Kwishilya

Zambia

PMC produces Kwishilya (“Over the Horizon”) in Zambia. This 156 episode radio show airs from January 2019 to July 2020 in Bemba, one of Zambia’s official languages.

Kwishilya will release 2 new episodes a week, with additional reruns for each new episode. It will air on various community stations in the Muchinga, Luapoula, and Central Provinces. Bemba was selected as it is the most widely spoken and understood in the areas of broadcasting.

This show is meant to address adolescent reproductive health, education, child marriage, HIV/AIDS, family planning, and gender-based violence.

As with all PMC shows, Kwishilya was created using PMC’s methodology. 


Making a Difference

It is too soon to know the full impact Kwishilya will have. The goal of the show is to address and create awareness around education, child marriage, reproductive health and rights, maternal and child health, and gender based violence.  

Project Information

Title: Kwishilya (“Over the Horizon”)
Format: Radio Show
Location: Zambia
Language: Bemba
Duration: January 2019 – July 2020 

Administrative Staff:
Country Representative: Charles Kalonga
Deputy Representative: Eric Chiyombwe
Financial Officer: Rabecca Sinyangwe
Marketing & Communications Officer: Mwaka Namwinga
Administrative Assistant: Natasha Mwansa
Driver: 
Moses Mapundu

Creative Staff:
Producer: Bridget Muvunda
Studio Technician: Patrick Chongo
Head Writer: Chengo Musakanya

 

Storylines


Chomba Bweupe Chaibela Jr. aka CBC Danger's Story

Chomba Bweupe Chaibela Jr., aka  “CBC Danger”, is a charismatic 25-year-old man from the village of Chaibela. CBC Danger is troubled because he must deal with the pressures of living up to his father’s legacy. In the village of Chaibela, having more children is associated with having a higher social status. If CBC Danger wants to live up to his father’s legacy, he must forego his methods of family planning to ensure he will have children. However, CBC Danger’s elder sister, Nachilindi, has an opposing view as she knows the dangers of not using family planning methods and warns CBC Danger of his risks. What will ‘CBC Danger’ do? Will he succumb to this pressure or listen to Nachilindi?

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Musonda's Story

Musonda is a quiet 16-year-old girl. She once lived in a rural village, and thus it has taken her a while to get up to speed with the fast life of the big city in Mwendapole. Musonda is in school and although she is not the smartest, she is still a good student. Musonda’s parents divorced when she was very young, which has caused difficulty in developing a good relationship with her father. Musonda is faced with hard times but she has a good friend, Chanda, to look out for her. Will it be enough to keep her from the preying predatory eyes of KK Kaps?

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Katoloshi's Story

Katoloshi Chimbafwile was born in 1990 in the Peri-Urban city of Pupwe Chulu. Katoloshi is an impressionable married man with a two-faced mother, Bana Kalulete, who tries to impose her own ideals into her son’s home. Katoloshi’s mother believes she is correct about the traditional ways of marriage, but when Katoloshi’s marriage hits a rough patch will he follow her ways or will he look to his happily married friend, Chileshe, for help?

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Mwenya's Story

Mwenya is a 20-year-old young and naive woman who just got married in the village of Chilye. Her busy husband is rarely home, meaning she must take care of her home and build the family by herself. As if that wasn’t enough, Chilye has a mother-in-law scrutinizing her every move. Fortunately, Chilye has a good friend in Chupo, who helps her through her hard times.

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