Women have for centuries, been excluded and denied of being who they desire to be. For many, many years, especially in this part of the world, being a female kind of imply you’re by default, programmed not to desire certain things. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the famous Nigerian novelist observed this, and penned; “we do a much greater disservice to girls…We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful…”
Chipo Matimba and Elizabeth Simbi, just like most of the every other girl child in Africa, must have been told in a way or the other, that greatness is not required of them. They however, must have been very vast in knowledge to understand that life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. They took on a path that have never been trodden by any of their kind in the country, and are now celebrated for their uncommon feat.
The Herald reported that history was made as “two Air Zimbabwe female pilots Captains Chipo Matimba and Elizabeth Simbi Petros became the first pilots to fly a Boeing 737 from Harare to Victoria Falls in the country’s first ever all-female flight deck crew.”
The smiles on their face is apparently advising the African societies and the parents, and it’s undeniably saying: “aren’t we cool? Don’t prepare your female children to be just wives parents, stop teaching them marriage is the best thing that can happen to them, stop restricting their dreams, do all that and they will be cool and celebrated like us.”
Meanwhile, the pictures above were shared by Chipo, I beg your pardon, Captain Chipo on her Facebook page where she stated that “history has been made! First all female flight deck crew on the Air Zimbabwe Boeing 737! Two CAPTAINS!! Absolute pleasure Captain…”