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Wednesday September 20 2017

Meet Ichida Ndlovu The First Female Zambian Civilian Pilot Ichida Ndlovu is Zambia's first female civilian pilot. After completing her secondary school education, she was admitted to the School of Natural Sciences (NS) at the University of Zambia (UNZA) in 1977. At the time of her admission to the University of Zambia (UNZA), she had also qualified for a Government scholarship to pursue engineering studies in Russia.

Her first encounter at the opportunity of becoming a pilot was in during the period 1981 to 1991. During this period, Ichida Ndlovu was working for the then Roan Air, before she eventually joined the civil service.

Ichida saw an advertisement in one of the local newspapers, calling for individuals interested in training oportunities in the field of civil aviation to apply to the Zambia Air Services Training Institute (ZASTI) for interviews. The media advertisement just offered the perfect opportunity for fulfill her life time ambition of becoming a pilot.

She seized and utilized the opportunity and decided to apply for the interviews. Ichida was enventually short listed to attend the interviews. When she eventually got to Zambia Air Services Training Iinstitute (ZASTI) for the student interviews, she discovered that she was the only female candidate .

After sucessfully being offered the oportunity to undergo training as a pilot, in what was the a male dorminated field, she discovered that some of her male folks were not pleased to have Ichida as their counterpart, because they were convinced that she was an overzealous young lady. However, this did not dent her ambition, because she had determination and family support as the pillars of strength she needed to forge ahead. The fact that she was the only female student meant she needed to put in extra efforts to ensure that she did not lag behind. Perseveranceand determination were the only tools she adopted to ensure that she broke through this male dominated career.

Whenever she felt that she could not go on, she fell back on her biblical teachings which suggest that no one can take away from blessings that are hers. Today, Ichida stands proud as having made history in Zambia, for being the first female civilian pilot and she still believes that each person has a God appointed assignment to accomplish.

Ichida now works for the Ministry of Communications, Transport, Works and Supply, where she has currently been seconded to the Zambia Flying Doctor Service in Ndola. She is married to a medical doctor, Enock Ndlovu, and the couple is blessed with three children.

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