Celebrating African Women in Aviation – Amanda Kandawire

For Amanda Kandawire-Khoza, flying aircraft has been her dream ever since she first flew as a passenger at the age of five.  In the 13 years of flying as a licensed pilot, she has clocked hours in the cockpits of SA Express, South African Airways, and has moved to Dubai-based Emirates where she became the first black South African woman to fly an A380 plane.

A self-taught digital illustrator, she also created the podcast cover art for She Brigade, a platform women use to share their stories of triumph.  Amanda Kandawire-Khoza was part of the 100 Brightest Young Minds SA in 2014 and was the recipient of the CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Woman in Aviation in 2018/19.

We were humbled and honored to have Amanda as a Guest Speaker at the 4-day Avi-STEM Camp in Nairobi, Kenya, where she got to share her experiences and life story with the learners. The learners were left inspired and motivated to one day reach for their dreams as she had.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she founded two businesses, Layover Art, where she creates art-curated products and handmade earrings, as well as Fly Like a Girl, which aims to expose children to the wonderful world of aviation through the use of educational toys.

Amanda is indeed a role model for the youth in Africa.


Kenya Aviation & STEM Camp Registrations Are Now Open!

‼️Use the Registration link or email us on avistem@fegne.org

If you’re looking for an exciting aviation or STEM programme THIS CAMP IS FOR YOU!
Not only will you be introduced to aviation and STEM fields, you’ll get to meet and interact with the professionals in the fields you are interested in.

This is a wholesome camp prepared to inspire you and better equip you for the future.

ALA aims to encourage the advancement of Aviation & STEM careers amongst young girls and women as well as raise honorable African leaders. How? By hosting week – long Aviation – STEM Camps to expose youth to the various opportunities within Aviation and STEM fields.

Over the course of 4 days, learners go through the following in a boarding style environment;

Manned Aviation

Introduction to world of aviation, the various careers that are available, educational requirements, scholarships available, mentorship organizations, and personal stories from industry professionals.

Unmanned Aviation

Introduction to Drone Education and how it is connected to STEM. Learners will also get a chance to learn how to fly a drone.

STEM Workshops

Workshops will show how Aviation and STEM are connected and the benefits of taking these subjects while in school and how they can benefit on a career level. Learners also get to fly a flight simulator.


Aviation companies and schools will be present to showcase their incredible works and inspire learners.

Leadership Program: We Want To Create An Environment That Influences, Raises, And Strengthens Future African Leaders In Aviation And STEM.

Remember space is limited!

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