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Today’s Woman Chipo Matimba

Hellen Venganai

By Hellen Venganai

The #6th woman I am celebrating as we countdown to #IWD2021 is our very own Captain Chipo M Matimba.

I am yet to meet this great woman in person but am happy and privileged that I get to interact with her on Facebook.

I get very motivated by women who make it in male dominated fields because they show us that you can be what you want to become.

Wearing a dress or skirt should not be a barrier. Did you know that Captain Chipo was the #1st woman to successfully complete a pilot training course in the Airforce of Zimbabwe?

In 1998, she received an award for her achievement as the #1st female combat pilot. She also graduated as the #1st female flying instructor.

Most of you would also remember that in November 2015, Captain Chipo, together with Captain Elizabeth Simbi Petros flew the country’s #1st ever all-female flight deck crew from Harare to Vic Falls.

That was when she was still with Air Zimbabwe before she joined #Fastjet.

Now, how many times have I said she has been first? Isn’t is just fabulous!?

Will just call her Captain First. Without doubt, she has paved way for women in the aviation industry.

I have a couple of documentaries about female pilots and have watched them over and over.

Just for you to understand why I am so inspired by this woman: 97% of all commercial pilots in the world are male.

Which means ONLY 3% ARE WOMEN! And our own Chipo is among that 3%.

If that doesn’t excite you, then I don’t know what else does. She leads from the skies but still finds time to be super mom on touchdown.

It doesn’t matter that she is a Liverpool fan: At least she excels in her own field. Being on the plane she is piloting is on my bucket list.

I just have to make sure that Liverpool will not be playing when I make that trip. PLEASE join me in celebrating Captain #1st

Robert Tapfumaneyi