In today’s rapidly evolving landscape of digital payments in Africa, the role of a senior software engineer has become pivotal in driving innovation and shaping our digital world. Behind every seamless user experience, groundbreaking application, or complex system lies the expertise and vision of these brilliant minds.
This pacesetter article highlights one of our senior software engineers, who has mastered crafting efficient and robust code and is part of a team that has guided the success of Cellulant. From navigating intricate algorithms to inspiring collaboration and fostering creativity, these professionals are at the forefront of transforming concepts into reality.
Meet Dalitso Mbewe, who joined Cellulant five years ago as an implementation engineer. He shares his inspiring journey, exploring his expertise and accomplishments. He also highlights the challenges he has conquered in the multifaceted nature of their role and their profound impact on shaping innovations in digital payments technologies.
Tell us about yourself.
I am Dalitso Mbewe, a senior software engineer at Cellulant in Zambia. I completed my Bachelor of Computer Science at the University of Zambia. After graduating while still looking for a stable job, I became a freelancer by writing code for different businesses at a cost.
After a year of freelancing and searching for a job, I found an opportunity at Cellulant. I joined the business in 2018 as an Implementation Engineer, and five years later, I am still part of the fantastic team as a Senior Software Engineer.
Aside from coding and contributing to the growth of the Zambia payments landscape, I like reading, watching classic movies, and lifting weights. I also enjoy watching rap battles and old WWE wrestling matches. I have a diverse taste in music ranging from Jay-Z, Nas, and Slaughterhouse to Queen, Imagine Dragons, and a few Adele songs. Not a fan of mumble rappers, and I can’t stand most of these new types of hip-hop, but currently my favorite African artist is Arya Star. Also, its my dream to learn how to play a musical instrument, a sax to be more specific.
Interesting that you like rap kind of music. How is Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe, aka “Arya Star,” your favorite Artist?
As someone with diverse musical tastes, Ayra Star has been the latest addition to a list of the different genres I listen to. Her afro-beat songs and her writing skills are commendable, and my favorite thing about her is how she has turned bad experiences into relatable pieces. One song that I like from her is called Rush.
Where would you go and why if you could go anywhere?
Maui is known for its stunning landscapes and beautiful beaches and the fact that it is the second-largest Hawaiian island and a popular tourist destination. I would like to experience life there and what the destination offers.
What could that be if you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life?
Rice with beans and chicken. What I like about the meal is that it combines different flavors and has a healthy nutritional balance.
Now let us delve into your Cellulant journey.
What drives you?
As a problem solver, I thrive on tackling complex challenges and generating revenue. I take pride in being a team player who collaborates with others, from sales to software engineers, to transform innovations of digital payment technology ideas into functional systems that deliver tangible results for the organization.
How did you know about Cellulant, and what attracted you to Cellulant?
When my friend John Lusumpa told me about a job opening at Cellulant, I was immediately intrigued. As he described his role and the company’s mission, I became increasingly interested in exploring this opportunity further. I was excited about joining such a dynamic company that is critical in expanding digital payments in Africa. I was eager to learn more about how I could contribute to its success.
What is the one problem you are solving for clients?
Amongst other problems I solve, the main one has been ensuring we still give our clients the best experience of our services, from banks to merchants, mainly through integrations.
Today as I reflect on my journey thus far. I have realized how much I have grown personally and professionally over the past years. The Zambia market has also gradually transformed into how it is today—powering digital payments through Tingg by Cellulant is now the talk of the town.
What makes you believe Tingg is the talk of the town in Zambia?
Earlier this year, we got recognition during the Tech Trends Zambia Awards. This very prestigious technology award ceremony recognizes and celebrates individuals and companies that have made significant contributions to the digital ecosystem in Zambia by using technology to provide products and services. Tingg by Cellulant emerged as the best payment aggregator, beating our competitors.
What has been your most rewarding moment?
Deploying the bank-to-wallet applications in Zambia and seeing how the funds’ transfer business has grown in Zambia.
Who has been the most significant influence in your career & why?
Chalemela Sakala and Gilbert Lungu. They gave me a chance to be part of the company and saw my capabilities and skills and the opportunity to grow. Not only that, I made sure to be and do my best so they know they made the right choice with me, and that has allowed me to grow and stay focused on delivering the best results.
What do you love most about working at Cellulant?
The diversity that comes with working for a pan-African company. Interacting with people from different countries and different cultures because it is an enriching experience. It has allowed me to broaden my perspective, learn about different ways of life, and develop a deeper understanding of the world.
What Cellulant value does the team resonate with more
Customer Delight, Whatever It Takes. The value resonates with me more because, with a customer-centric mindset, I must commit to delivering excellent software solutions that meet and exceed customer expectations. In turn, unlocking the potential of business in Africa through innovative digital payments technologies.
How do you want people to remember you?
I want people to remember me as someone who positively impacted the world, no matter how small. I also hope to be recognized for my creative pursuits, commitment to personal growth and lifelong learning, and positive community contributions.
What do you do during your spare time to relax?
I spend most of my free time chilling with family or going out with my mates.
In your own words, what does Cellulant want to do in Africa, and why is that inspirational for you?
To be the number one digital payments company in Africa and beyond. Quite inspirational because I want to be part of the team that delivers that.
All is well that ends well.