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James Mwape Research (direct and indirect methods were used to collect and analyse demographics data)

A special thanks to all those who participated. Published January 25, 2016.

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Demographic Analysis: At end of December 2015, there were 37, 645 (est.) Zambians living in America. Females were 53.4% (20,102) while 46.6 (17,543) were males. The racial make-up was 68,7% (about 25,862) native black Zambians, 24,1% (about 9,072) Zambians of Asian origins, 7.1% (about 2,673) mixed races of two or more races, and approximately 0.1% (about 38) white Zambians. There were 12 deaths in 2015 among Zambians. More than half or 55% (20, 705) are natural born American citizens of one or both Zambian born parents, of the remaining 45% (16,940), 69.1% (11,706) were naturalized American citizens, 27.8% (4,709) were permanent residents (Green Card holders), the rest 3.1% (525) were on visas.

Families: There were 26,340 households of which 55.2% had children under the age of 18 living at home, 44.3% were married couples living together, 38.0% had a female as head of household with no husband present and 17.7% were non-families or had left families in Zambia. The average household size was 2.8 and the average family size was 4.1.

Education: Approximately 43.9% (approx.16, 526) had graduate degrees, 37.4% (14,079) had 4-year undergraduate degree, another, 9.7% (3,652) had completed 2 year colleges, 6% (2,259) had high school certificates only and the rest, 3% (1,129), never completed their secondary education.

Careers: The majority (39.6%) of Zambian-Americans and Zambian residents in the US work in Healthcare sectors as Doctors, Nurses, Administrators, Scientists, Caregivers and in Education sectors (27.3%) as Educators (Professors / Teachers), Researchers, administrators etc. The banking, insurance and related financial industries employ about 22.4%, across the country.

Income: The median household income was $97,685 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,125). Men had a median income of $69,725 (+/- $2,791) compared to women $52,178 (+/- $2,873). The per capita income for the community was $41,432 (+/- $2,010).

Location: The majority (73.8%) live in large urban areas with a concentration in metropolitan cities of Albany, NY; Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas-Fort Worth, TX; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburg, PA, Phoenix, AZ; Richmond, VA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; and Washington, DC. The rest live in the suburban areas or cities in Midwestern states.

Founder's Word

We welcome you to the 8th Annual Mwape Peer Awards. As we look back six years ago, when we discussed the idea of starting Mwape Peer Awards as a family, it looks just like yesterday. Never did we imagine that 6 years later, this would grow globally to reach the heights at which it soars today. Over the years, we have been blessed by meeting and working with the best people, all of whom contributed greatly to our growth and success.

To everyone coming, we thank you for taking your time from your busy schedules to come and join us here in New York City, as we celebrate those among us, who are touching lives and making a difference in our communities. Your unrelenting efforts and support are the very soil, in which our organization spreads its roots, for that, we shall always be grateful. And we value your feedback; we are looking forward to hearing from you.

To our fantastic team, who have worked tirelessly for months to put this event together, we extend our utmost gratitude; you are the building blocks of Mwape Peer Awards.

Thank you.

Ruth & James Mwape
Founders/Executive Directors
New Jersey, USA 2/2015

Category Highlights


Bankers Award honoring an influential and inspirational individual in the banking sector.


Diplomat Award honoring a member of the diplomatic corps who has shown extra ordinary excellence in diplomacy.


Physician Award honoring clinical physician who consistently achieve high standards in the practice of medicine by finding innovative ways of delivering quality medical care despite budget constraints. Is looked upon as the role model by peers and a valuable resource.


Economist Award honoring an economist who combines academic recognition with active participation in public policy.


Teacher Award honoring exceptional men and women in the teaching profession. Good teachers are critical to a strong school system.


Engineering Award honoring exceptional achievement through innovation in any field of engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical, sanitation, water, chemical, etc.)


Entertainment Award honoring an outstanding entertainer in radio, TV and movie industry.


Entrepreneur Award honoring an outstanding individual not only for his/her superior ideas, but also for their clear potential to grow small businesses in their communities using available resource.


Lawyer Award celebrating the distinguished career of an individual whose world class practice and commitment to law is an inspiration to the rest of the legal profession.


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