Chiluba Musonda was born in Lusaka, Zambia in 1986 and came to the United States as an international student in 2004 at the age of eighteen. He earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2012, he earned the Stanley Fisher Memorial Award. This award is given annually to outstanding graduate and undergraduate public administration students attending academic institutions in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
The book entitled Home Away from Home is Chiluba’s first published work and is a four year project in the making. It is inspired by his life-altering journey from southern Africa to the Midwest in the United States. Chiluba has been described as an individual who has a great sense of humor and always sees the lighter side of life. He also has a passion for soccer, a game he helps coach in his spare time, and also volunteers in his community by giving presentations about Africa to community groups.
His writing style has been described by his peers and book reviewers as “honest, open, self-reflective, and uplifting.” The basic theme of this personal memoir is to not only discuss the challenges that international students in the U.S. face, but more importantly, to illuminate the power of perseverance.
Chiluba currently works and resides in Kansas City, Missouri and his family lives in Zambia, the place that he calls home away from home.