It’s been a while since we last posted on the blog, see FB-page for more information on why.
Today we went to see our friend Brighton Mukupa Kaoma, a fellow Johannes met through social media a few months back.
Brighton has been mentioned before on this blog as a student at the University of Zambia involved in all sorts of extracurricular projects.
So, today, we met up with Bright. Our day started with him showing us around campus and then we had some breakfast. After a quick bowl of corn flakes we found ourselves in a car on our way to a group of pupils, whom, like Brighton – loves brainstorming combined with some enjoyable dance-exercises.
Apart from the useful brakes of dancing, highly relevant topics of importance were brought to the table from different participants. Two eminent subjects was HIV-testing from a mobile service and a platform for the adolescent generation to raise their voices called U-report and voicesofyouth.org respectively. Serious matters started a lot of discussions e.g only 48 % out of the applicants were women. 48 % vs. 52% doesn’t seem alarming I know, what is not included in those numbers are that in Zambia annually 27000 persons between 18-24 years are exposed to the disease and the number of women is a lot higher.
Finding such a cool group of ambitious young people was truly a treat. To sit in, listen to what they had to say and this finding out more about the culture of Zambia and getting to know the people on a whole new level I feel is genuinely important when making a documentary.