Some highlights of outstanding achievements of the African Leadership Institute's Tutu Fellows in 2015
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Another year of achievement for AFLI and Tutu Fellows

One measure of the impact the African Leadership Institute and its Tutu Fellowship Programme is having is to look at the accomplishments of the Fellows themselves. By that measure, 2015 was an outstanding year. In this newsletter you will find just a few of the outstanding achievements and actions of Tutu Fellows in the past year, along with a short list on the website highlighting their impact.

Uganda's President endorses Tutu Fellow for Nobel Peace Prize

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni endorsed Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen and the organisation he founded, African Youth Initiative. Ochen, a survivor of the conflict with the Lord's Resistance Army, and AYINET work to medically rehabilitate victims of conflict.

Tutu Fellow appointed to Tanzanian Cabinet

Member of Parliament January Makamba has been appointed to the Tanzanian cabinet as the Minister of State in the VP's Office for Union Affairs and the Environment.  Makamba was also the youngest MP to run for the position of President of the country.

Landry Signe in prestigious global top 10 list

Tutu Fellow Landry Signe was selected as one of the "2015 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World." Past recipients include US Presidents, business tycoon Howard Hughes, actor Jackie Chan and Nobel prize winners.

Tutu Fellow is East Africa Businessman of the Year

2012 Tutu Fellow James Mworia won the 2015 AABLA East Africa Businessman of the Year award, beating out four other contenders. The award celebrates a commitment to excellence and innovation in business practice and strategy.

Archbishop Tutu tells ANC to 'Watch Out'

Archbishop Desmond Tutu issued a stern warning to South African President Jacob Zuma and the ruling ANC.  The Nobel Peace laureate and patron of the African Leadership Institute told them that they were behaving totally at variance with the things for which the country stood for.


ANC stalwart speaks truth to power

Tutu Fellow and ANC activist Shaka Sisulu broke ranks with the ANC government and President Jacob Zuma and condemned them for the firing of two finance ministers from the cabinet in a week causing financial mayhem in South Africa.

Tutu Fellow appointed to Zambia's Central Bank Board

Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa has been appointed to the board of Zambia's Central Bank for a three-year term. Her appointment makes her one of the few women in this role at an African Central Bank.

Three Fellows on African Top 25 List

Three Tutu Fellows have been included on the FT's list of the top 25 Africans to watch, which ranges from activists to a Premiere League footballer. The Financial Times says the names on the list are their pick of the continent's rising stars.

Student protests - a moment for reflection

The Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Tutu Fellow, Sello Hatang, found hope in the violence-plagued student protests in South Africa. In a thoughtful article on the #FeesMustFall movement he writes why he has this hope.

Tutu Fellow on UN global entrepreneurs council

James Mwangi has been appointed to the United Nations’ Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council.The council is comprised of leading entrepreneurs from around the world who will advise on innovation and economic growth in support of the newly adopted U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. 

Stopping counterfeit message with a text

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 via a simple text message. 

Nigeria's IT ambassador

Tutu Fellow Gbenga Sesan has gone from being a small boy denied access to a computer training room to an award-winning educator who is connecting millions of young people in the slums of Nigeria and providing them with IT training.

Stylish entrepreneurship

Tutu Fellow Samuel Mensah was featured on CNN Style and interviewed about his fashion company, Kisua. He explained his transformation from investment banker to fashion guru.

Taking a stand against Afrophobia in South Africa

The Tutu Fellows issued a condemnation of the Afrophobic violence that erupted in South Africa early in 2015, saying that like Nelson Mandela, they dreamed of an Africa that is at peace with itself.

Tutu Fellow reflects on changing film-making trends

Ross Garland, the founder of Rogue Films discusses how online access to film and video is changing the movie business. His company, which has had several hit films, is taking online delivery seriously. He spells out how YouTube is attracting millions of viewers.

Commonwealth Youth Award goes to Tutu Fellow

The award for 2015 Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year went to 2011 Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen.  He was one of five outstanding youth workers recognised for their efforts to support young people in building peace.

Lifesaving antenatal care idea wins Aspen Award

Tutu Fellow Kopano Mabaso, along with a fellow medical doctor, pitched an idea that won the Aspen Award prize. The idea, called Ona Mtoto Wako or 'See your baby', takes lifesaving care to pregnant women in remote and rural countries.

Tutu Fellow wins global leadership award

Eunice Ajambo received the 2015 Global Female Leadership Impact Award and was also inducted into the Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame. Her efforts on helping rebuild Rwanda played a role in her selection and she joins past luminaries such as the former President of Malawi and VP of Zimbabwe.

2015 Tutu Leadership Programme - a life-changing success

Tutu Fellows completed the 2015 leadership programme in September, calling it life-changing and transformative.  The 2015 Fellows join 225 emerging leaders from 34 African countries.

Creating a level playing field for social innovators in Africa

An essay posted by Fellow Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli originally in the Stanford Review looks at the global interest in opportunities for social change and profitable growth in Africa. But, she says, 'African' awards are often innovators from Europe and the US - and she suggests ways in which this can be changed.

A thought for the Saharawi, Africa's forgotten people

Tutu Fellow Catherine Constantinides highlights the fate of the Saharawi, a people that have been under illegal occupation by Morocco for more than 40 years. In her essay, she provides a short history of the plight of the Saharawi.

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