Meeting the President during Gap Year Work Experience by Mutinta

By Mutinta Mubita, KF Class of 2017

The year came to an end and I had just completed secondary school. The question of every school-leaver rang! “What next?”

With the help of KF, I was offered an internship at BookWorld and was later given a job as a cashier. This was a massive change, because with each passing day, I became a new person. The different types of people I worked with pushed me into changing my thinking and how I view things. From them, I learnt that you can’t make people think like you, but you can put everyone’s thoughts together and reach your goals as a team.

Martin, a KF graduate of 2017, with his team at BookWorld.

Meeting different customers with different personalities meant I always had to change my approach towards each and every person that walked into the shop. During this time, I met people like Pompi (the gospel artist), Former Bank of Zambia Governor, Mr. Fundanga, Honorable Peter N. Mangande, and the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

Meeting the President was very exciting, and I couldn’t believe that I was seeing him in front of me. One thing I learnt from him was the culture of reading. He said, “The problem we have in Zambia is that people don’t read.” He bought all the Zambian writers’ books. This is what he always does when he passes by.

Mutinta takes a selfie with President Edgar Chagwa Lungu

After a long one year and two months of working, it is now time to go back to school and pursue my career. Being accepted into National Resources Development College (NRDC) to study Agricultural Engineering is one of the biggest achievements for any person interested in agriculture.

People ask me questions like, “Why agriculture?” My answer is simple: “Agriculture is the future.” Sometimes we don’t need to give long answers for us to be heard. All of this was made possible by KF. Thank you.