TITLE: Mulenga Kapwepwe: Zambia's Cultural Heritage
SPEAKER: Mulenga Kapwepwe
EVENT DATE: 04/13/2010
RUNNING TIME: 46 minutes
As part of a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, the African Section of the Library's African and Middle Eastern Division sponsors a program on Zambia's cultural heritage. The featured speaker is Mulenga Kapwepwe, policy advisor in Zambia's Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development, and chair of the Zambian National Arts Council.
Speaker Biography: Mulenga Kapwepwe is an award-winning playwright and author of such works as "Heart of the Cyclone," which won the best creative writing award at Zambia's Ngoma Awards; the epic musical drama "Chiti Mu Luba," which won four Ngoma awards; and "Kafuti-the Brazen Serpent." Her historical plays include "A Lunda Love Story" and "Longa," both published in 2002. The author of seven short works on Zambian culture, Kapwepwe also edited and wrote sections of the 2009 compendium "Ceremony! Celebrating Zambia's Cultural Heritage." She has hosted and produced weekly radio programs on Zambian culture and social issues including HIV/AIDS prevention, and a weekly television program on economic issues for the Zambian National Broadcasting Company (ZNBC). She is the daughter of Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, one of the leaders of the Zambian independence movement.