In this newsletter: the 2015 Tutu Fellows Leadership Programme; and Fellows shine as leaders in business, fashion, and at the UN General Assembly
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Message from the Co-Founder

Africa is blessed with amazing young leaders, amongst the finest of whom graduate as Tutu Leadership Fellows and proceed to make their mark upon Africa’s development. The features in this newsletter are but a few examples of the achievements and impact of the network of 225 Tutu Fellows in 34 African countries. September saw the graduation of the latest cadre of Tutu Fellows, whose “life-changing” experience on the programme stirred their determination to use their leadership talents to make a difference in Africa. We now move on to the 2016 Tutu Fellowship cycle, seeking out nominations for Africa’s highest potential young leaders to become Tutu Fellows.

Peter Wilson


2015 Tutu Leadership Programme

The second part of the 2015 Tutu Fellowship Leadership Programme took place in Oxford in September, which was the culmination of a five-month programme that Fellows described as life-changing. The final workshop included outstanding speakers; world-renowned experts on leadership, and activities. The Fellows now number 225 emerging leaders across 34 African countries.


Essay: Obama's visit to Africa

Sudanese Fellow Samah Salman uses US President Barack Obama's visit as a launching pad for her essay titled: Guess who's coming to dinner? Obama and the recipe for leadership in Africa. She argues that to capitalise on Africa's demographic dividend, bad leadership poses a cultural dilemma.

Common narratives can create consensus

2015 Tutu Fellow Uzodinma Iweala makes the case that a lack of a common narrative in Nigeria is one of the reasons why people don't have a common response to problems in the country.  He also argues that greater inclusivity in the political process is a must for progress - especially with the young demographic in the country.


East Africa Businessman of the Year

2012 Tutu Fellow James Mworia is the 2015 East Africa AABLA Business Person of the Year. The prestigious award, from the All Africa Business Leaders Awards committee, celebrates a commitment to excellence. A key criteria in the vetting and selection process is transformational leadership on the continent. 

Connecting a million - an IT ambassador

Tutu Fellow Gbenga Sesan was once turned away from the computer room at school and told he wasn't smart enough. This galvanised him to become an ambassador for IT skills in some of the poorest parts of Nigeria. A documentary on Sesan shows how in 25 years, his impact on the lives of his students has been transformative.

Tutu Fellow addresses UN General Assembly

Nobel Peace prize nominee Victor Ochen addressed the UN General Assembly at the Sustainable Development Summit in September. He joined UN leader Ban Ki-Moon and others to champion solutions to ending hunger and make sustainable development a reality. The summit sought commitments from world leaders attending the event.

Stylish entrepreneurship

CNN Style interviews Tutu Fellow Samuel Mensah on how the former investment banker switched to fashion. Clothes from his company, Kisua, are worn by international stars and he explains how demand for good-quality African products led to him making the career change he did. And look at his answer to the question - 'Who's at your ultimate dinner party?'

What went wrong in Burkina Faso

Tutu fellow Landry Signe provides some context and insight into the 'surprising' coup in Burkina Faso, just a few weeks before a democratic presidential election. He provides some context and identifies warning flags for countries in the process of democratic transition. 

Football League chooses AFLI Alumnus to lead

Arinaitwe Rugyendo has been elected Chairman of the Ugandan Football Super League. His election to the position follows wrangling and a standoff over lucrative TV money. His election may also have been prompted by the country seeking a new direction after past improper management.


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