17-year-old Wi-fi developer Steward Nankhumwa offered scholarship at MUST

By Chisomo Phiri

Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) has offered a scholarship to High Profile Private Secondary School Student Stuward Nankhumwa, 17, who recently produced a WiFi device.

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday February 1,2023, MUST Institute of Industrial Research and Innovation, research fellow Wongani Langa said through the Malawi 2063 Youth Innovation Programme 12-month scholarship, Nankhumwa will be mentored to ensure his innovation is commercialised.

Langa said after the mentorship, MUST will link the innovator with investors so that they can help him in selling the product.

Steward Nankhumwa

” Yes he has been offered a 12 months long scholarship here at MUST so as to help mentor his wonderful project. After his, mentorship training, he will be exposed to the investors for the possible market of his product, ” said Langa.

Nankhumwa, who spent K8,000 to come up with the wi-fi device, said he was over the moon that his hard work has now started yielding fruits.

He further said, he believes the scholarship will offer him more knowledge which he will use to produce a solar power generation device.

” I am very excited and humbled to be offered this scholarship and I will use the opportunity wisely to gain more skills,” said the young innovator.

Nankhumwa, who has a deep interest in reading physics books, is also said to have developed a radio, a kettle and a 4-volts battery.