The Sunday News
Sunday Life Reporter
AS Miss Heritage Global continues to scale new heights, with this year’s pageant set to feature 50 confirmed contestants, from Europe, Asia, Africa, and both North and South America, the spotlight is now shifting to Ronald Tisauke, the man whose vision seems to have given birth to a growing global phenomenon.
Known for promoting diversity and empowering women to make a difference in their communities, Miss Heritage Global continues to be an inspiration for people to embrace their heritage while transforming their local environment.
Ronald Tisauke, founder and international relations manager of Miss Heritage Global, was born in Mutoko in Zimbabwe before moving to the capital Harare. With a creative background in marketing, Ronald entered the world of fashion and modeling where he then took an interest in modeling himself. However, he quickly realised that the modeling industry was not for him and started a modeling academy in Harare, in 2001.
“It didn’t take me long to realise that modeling is not for me, but the passion was still there, which led me to delve into the modeling industry,” he said in an interview.
It is through his work within the modeling industry that Ronald was exposed to larger pageantry platforms such as Miss Harare and Miss Zimbabwe to name a few. Driven by his passion for community development, Ronald was involved in humanitarian projects that focused on hygiene and personal care with the then Minister of Tourism Dr. Francis Nhema.
Ronald was fortunate enough to travel the globe and quickly realised that the world was his oyster. This sparked his interest further in all things cultural and heritage, which then led him to come up with Miss Heritage Global, during a trip to the magnificent Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
“Victoria Falls, a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty is a heritage site as it is so rich in culture and is recognised as a heritage site by the UNESCO Heritage Centre. I then thought to myself why not have a pageant that is centered on one’s heritage and culture, showcasing what makes us who we are and also being educated on other people’s culture and heritage”
Miss Heritage Global was conceptualised in 2012 but the first pageant was held in 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe. For Ronald, founding Miss Heritage Global has been an educational journey as it has given him a life learning experience, while
allowing his pageant to expose the world to what Africa is.
“We are hoping and aiming to be a tool for sustainable development within the tourism and arts industry. It is all about celebrating unity and we believe in embracing everyone’s unique and distinct heritage, which comes about because of where we are from. Miss Heritage global is the first international pageant that started in Africa.
We’re hoping through fashion shows during our pageantries we can provide cultural exchange and foster social cohesion internationally as we are one of the few international pageants that are diverse in the sense that it strictly focuses on culture and heritage”.
Ronald along with his colleagues is currently organising another Miss Heritage Global 2022 that is to be held on 24 September 2022 in Limpopo, South Africa. He believes that Limpopo, well known for its waterfalls, trout-filled rivers, forests, and wildlife, makes an ideal host for a pageant steeped in culture.
The pageant will see contestants USA, Hungary, China, and Cote d’Ivoire, to name a few countries, participating.
“More than anything, we want the contestants to develop a long-lasting relationship with each other, share and exchange heritage and culture, and take these lessons back home”.