The Tourism Authority Of Zimbabwe has named internationally famed musician Oliver Mtukudzi an ambassador for tourism in the country.
Mtukudzi has been cultural ambassador since 2009, but he will now receive a diplomatic passport, making life on the road considerably easier for him.
Tourism Authority Chief Executive Karikoga Kaseke announced the honor this week in Durban, South Africa, at the Indaba International Travel and Tourism Exposition.
"His history does not need any explanation," Kaseke said of Mtukudzi. "Everyone knows what important role he has played in representing our country through music."
Mtukudzi manager Sam Mataure told VOA reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that he hopes other arts and sports figures will be similarly honored.