She was born Julia Mulenga Nsofwa in 1910 to a British Army African Sergeant who served in the First World War. Julia fought the independence of Zambian people. She fought with the only weapons she had: her voice and the vision she had for a better future for generations to come She on took the name Chikamoneka (meaning “victory will be seen”) for her fearless attitude in Northern Rhodesia‘s independence struggle and as a mantle to cover her operations during the independence struggle. Having started her career as a housemaid, and lack of a formal education did little to deter her from being a leader in the independence struggle. Julia's most dramatic protest occurred in 1960 when she marched to the District Commissioner’s office and slapped him.