Chisoma Lombe is the Past Vice-Chairperson on the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) board. She also sits as Board Director on the board of Great North Credit.
Chisoma is the Founder and Chairperson of a movement called 'My Zambia My Responsibility', it is a platform built to promote positive conversations, highlight local successes and, connect Zambians at home and in the diaspora. MZMR aims to provoke positive attitudes and promote a sense of Ubuntu among Zambians.
The ‘My Zambia, My Responsibility’ Initiative is designed to help in the mindset change of the citizens of Zambia using 3 pillars:
-Opening them up to the social and economic gaps in the nation
-Encouraging them to take their space to help close those gaps.
-Provide linkages into necessary available markets.
The initiative is a national movement seeking to end the notion that our guardians, our organizations, and our governments are responsible for our welfare, but that each individual is actually responsible for themselves. The initiative believes that when each Zambian takes responsibility in their space, they are actually taking responsibility for Zambia.
Ms. Lombe is passionate about Fashion and Design. She is the President and Creative Designer of chizÓ. chizÓ seeks to develop and showcase its works throughout Africa and the world, with the emphasis on forging international strategic partnerships. chizÓ is a high-end brand but there's also a Diffusion collection by chizÓ called zÓmi.
Chisoma, a Chartered Accountant and Fellow with the ACCA, retired from the position of 'Head of Finance' to pursue her passion for Fashion and Design in June 2014. Chisoma says she is driven by her passion for exquisite style. Chisoma also has an 'Executive MBA in Leadership and Wealth Creation' and an 'Honorary Doctorate'.
"My own life has been transformed; the evolution to get to this stage has been wonderful". She believes that she is not just blessed but that she is blessed to be a blessing. She worked in the NGO world for over 10 years and was naturally groomed to be an Activist; to be a voice for the voiceless. She hopes to use the platform as a Designer to bring real developmental change to Africa.
What's about to come in the future is what drives her to put in her best. For chizÓ, the future has just begun. "In the next five years, I see the chizÓ brand without any limits; having achieved the vision it set out for itself; expand the vision to other territories by God’s help”.
A very affable person, Chisoma is determined to inspire young ladies to be all they can be. She has taken young ladies with potential and mentored them. "I believe people come across your path for a reason”.
ChizÓ Designs personify comprehensive glamour by offering an intrinsic fashion sense, all-round style, and understanding of what looks and feels beautiful. Interwoven with her sense of luxury, her magnificent designs are developed with a modern artistic touch. Her collections evoke an ethereal quality, which appeals to a discerning clientele, including personalities, royals, and style-setting people not only in Zambia but beyond at the same time appealing to anyone with or without the fashion sense. Her work can be described as elegant and impeccable. Her collections feature precisely constructed designs ranging from understated fashionable to decorative. They are distinctly modern but marked by rich color, lush fabrics, playful patterns, and flawless construction in an African way that celebrate the essence of her rich heritage and her unbiased appreciation of the Indian Sherwani. Through the use of traditional, luxury fabrics, skins mixed prints, etc, Chisoma Lombe and ChizÓ Designs achieve the highest quality of fashion design euphoria. Gianni Versace was definitely speaking about Chisoma Lombe when he said "Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live”