Brilliant MhlangaBrilliant Mhlanga


Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Lecturer, National University of Science and Technology and Civil Society Activist

Occupational Position: Lecturer

Professional History


Brilliant is an Academic and a Human Rights Activist from Matebeleland, Zimbabwe. His activities in human rights and politics date back to the University of Zimbabwe where he was a Student Leader in the late 90s. It was also at the height of his Student Leadership days that he began to be active in the civil society movement of Zimbabwe; a mantle he has since carried to this day. Brilliant Mhlanga has worked and held various positions with organizations in the Zimbabwean civil society in the past six years, including Secretary of the Board for the Bulawayo Agenda, and the Human Rights Chair of the National Constitutional Assembly task force. He also writes with the independent media in and outside Zimbabwe. These media institutions include; NewZimbabwe.com, The Standard, and Independent Newspapers. Brilliant is a lecturer at the National University of Science and Technology in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies and also a Research Fellow with W. K. Kellogg Foundation and is a product of the Legon Centre for International Affairs, University of Ghana.

Qualifications


Master of Arts in Culture, Communication and Media Studies, from the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal and Oslo (Norway). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a BSc Hon. in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe

Programs


2007 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Peter Wilson
10 February 2017

There were 283 nominations of Africa’s finest young leaders from over 30 countries for the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship, which starts on 22nd April. Applications closed on 15th January 2017.  Since then, a selection panel of past Fellows and AFLI Board Members have been working tirelessly to draw up a short list of candidates for final evaluation by the selection panel. The short list of 52 candidates was finalised on 7th February, and the plan is for the final selection of the 2017 Tutu Fellows to be agreed upon by the AFLI Board at the end of February. Only 17 candidates are finally selected.

Norman Smit
07 February 2017

The Bertha Centre, which is run by 2013 Tutu Fellow Dr. Francois Bonnici, has been profiled as one of the top five university-based social impact centres in the world.  The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is at the University of Cape Town and is part of the Graduate School of Business.  The nonprofit organisation the Bridgespan Group published the report which was done by the Skoll Foundation

Norman Smit
02 February 2017

2014 Tutu Fellow Isaac Fokuo has written a thought piece for African Business in which he considers the potential impact of China on Africa, not from the typical perspective of trade or infrastructure, but in terms of education. Fokuo, who is the co-founder of the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence makes the point that higher education is one sector that could benefit from greater involvement by China.  One area in which the impact could be profound is in the area of technical and vocational training. 

Norman Smit
30 January 2017

A film dedicated to telling the story of the Chibok girls kidnapped from their school by Boko Haram is being premiered at the Sundance film festival this month. Waiting for Hassana tells the story of the kidnapping through the eyes of one of the girls - named Jessica - who escaped from Boko Haram. 2015 Tutu Fellow Uzodinma Iweala produced the documentary after being encouraged to do so by his mother.  Waiting for Hassana is the first Nigerian production ever selected to debut at the prestigious international film festival.


A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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