I AM ZAMBIAN! Young Zambians around the globe speak out!
UKZAMBIANS has interviewed a number of young Zambians based in the Diaspora. The aim for the interviews was to find out how young people identify themselves as Zambians. Today, we have started featuring their responses and will feature a different young person every Monday.
Ann-Marie Tawonga Msichili
UKZAMIBANS: Please tell us about yourself, your name, age, education and where you live.
Ann-Marie:My name is Ann-Marie Tawonga Msichili and I am 18 years old. I attended Fatima Girls Secondary School (Ndola, Zambia) for two years before I moved to the United Kingdom. I am studying at Invicta Grammar School, in Maidstone, Kent.
UKZAMBIANS: What is your current occupation and what is your ambition and aspirations in life?
Ann-Marie:I’m currently in my last year of A levels and hoping to study Psychology at University. A famous author once wrote that ‘The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body’. From then I knew that Psychology was how I wanted to help people. Being successful would enable me to do volunteer work in Zambia specifically with orphans and abused children.
UKZAMBIANS: Who is your role model and why?
Ann-Marie:My father. He’s by far the wisest person I know and has taught me so much. He’s hard working and dedicated in everything he does especially being a father. I would be more than happy to be even half the person he is.
UKZAMBIANS: Who is the most important person in your life and why?
Ann-Marie:My family are the most important people in my life because they have been and will always be there for me so making them proud is extremely important to me.
UKZAMBIANS: How do you feel about your Zambian roots and do you still have strong ties with Zambia?
Ann-Marie:I still have very strong ties with my Zambian friends and family. The foundation of my beliefs and values are all based around my culture and upbringing. Moving to the UK gave me so many academic opportunities and hopefully I can be a blessing to other Zambians one day.
UKZAMBIANS: Please describe Zambia in 3 words
Ann-Marie:My wonderful home.