Mwangala Maunga is an award-winning whiz-kid who hails from Lusaka, Zambia. At 12 years old, she invented a solar water purifier to provide clean water for dwellers in both rural and urban areas. The innovation was borne out of the prevalence of waterborne diseases in her country.
In 2018, Mwangala received an award for being the best inventor in the Science and Technology category at the DStv Africa MultiChoice – Cartoon Network Powerpuff Girls’ Awards.
She was the youngest recipient of the Brenda Muntemba Award as an (Emerging Young African Leader) at the PUSH WOMEN AWARDS.
She was also the youngest and only Zambian speaker at the Virtual International Youth Day featuring the Youngest Deputy Minister of Information and Technology in Namibia, Hon. Emma Theofelus and other Directors from African Union (AU)& UNICEF in August 2020
Mwangala was awarded an SDG badge of honour, courage and bravery and work in the fight against cyberbullying by the UNDP Country Resident Representative in December 2020. In December 2021, she was named the Youngest STEM Change Maker at the Genius Education Zambia Awards.
She pioneered an organization to continue her advocacy roles and empower female child called 2021 in 2021.