“Never be afraid of your dreams and taking a different path for that’s where true life bliss comes from”
Edith Sampa Chiliboy
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which could be actually true especially now with easy access to information. We could all agree that pictures actually have been speaking to us. A picture is indeed worth a thousand words. It allows us to capture and feel the moment like we are present.
Every single picture tells a unique story from the perspective of, not only the creative, but also the viewer.
This is a story about Edith chiliboy, a freelance photographer.
Tell us about your work so far?
I am a full freelance photographer who has done two collaborative exhibitions with various photographers and visual artists
Where do you live?
I am based in Chalala Lusaka, Zambia
What’s the favorite thing about what you do?
I get pose time and paint a moment that will last forever in visual form
Do you think you influence people and what can you do to inspire young people in Zambia?
I think so far yes I have had a few individuals that have come to me and say they would love to learn what I do , besides the individuals that feel brave enough to finally follow their dreams no matter how scary it is. I would say the only way to inspire youths is for me to keep going and growing with every chance I get so I could share my knowledge with those that need it as well encourage them. i am also looking forward to employing a few youths and helping them grow their skills and confidence.
What’s the one thing you cannot go a day without doing?
I need to dance randomly in the streets especially when no one is watching
What is your favorite place in Zambia and which Zambian people inspire you?
I haven’t found one yet because their so many places that mean a lot to me. But for now its my studio that is my place, i create from there, I can only think of one. Sister D, her music has always made me want to do more in life.
Given a chance which one thing would you change about Zambia?
The attitude we have towards our own abilities to do great things based on traditional beliefs.
Would you please share with a us a typical Edith day, how is it like?
A typical day would be me waking up to for a jog then come back to my bed to take a short nap then wake up to do my house chores , then get to my studio to work on new things, play with my nephew, then later when the sun is down take a walk to refresh and dance in the empty streets)
Lets go back to when you were 10 years old, what advice would you give little Edith?
I would tell the 10 year old me to not listen to the negative talks that I will be given towards my dreams and to not stop questioning everything she is told about how a woman is to behave and to ignore the talks of being trained to be a perfect woman for a man rather than be the person she desires to be for she is built for more than just being a typical traditional woman who a man desires and society accepts plus that the jewelry she makes out of any raw material she gets her hand is not witchcraft but creativity and girls that can dance do not end up as video vixens or strippers.
How do you want people to remember you?
As the one that always tried hard to be a better person and helped others become who they desire to be.
What are some causes you are passionate about and What are you do aside from your work?
I don’t know if this is a cause but one thing am passionate about in life is cultivating talents and skills in individuals or helping people create more. I love to create earrings , dance listen to music and travel aside my work
What publications have you regularly read and what are your favorite books?
I am not so much of a full time reader but my favorite book would be “the alchemist”
What would be your personal motto?
I was not built for a regular life
Lastly what advice can you give the young people today?
To never be afraid of their dreams and taking a different path for that’s where true life bliss comes from.
By Kantumoya Derrick Mpaka
Edited Dalisto Kasonde
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