Allan Rice Shawa joined Chongwe at the start of 2010 as a manager. His wife is general manager Florence Mulenga Shawa. And like Florence, the move to the bush was a huge challenge, but one which he does not regret. Allan has a background in the hospitality industry, having been the operations manager of the Chainama Hotel in Lusaka as well as working in management positions at the Gosforth Park Turf Club in Germiston, South Africa, and the Garden Hotel and Hotel Intercontinental in Lusaka.
He has a diploma in hotel management and a diploma in his other passion - sport coaching - which he received at the Semmelweis University Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science in Hungary. Allan specialises in basketball, a sport in which he excels as both a coach and player.
“I miss it,” he says. “But I plan to start a community programme in the local Chiawa community, teaching local children the intricacies of the sport.