Mulenga Kapwepwe is a Zambian author, playwright, accountant and corporate executive who broke the glass ceilings for her appointment to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) as the first female in its 26 years of existence to be appointed as Secretary General of the Regional Economic Community (REC).
Kapwepwe has won a number of awards in recognition of her contribution to art, media and culture. In 2009, she won The Ebony Award Contribution to the field Culture, In 2011, she won the Zambian National Media Association awardPresident’s Recognition in the category of Film and Television;in 2012, she won the Zambia Institute of Marketing President’s Award in the category Contribution to the field of Culture; in 2014 Public Relations Association of Zambia Award in the category Outstanding Communication in culture and arts.
In 2004, she was appointed the Chairperson of the National Arts Council, and in 2017, appointed as the Arterial Network Ambassador for Africa Contribution to African creative industries. In 2020, she went on, make the BBC’s 100 influential and inspirational women around the world list.
n 2016, Kapwepwe and Samba Yonga in conjunction with the Kvinnohistoriskt museum, in Sweden, developed the Zambian Museum of Women’s History, to increase the number of narratives on Wikipedia of Zambian women who have contributed to the country’s traditional and contemporary history, as well as help to make the internet more gender-equal.
The museum has so far been a digital archive, but in the near future, the large collection of historical artefacts, collected by the founders will be moved to the Lusaka National Museum.
In 2019, in Lusaka, Kapwepwe adapted her father’s book, ‘Shalapo Chanichandala’ into a Bemba-language musical.
She presented a TEDx Lusaka on ‘African Proverbs are my Lifehacks’, where she summarised the importance of Proverbs as the open source knowledge platform of Africa and a life hack promoting values in African children.
Kapwepwe is also known for building libraries to help young children educate themselves.