PRINCE Harry’s upcoming visit highlights the great progress we have made over the years in supporting the growth of entrepreneurs in Zambia, says BongoHive co-founder and executive director Lukonga Lindunda. And British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet says Prince Harry is assured a “warm Zambian welcome” during his first official visit to Lusaka next Monday.
BongoHive, Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub, is among several institutions that Prince Harry is scheduled to tour during his two-day visit. The company provides a range of start-up and tech programmes, workshops and events all focused on making Zambia Africa’s next hotbed of innovation.
Lindunda said BongoHive was humbled to be among organisations the Prince would tour.
“We hope this visit creates even more opportunities for entrepreneurs in Zambia,” said Lindunda.
And in a press release announcing the Prince’s visit, High Commissioner Cochrane-Dyet said the Duke of Sussex takes a special interest in Southern Africa and his visit would celebrate the historic relations that exist between the United Kingdom and Zambia.
According to the official programme, Prince Harry, 34 is scheduled to meet President Edgar Lungu to discuss Zambia’s World War I centenary commemorations, the UK’s support to Zambian peacekeeping troops, and conservation issues.
“During his stay, The Duke will meet young people and key figures working in the conservation sector, surviving veterans and widows of veterans, as well as people in youth empowerment programmes at Circus Zambia and BongoHive,” reads the press release.
Founded by Gift Chansa and friends from Chibolya compound, Circus Zambia equips young people from vulnerable backgrounds across Lusaka with life skills while providing educational and employment opportunities.
The Duke is also expected to attend an event for The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, of which he is president. The Commonwealth Trust champions, funds and connects young leaders who are leading social purpose ventures around the world by giving them a platform that shares and amplifies their ideas.
“While in Zambia, The Duke will also attend a board meeting for African Parks, of which he is president,” reads the statement. African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on direct responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities.