Imbusa objects, sometimes referred to as sacred emblems are unique masterpieces of art and education, embedded in the indigenous way of life of the Northern Zambia, employed to venerate aspect of growing up.

Mbusa therefore, is an educational institution, a collection of artistic expressions, a pack of interactive teaching aids aimed at transforming a young person into an independent and responsible member of the community. Imbusa creates an opportunity for a young person to be tested and proved capable of handling challenges pertaining to critical areas of life. Today, Imbusa is not only the preserve of the people of Northern Zambia. With the rapid urbanization and consequent interaction of peoples, Imbusa has become a generic educational institution engaged at different levels of life.

The syllabus of each class of imbusa, differs in content and character and the lessons are handled by Ifimbusa (teachers of imbusa). In addition, imbusa are also employed in teachings pertaining to HIV/AIDS. In some certain quarters, this has been referred to as 'traditional counseling on HIV/AIDS'. Imbusa mu kalale is a collaborative programme between Lusaka National Museum and Chalilubemba Cultural Institute for Research and Development.

The objectives of this public programme are:

  • To promote the good practices of traditional education through imbusa, to target audiences.
  • To promote the link between traditional and modern education on sexuality and HIV/AIDS through imbusa.
  • To document the changing aspects of imbusa in town.
  • To conduct imbusa to girls who have come of age, young couples intended for marriage and married couples.
  • To conduct Zambian traditional teachings, in collaboration with other traditions, to children.

Sessions are conducted at Lusaka National Museum on the following days and time:

Monday: 09:00-16:30Hrs

Wednesday: 09:00-16:30Hrs Friday: 09:00-16:30Hrs

*Saturdays/last Friday of the month: Special arrangements have to be made Note: Bookings must be made in advance 2 weeks before the actual date.

Last modified on Monday, 09 February 2015
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  • Comment Link Chiti Nseluka Chiti Nseluka Tuesday, 21 February 2017

    Good morning. Does your library house actual traditions of the various Zambian people (not commentaries and/or stories) in themselves. I believe that commentaries and stories would come in to elaborate that which has been defined. Kind regards.

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