In the Shona language, Usahwira means "a beautiful friendship".

A friendship between you or your church and Africa University gives a student the opportunity for an education. An education gives the student an opportunity to change the world.

For $5,565 to $5,765 annually, and a four-year commitment to participate as a Usahwira member, you or your church can help a student to complete their education at Africa University.

Become part of Usahwira (pronounced YOU-suh-we-rah) and build a relationship that makes a real difference in a young person's life. Establishing your Usahwira today.

How to establish Usahwira with Africa University:

  • Make a four-year commitment to annual scholarship funding and support a student from enrollment to graduation
  • Add an annual Africa University Day celebration to the mission calendar of your church.

You will strengthen your Usahwira when you:

  • Participate in a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) team or other visit to the campus in Zimbabwe.
  • Make a special gift to the endowment fund.
  • Identify persons who can make a large gift to the scholarship fund, to a designated special project, and/or make a planned gift
  • Enlist five or more honorary alumni/ae association members at the annual level of $50 or a lifetime membership of $500.

For more information, please contact us at:

Office phone: (615) 340-7438


Mirielle Muluba Kasongo is an Usahwira Scholarship recipient and sophmore in the department of agriculture and natural resources.I am a second-year student, studying natural resources management. My young sister and my two (younger) brothers are still in high school. Our father is a pastor in North Katanga and our mother is a housewife. My father cannot pay my school fees as in my country, pastors do not have enough salary to pay school fees for their children.

Studying is very important to me and my family. When I finish my studies, I will be able to help my family and community (society). In my country, agriculture is now important for development and the country is promoting it for a better economy.

Mirielle Muluba Kasongo, Democratic Republic of Congo
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Sciences