The star continues to shine for former Lubhangwe secondary school teacher, Nkosana Masuku who recently managed to fly the Zimbabwean flag high after making it to the list of five finalists in the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) start-up competition.
The 23-year old Masuku’s life has been a story of perseverance, determination and hope. Not many ever imagined that the former secondary school teacher in Matobo district would one day stand before serious tourism investors pitching his start-up project which has been voted as one of the world’s most transformative tourism projects.
The UNWTO launched the first start-up competition in 2018 looking for disruptive start-ups that would transform the way people travel and experience tourism.
Zimbabwe’s young entrepreneur with his Fundovr project was among the top five finalists unveiled at the just concluded Madrid International Tourism expo.
“I am so excited to have made it to the top five finalists and this is testimony to the fact that our project has the potential to lead the transformation of the tourism sector,” he said.
The initiative makes use of virtual reality technologies to provide low cost excursions or field trips helping rural learners in Africa to learn and appreciate the world.
Learners are able to virtually explore tourist destinations, chemical plants or space without leaving their classrooms.
Masuku’s achievements have excited the Zimbabwean government and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) with calls for the nation to harness disruptive technologies in order to grow the hospitality industry.
“We are happy for the young man. He has made us proud by flying the Zimbabwean flag high at such an important global event and we will support him to achieve his aspirations,” said Mr Godfrey Koti, the ZTA Corporate Communications Manager.
In 2018, Masuku was selected as the only Zimbabwean innovator among the 49 other entrepreneurs across Africa to present their Fundovr project at the prestigious Innovating Education in Africa Expo hosted by the African Union in Dakar, Senegal.