“At its core, this is a simple tale of

a young boy finding his voice while

growing up in a country that

was finding its feet.”

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Finding My Voice is an engaging autobiographical account of the intriguing journey a Zambian-born young man who ventured on to become one of the most celebrated voiceover artists in Africa. Chilu Lemba’s compelling coming-of-age story offers readers an insider’s view of not only his hardships and victories but also Zambia’s during the ’80s and ’90s. His written voice is as distinctive as his verbal voice – authentic, expressive, funny and thought-provoking. It is the personal and honest reflection of a life lived as a mischievous child, an actor, a music writer and performer, a radio presenter, a radio station manager and finally, a voice.

Reader Impressions

An undistilled coming-of-age story, Finding My Voice is as raw as it is sincere, a narrative that contrasts the author’s own experience as much as it offers glimpses into the changing landscape that formed him. It is an unabashed, hard-hitting, blow-by-blow account that takes the reader on a journey through the blissful naivety of youth to the sobriety of experience brought on much too soon in life.

For some, this is a nostalgic walk through the times of Zambia from the chaotic austerity of the ’80s to the heady promise of capitalism in the ’90s. For all, it is a fitting exposé of light and shade that moves the reader from scenes of hopelessness to the spirit of resolve and triumph both for the country and the young man who would rise from unforgiving circumstances to become one of Africa’s most recognisable voices.

Max Williams

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It’s well written, entertaining and inspiring read. I love the authentic feel, getting a glimpse at the author’s experience of growing up in Zambia and the insight into how he’s successful career began. This is the kind of story I’d love to see more of.

Jodi Rogers

Amazing! I’m glad I switched to Audio and I was able to listen to the writer tell his life story. Brought back so many memories as we grew up in the same era. What an amazing story! Great read, I hope hope you write a few more books.


Very rarely does a book allow me to recall so many wonderful memories! Thank you for sharing your personal journey, your funny moments had me laughing on my own, but more importantly reminded me of keeping faith, staying strong and always being grateful even when things aren’t going as planned. 
You are resilient and it has been a true PLEASURE to see you doing what you enjoy! I hope there will be more books soon!!


Fantastic story of the journey from boy to man. Inspiring and honest

T Parkinson

I really really enjoyed this! I was sucked into the tale of a mischievous boy and his family. Chilu painted a vivid picture of the landscape, the characters and his journey of navigating through it all. My only complaint is that he set things up for the sequel without letting us know when we can expect it.


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