Special edition of the 10th Anniversary Event at Nirox Sculpture Park in November.
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Tutu Fellows celebrate their 10th Anniversary

Between November 18 and 20, 2016, Tutu Fellows descended upon the serene and idyllic Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tutu Programme under the theme, Leadership, Consciousness & Change-Making. The celebration also served as a reunion, bringing together Fellows from across the years and across the continent.  The full post on the website tries to recapture the difficult task of portraying the magic of that weekend by sharing some of the memorable moments from the event.

2008 Tutu Fellow Paul Kapelus gives us an overview of the weekend’s events and also summarised the talks where Fellows shared their stories, passions and what they are doing to drive the African development agenda. Last but not least, we feature the Fellows’ tributes to Sean Lance and Peter Wilson, the founders of AFLI. 

Happy reading.  Wishing you all a restful break and an inspired start to 2017!

Dr Jackie Chimhanzi, AFLI CEO.

Memorable quotes from the Reunion Weekend

A leadership reunion would not be complete without thought-provoking snippets on Africa, its challenges, and the role of Tutu Fellows

The video

AFLI produced a video of the 10th Anniversary Celebration.  It captures the tone, excitement and thoughtfulness of the Fellows who attended this milestone in the history of the organization and the network of exceptional people who make up its Fellows. If the video won't play for you here in your email client, you can view it on the AFLI website.


Reflections from the cradle of humankind

2008 Fellow Paul Kapelus pens a personal essay on the powerful interactions that occurred when Fellows from all 10 Class years came together for the reunion of the decade.

The Fellows' Presentations

The Tutu Fellows who shared their stories rose to the occasion in profound ways. Listeners were inspired by the quality of the insights, the technical prowess, the determination and the purposefulness of their lives.

Leadership and Consciousness

Led by Rachel Adams, Fellows were challenged to contemplate in the tranquil park in pairs the impact of their leadership style on their followers. Self-introspection and vulnerability are key foundations of the Tutu Leadership Programme.

The Picnic Lunch

Good food and good company are always memorable.

Of Discussions, Deliberations & Debates!

Breakout sessions were held to discuss topics as varied as Lessons from Brexit and Trump to whether Presidential term limits help or hinder the continent; or, Travel visas in Africa - good or bad? Fellows also got to weigh in on the best way for the network to engage and interact.


The Fellows paid tribute to the AFLI Founders, Sean Lance and Peter Wilson, who have been instrumental in sparking the network and nurturing it through many tough times, never abandoning the values-based leadership principles they espouse. The quotes from Fellows speak to the impact the programme and AFLI has had since its inception.

What the Fellows said about the Reunion

The Fellows weighed in on what they'd learned, how they'd been inspired, and the depth and practicality of the insights they'd gained as they talked with the others.


An event of this scope and ambition is not simply pulled out of a hat.  It took hard work by an organising committee and support from sponsors who believe in the mission of the African Leadership Institute and the Fellows it inspires. And it would not have been complete without the Fellows who attended, either.

Event Gallery

We used a fair number of pictures in our report on the event, but took many more that could be used in that post. Still, the images provide another view that enriches how we remember this important milestone in AFLI's history.

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