Glenda Puteho McCoo Wina has a long and close relationship with the people and the nation of Zambia. She arrived in Lusaka from her home town of Los Angeles in 1963, the year before Independence, in what was then the Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia, to marry the Honorable Sikota Wina. He was a leader of the United National Independence Party (UNIP) and Parliamentary Secretary in the first majority-elected government.
Like her husband, Mrs. Wina was also a journalist. She wrote freelance articles for several foreign newspapers, including the Times of London. She then became a reporter for the Northern Star, a national weekly newspaper headquartered in Lusaka, and advanced to become Editorial Page co-Editor and Women’s Page Editor. When Mr. Wina became Minister of Local Government, she went into government service as Production Officer in the Zambia National Tourist Bureau, responsible for national and international advertising and promotions. As planned, she stepped aside after a few years to allow a qualified Zambian to be promoted to the position.
In the private sector, she started her own public relations and freelance journalism firm, where she edited and interviewed on economic subjects for Television Zambia. She wrote regularly for the Northern Review, a national business magazine based on the Copperbelt. She then joined the board of directors of International Advertising and Promotions, Ltd., formed by her brother-in-law, the Honorable Arthur Wina, and other investors.Not long after her arrival in Lusaka, the idea of establishing a twinning or sister city relationship with the city of Los Angeles began to be discussed. She became an enthusiastic supporter of a special relationship between her two home towns. The relationship was formalized in May, 1968.
In 1971 Mrs. Wina returned to Los Angeles with her daughter, Mpambo. She became the first African-American news anchorwoman with a network owned and-operated television station in Los Angeles, KNXT, and one of the first specialist reporter-editors in health and science subjects in a major market, and won numerous awards and honours.
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