Samba Yonga is an award winning journalist, communications specialist and cultural curator based in Lusaka, Zambia. She is co-founder of the Women’s History Museum of Zambia, established in 2017 with the mandate to research and restore African indigenous narratives, knowledge and 'living histories' focused on women.
The museum has collaborated with international museums and cultural organisations to identify indigenous African cultural heritage from Zambia and the African continent and is working to create digital platforms and tools to transition and provide access of this heritage to African and global publics in collaboration with source communities. The objective is to interrogate knowledge asymmetries created by colonial and obscured experiences and to investigate transformative methods of how it can impact the future of knowledge production in the museum and knowledge sectors.
She has curated exhibitions and written papers focused on indigenous African knowledge systems and narratives in Zambia and also for art spaces, museums and universities such as National Musuems of World Cultures in Sweden, Yale University in USA, Windybrow Centre in South Africa and many others.
Samba has been recognised as 100 most influential Africans by Quartz, New York, and one of 40 most influential Africans. She is also a Google Podcast Creator, TEDx Lusaka speaker and is a Museum Lab Fellow for 2022.
A graduate of the Evelyn Hone College School of Journalism, Samba also holds an MA in Transnational Communications and Global Media from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Samba Yonga has been a guest on 1 episode.
Episode 166: Indigenous Stories as Monuments and Narrative Activism with Samba Yonga
March 21st, 2023 | 46 mins 51 secs
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