Thandiwe Chama

Thandiwe Chama is a young educational rights activist in Zambia, most known for winning the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2007 at the age of sixteen. Thandiwe’s efforts include ensuring that every child has access to education and actively fighting for the welfare and rights of those living with HIV and AIDS.

Illustration by Johnny Selman

Zambia

Zambian art has historically been created for functional or ceremonial purposes, using raw materials and colors that reflect the natural environment. Craftsmen in Southern Zambia are renowned for their skill in basket weaving. Thandiewe’s portrait is inspired by Tonga baskets from the region. They are made from the Ilala palm and often feature a lightning pattern.

Total Area
752,618 km2 (39th)

Demonym
Zambian

Government
Unitary Presidential Republic

Population
15,880,441 (69th)

Capital
Lusaka

GDP (PPP)
$4,616 per capita