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Reading: Meet – Captain Kgomotso Phatsima, one of the first female Military Pilots in the Botswana Defence Force.
Reading: Meet – Captain Kgomotso Phatsima, one of the first female Military Pilots in the Botswana Defence Force.

Meet – Captain Kgomotso Phatsima, one of the first female Military Pilots in the Botswana Defence Force.

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Meet - Captain Kgomotso Phatsima, one of the first female Military Pilots in the Botswana Defence Force.
Meet - Captain Kgomotso Phatsima, one of the first female Military Pilots in the Botswana Defence Force.

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Captain Kgomotso Phatsima is an inspiration to many. Hailing from a small village called Ledumadumane, located near Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, she went from walking barefoot to school to becoming one of the first female Military Pilots in the Botswana Defence Force. With a Bachelor of Education Science in Mathematics and Physics and a Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Management from the University of Derby, she also holds a Commercial Pilot Licence from Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana, and a Basic Military Flying from the Flying Training School (Botswana Defence Force).

Kgomotso was driven to pursue her dream of flying from an early age, and that same dream led her to found Dare to Dream, a social enterprise dedicated to the advancement of young women and girls in STEM Aviation and Aerospace as well as Entrepreneurship development skills.

“I started Dare To Dream to inspire the next generation, more especially girls and those who grew up in the village like me,” she said. “We use the POWER OF FLIGHT to ignite dreams, to celebrate passion, and give the upcoming generation a sense of purpose in their education.”

Captain Kgomotso Phatsima proves that with dedication and determination, anything is possible.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.
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