Gaella Kabeya grew up in Lusaka, Zambia and started school at the age of five. She was a high-achieving student from the beginning of her schooling. She won a Kucetekela Foundation scholarship and was the best student in the selection exams. While at Leopards Hill Secondary School, she was a powerful, outspoken student who motivated her peers to work hard and won many academic and co-curricular activities awards. She was a leader of many school clubs such as debate, sports, science club and consequently was selected as Entertainment Prefect. She also participated in international programs such as The Global Service Summit, Model United Nations and Teen Vision Trust Leadership Conferences.
My name is Gaella, a proud alumni of Kucetekela Foundation, Leopards Hill Secondary School in Lusaka, The African Leadership Academy and The University of Rochester, where I graduated this year with a Bachelor of Science degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
Over the years, my interests and passions have changed, but have always focused on developing my home country of Zambia. At the moment, I’m interested in improving the customer experience for consumers in Lusaka through experiential marketing. Some of the challenges I run into every day in Lusaka with regards to consumer products and services are poor customer service and a lack of information about products and services. It is difficult to access information about any products and services before buying. I am still figuring out all the pieces that I need to effectively solve these problems, but the strong education I received at the University of Rochester is helping me on my way there.
I moved back to Zambia right after graduation because I wanted to be closer to my family; I’ve always had this deep rooted conviction that Zambia is where I will make it. I am just starting my journey to the big leagues, I hope I make it there sooner rather than later. Right now, is a time of mixed emotions for me, the most prominent are confusion and excitement.; confusion because I’m still trying to figure out what is next for me moving forward and excitement because I have so much to choose from and learn every day.
I believe it is a wonderful time to alive because of the new opportunities that I see around me every day. I feel very lucky to be a part of KF, to have been given many great opportunities of education and life at large. After six years of learning outside of my home country, I am happy to be back in Zambia and look forward to making meaningful social impact.