Zimbabwe's Nkosana Masuku Among 8 Young African Entrepreneurs Awarded $200,000 Grant By USAID

Nkosana Butholenkosi Masuku is a Zimbabwean education innovator who was recently named among eight young African social entrepreneurs to receive a total of $200,000 in grant funding from the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to grow their business enterprises. 

Nkosana Butholenkosi Masuku is the founder and chief executive officer of Phenomenon Technologies, a multi-award-winning start-up that provides applied science learning to students through mixed reality technologies.

Nkosana Butholenkosi Masuku


Nkosana Butholenkosi Masuku along with Courage Agbonlahor (Nigeria), Ifeanyi Chikeluba (Nigeria), Nancy Iraba (Tanzania), Angella Kyomugisha (Uganda), Zuko Mandlakazi (South Africa), Henry Othieno (Uganda), and Kulukaya Sadiki (Malawi) all of whom are 2021 Mandela Washington Fellows, will receive $25,000 each to develop and grow their business enterprises and create positive changes in their respective countries. 


The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a component of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which is the United States’ signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders. The selected recipients’ companies range in sectors from agribusiness and textiles to information, communications and technology (ICT), and education.  


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