Empowering Zambians in the New England Area
The Zambian Association of New England celebrated Zambia’s 48th Independence Celebration with a bang!
With the theme ‘Celebrating Chipolopolo’ to honor Zambia’s National Soccer Team – 2012 Africa Cup Champions, Zambians from across New England turned out in huge numbers, setting up a colorful scene, dressed in Zambia’s National Flag Colors and Zambian traditional wear.
The Tiyende Pamodzi challenge, whose objective is to spur community involvement for the empowerment of all in the ZANE community, was in full effect as the community through its various committees (Men’s, Women’s, Event, & Fundraising), took up the responsibility of several aspects of the Independence Celebration event such as providing the delicious Zambian cuisine, hiring renowned DJ Mina of Futi na Futi Entertainment, decorating the event space and contributing towards venue payment.
A fun packed program carried by the dynamic MC duo o f Mr. Jack Banda and Ms. Meya Wilkins showcased the home grown talent of songbirds Ellen & Korlu, TZ-Hustler, Ms. Millie and ZANE’s very own youth, that included the Mwanza Family, who brought the house down with their dance rendition of ‘Zambian Bola’ a new Chipolopolo soccer anthem.
Two of ZANE’s partners graced this year’s Independence Celebration; MAC-AFIA promoters of HIV/AIDS Awareness and the Harrison Scholars who provide education scholarships. The Harrison Scholars announced the $1,000 ‘Dorothy H. Harrison Scholarship Award’ winner as Mr. Joseph Kabaso from Maine.
A moment of silence was held for Mama Betty Kaunda, Zambia’s First Republican Lady who passed away in September, 2012 and for all Zambia’s fallen heroes who fought in the struggle for independence.
Informative speeches pertaining to Zambian culture and heritage were also given; a keynote speech by ZANE’s Co-Spiritual Advisor Rev. Cornelius Masuwa reminding all in attendance of Zambia’s history, and a vote of thanks by ZANE’s President Mr. Kwanga Kaweza that spoke of the goodwill & Tiyende Pamodzi spirit that the ZANE community showed in being united and working together. Mr. Kaweza also shared a video featuring our Founding Father, H.E. President Kenneth Kaunda in the early 1960s with the renowned ‘Tiyende Pamodzi’ anthem that spoke of the unity of the Zambian people.
Sticking with the ‘Celebrating Chipolopolo’ theme, ZANE’s Sports Director Mr. Paul Bulaya thanked ZANE-FC, (ZANE’s Football Club) for all their achievements this year.
A ‘Freedom Toast’ by Mr. Madaliso Kapopo then followed, toasting Zambia’s 48 years of freedom from colonial rule. The Independence Celebration ended with the crowd dancing the night away.
Happy 48th Independence Zambia!
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