Meet Bruce Chiboola, Guest on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz. ‘The Experience’ is our weekly radio show airing live on Zambezi 107.7 fm every Sunday night from 20.30-21.30 hrs and is a lively mixture of local and international music as well as chat with our Guest. We also give a social media update, as well as news of the UK and USA pop charts. Every week we give away a dinner for two with drinks at the lodge to a lucky listener who has been able to text us the name of the artist on our oldie of the week – usually a Zambian track selected by Milli Jam and Jay. On this show we also gave away a CD by Cleo Creations as a bonus!
Bruce told listeners that he was born, brought up and educated in Livingstone, completing his secondary education at St Raphael’s School in the city. After school he had joined Thompsons Lodges as a buyer. His passion is tourism and he now has his own consultancy company which, apart from managing Thompsons four lodges, is involved with micro-finance, property management as well as tours and car hire. Thompsons has a total of about 35 rooms and room rates vary from K150-K300 per room per night. (US$25-50). The micro finance side of the business provides short term loans to people in full time employment, underwritten by a firm guarantee from employers.
The music on the show was great. Our theme tune for 2014 is Avicii’s ‘Hey Brother’. We played tracks from GRL and The Script. Milli Jam and Jay chose recordings from Kantu ‘Koneki’ (‘pay first if you want a partner!’) As well as Mampi’s ‘Love Recipe’ (‘how to look after your man at home!’) Other tracks were from Sigma featuring Paloma Faith and Jeremih. My pick of the week was Ella Henderson’s latest ‘Yours’. Jay promised to feature the track in the coming week on his daily breakfast show on Zambezi 107.7 fm.
Bruce told listeners that he is still single and has a six year old son whom he greeted on air. He is a firm supporter of Manchester United – despite he said ‘their current poor form’! Although passionate about tourism this passion did not apparently stretch as far as doing the bungee jump from the bridge linking Zambia and Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls! He had however bravely tried the gorge swing. We took the chance to tell listeners about the Under The Spray Swim – latest activity at the Falls organized by Bundu Adventures. Music wise Bruce loves Zambian music, particularly Dandy Crazy and JK.
Asked where he would like to be and what he would like to be doing ten years’ from now, Bruce said he would like to have an expanded business that was international as well as Zambian. We thanked him for coming on the show and held him up as a great example to young Zambians as to what could be possible for school leavers with hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit!