Lucy Banda Sichone (2015) by Deirdre Saunder. Courtesy of the Rhodes Trust.
Lucy Banda Sichone was described after her death as Zambia’s “voice of conscience”. An activist for human rights, she studied law as a Rhodes Scholar at Somerville but returned to Zambia to work in politics, founding the Zambian Civic Education Association, practising law, and writing a series of popular newspaper columns, many of which were fiercely critical of government corruption and abuses of power. Her outspokenness led to prosecution by the state – she was forced briefly into hiding – and won her an Independent Women in Media Foundation Courage in Journalism before her early death in 1998. She is the only female Rhodes Scholar to appear in a portrait at Oxford.