Best wishes for the holiday season and new promise in the flood of nominees for the 2016 Tutu Fellowship Leadership Programme.
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Best wishes for the 2015 Holiday Season

Good leadership is vital for the future success of the continent, and this will increasingly fall to Africa’s young emerging leaders. Africa is still seen to be the area of the world with the highest growth potential. In this vein, I wish everyone a very enjoyable holiday season, and a new year where every citizen of the continent wakes up each morning to feel that life is just a little bit better than it was yesterday.

Flood of nominees for 2016 leadership programme

Nearly 300 nominations were received of Africa’s finest young leaders for the 2016 Tutu Fellowship Leadership Programme. Nominees came from 38 African countries and all sectors. Nominees have until 15 January 2016 to complete their applications for consideration.

Archbishop Tutu tells SA government to 'Watch out'.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu issued a stern warning to South African President Jacob Zuma and the ruling ANC.

Tutu Fellow speaks truth to power on SA Finance Minister's axing

Shaka Sisulu broke ranks with the ANC on it's silence surrounding the axing by South African President Jacob Zuma of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene.  Sisulu's disagreement helped create space for others to weigh in, leading eventually to Zuma backtracking.

Student protests: a moment to listen and reflect

The head of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang, is warning that education must be a priority. The 2014 Tutu Fellow says that despite the disturbing violence during the #FeesMustFall protests, this is a moment of hope as young South Africans take responsibility for making their country the place of their dreams.

Fellow appointed to Cabinet position in Tanzania

Tutu Fellow January Makamba has been appointed to the Tanzanian cabinet as the Minister of State in the Vice President’s Office for Union Affairs and Environment. The MP for Bumbuli was the youngest candidate to run for the position of President in the country

Tutu Fellow on Council impacting global poverty

2009 Tutu Fellow James Mwangi has been appointed to the U.N. Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. The influential group supports the UN and its Sustainable Development Goals by encouraging entrepreneurship globally for social and economic impact that could lift millions out of poverty.

Stopping counterfeit medicine with a text

2010 Tutu Fellow Bright Simons is being called the champion of safe medicine in Africa. The social entrepreneur and policy activist has developed software that enables consumers to instantly verify the authenticity of medicine they buy by simply texting a code.

Eunice Ajambo receives global leadership award

The Center for Economic and Leadership Development has conferred the 2015 Global Female Leadership Impact Award on Tutu Fellow Eunice Ajambo. She joins a storied list of past Presidents and other notable international business and political leaders to have won the award.

Landry Signe selected for Top 10 list

Tutu Fellow Landry Signe has been recognized as one of the Junior Chamber International’s 2015 “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World”. The recognition was conferred on him after 26,000 votes were cast for 20 finalists.

Victor Ochen given Commonwealth Award

2011 Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen is the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year. Ochen and his organization, AYINET, was one of five outstanding youth workers recognised by the Commonwealth for their efforts to support young people in building peace. 

Finding ways to transform Africa's resources into upliftment

2015 Tutu Fellow Munyaradzi Murape speaks about how leadership in Africa will need to grapple with ways to transform the continent's resources into wealth for its peoples.


Strong presence at Mo Ibrahim governance conference

Ten Tutu Fellows attended the annual governance conference organized by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in Ghana in November.  A central goal of the foundation is to put governance at the centre of any conversation on African development.

Essay: Taking back our power

Tutu Fellow Linda Kasonde has written an essay in the online magazine, The Alchemist that deals with the many ways in which people 'give their power away' in their daily lives. In it she calls attention to the ways in which we do so and exhorts us to take back our power.

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