2004 and the 2012 Summer Olympics. Mumba participated in three IAAF World Championships in Athletics, in 2005, 2009, and 2011. Additionally, he also represented Zambia in two All Africa Games in 2007 and 2011.(Full article...)

April 18
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Angela Mulenga (1988 - 14 May 2016) was a Zambian fashion designer and make-up artist. Angela started her fashion career at a tender age in the 90s. Her main source of inspiration comes from her mum, the late Trust Mulenga, a professional designer who built up a college of fashion and a design business that was later taken over by Angela. In February 2010, she was given an opportunity as one of the 10 fashion (Full article...)

April 19
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Chisanda "Kent Green" Mutti (14 February 1957 — late 1990s) born in Lusaka, was a Zambian professional middle/light heavy/cruiser/heavyweight boxer of the 1970s and '80s. Mutti won the Zambia middleweight title, Zambia light heavyweight title, and Commonwealth cruiserweight title, and was a challenger for the Commonwealth middleweight title against Tony Sibson, Commonwealth light heavyweight title (Full article...)

April 20

Ben Bamfuchile (12 April 1960 – 27 December 2007), also known as Ben Pabili, was a Zambian football defender and coach. Bamfuchile played for the Nkana Red Devils in the 1980s and later coached the same team, as well as the Zambia national football team from 1998 to 2000, holding the distinction of qualifying Zambia to the 2000 African Cup of Nations with best record amongst all the teams of 5 wins and a draw in the 6 qualifying games. Bamfuchile also coached Namibia and therefore coached and led two different teams to the African Cup of Nations (Full article...)

April 21

Kenny Mwape (1955–2007) was a Zambian goalkeeper and coach. He was Zambia's goalkeeper at the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980 and played for several Zambian clubs including Power Dynamos. Mwape's elder brother Emmanuel also played in goal for Zambia. Mwape was born in Luanshya and he started out in Roan United's youth team in 1970, following in the footsteps of his elder brother Emmanuel Mwape who was the first choice goalkeeper at Roan and the national team. Mwape stayed at Roan for two seasons but due to limited first-team opportunities, (Full article...)

April 22
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Moses Simwala was a Zambian footballer and coach. Nicknamed 'the chairman,' Simwala featured for Zambia and Rhokana United (later Nkana Red Devils and now Nkana F.C.) as a right winger, the same club he would go on to coach for over 12 years and become the most successful coach in Zambian club football, winning the league title a record 8 times and 21 trophies in all. He was voted Zambian coach of the year in 1988 and 1989. (Full article...)

April 23
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Mufulira Wanderers are Zambia’s most successful football club and are based in the Copperbelt town of Mufulira. Popularly known as Mighty Mufulira Wanderers, the club has won 50 trophies and has also produced some of the country’s greatest players. After nine years in Division I, the Wanderers returned to the Zambian Super League in 2015 and preserved their top league status with a 5th place finish. (Full article...)

April 24
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The W.I.T.C.H. (or WITCH) (acronym for We Intend To Cause Havoc) were a Zambian music rock (Zamrock) band formed in the early 1970s. Widely seen as the most popular Zambian band of the time, Witch were formed during Zambia's golden post-independence days, and were headed by Emmanuel “Jagari” Chanda. The group originated from the famous Chamboli Mine Township in Kitwe. Renowned for notorious activities, Chamboli (Full article...)

April 25

Lake Mweru Wantipa or Mweru-wa-Ntipa meaning "muddy lake" (also called 'Mweru Marsh') is a lake and swamp system in the Northern Province of Zambia. It has been regarded in the past as something of mystery, displaying fluctuations in water level and salinity which were not entirely explained by variation in rainfall levels; it has been known to dry out almost completely. Lake Mweru Wantipa is a rift valley lake lying in a branch of the East African Rift, running from the Luapula River to Lake Tanganyika. (Full article...)

April 26
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Howard Mwikuta (20 June 1941 – 26 February 1988) was a Zambian footballer and coach who featured in the first Zambian national team at independence in October 1964. He was named Zambian captain in 1966 and at the end of the season was voted Zambian Sportsman of the Year. Mwikuta was one of the first Zambians to play professional football abroad when he signed for American club Atlanta Chiefs in 1967, together with Emment Kapengwe and Freddie Mwila. (Full article...)

April 27
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Bernard Chanda was one of Zambia's greatest strikers and was the league top scorer three times. Nicknamed 'Bomber,' he played for three of Zambia's biggest clubs – Roan United, Mufulira Wanderers and Rokana United, and is remembered for scoring a hat-trick in the 4–2 semi-final victory over Congo at the 1974 African Cup of Nations tournament. He took up coaching and in 1985, he crossed over to Botswana to coach Gaborone United. He came back to Zambia in 1986 and became coach for Kafue Textiles FC (Full article...)

April 28
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Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-TunyaTonga: the Smoke that Thunders), is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855 from what is now known as Livingstone Island The recent geological history of Victoria Falls can be seen in the form of the gorges below the falls. (Full article...)

April 29
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Lukanga Swamp is a major wetland in the Central Province of Zambia, about 50 km west of Kabwe.Its permanently swampy area consists of a roughly circular area with a diameter of 40 to 50 km covering 1850 km2, plus roughly 250 km2 in the mouths of and along rivers discharging into it such as the Lukanga River from the north-east, plus another 500 km2 either side of the Kafue River to the west and north-west, making 2600 km2 in total. (Full article...)

April 30
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The Yellow baboon (Papio cynocephalus) is a baboon in the family of Old World monkeys. The species epithet literally means "dog-head" in Greek, due to the shape of its muzzle and head. It has a slim body with long arms and legs and a yellowish-brown hair. It resembles the Chacma baboon, but is smaller and its muzzle is not as elongated. Baboons are important in their natural environment, not only serving as food for larger predators, but also aiding in seed dispersal due to their messy foraging habits. (Full article...)