Bupe (Lughano) Kabaghe is a sophomore from Kitwe, Zambia. She is passionate about leadership, gender equality, politics, and youth development. Kabaghe is working with Rev. Robert Dowd in the political science department as her faculty adviser. Together they will be working on a research project on women’s political participation in African countries. Their research will seek to understand the attitudes, trends and patterns in women’s engagement in politics and civil society drawing on the factors that influence these.
During the summer of 2021, Kabaghe worked with the University of Denver in a study on youth political participation in Zambia. She collected and entered data on the behavior of youth towards civil engagement following a WhatsApp civic education course and observed and analyzed the political environment leading up to the historic August 12th presidential and local government elections in Zambia. She also conducted various youth empowerment projects for her non-governmental organization, Abana Afrika Foundation, which seeks to empower the next generation of Zambian youth through college mentorship, entrepreneurial leadership and personal development.
Kabaghe is a Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and a board member for the African Students Association.