Linda Kasonde has been elected President of the Law Association of Zambia during the association’s fifth annual conference at Livingstone’s Avani Victoria Falls Hotel. Kasonde beat two other contenders to become the first female President of the association. She takes over from George Chisanga who had completed his term of office.
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The World Economic Forum has announced the 2016 Young Global Leaders. Of the 11 selected by the WEF, five are Tutu Fellows and Associates, a powerful affirmation of the impact of the African Leadership Institute's programs.
Tutu Fellow Ronald Osumba has been appointed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Chairman of the country's Youth Advisory Board. The appointment began in March and runs for three years. The position is key in that Osumba has the potential to make a big difference to the lives and influence of youth in Kenya.
Tutu Fellow Lade Araba, who is a founder of the Visiola Foundation, saw a small measure of the fruits of that organisation's efforts when she accompanied two science scholars to the Next Einstein Forum for their 2016 Global Gathering in Dakar, Senegal. It was the first time the two scholars, Rachael Asaolu and Omolara Kassim, had been on a plane, their first time traveling outside of Nigeria, and their first time at an international conference.
Tutu Fellow Lorna Irungu has been accepted as a candidate for the prestigious Eisenhower Multi-Nation Program, which starts in April in the United States and runs until May 2017. The programme is highly selective, with only a small number of people being accepted from invited countries across the world.
The world is in the midst of a refugee crisis. More than four million Syrians have fled the country since the start of the civil war in that country and more than a million migrants from Africa and the Middle East crossed into Europe in 2015. This is one of the largest movements of people since the end of World War II. Against this backdrop, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has appointed a Tutu Fellow, Victor Ochen, as their global advisor on Gender, Forced Displacement and Protection. The appointment of the Nobel Peace Prize nominee was made by the UNHCR in February 2016.
Three Tutu Fellows were selected for a list of leading Africans contributors to an article for up and coming entrepreneurs. The three Fellows are Monica Musonda, Susan Mashibe, and Swaady Martin. The article, which is for the website Lionesses of Africa, is entitled The 50 best pieces of advice we featured in 2015 from some of Africa's leading women entrepreneurs. The three Fellows are all active entrepreneurs in different fields. Musonda is the founder of Zambian-based Java foods; Mashibe is the founder of VIA Aviation a Tanzanian business transport and aviation company; and Martin is the founder of YSWARA, a South African tea company.
Tutu Fellow Catherine Constantinides has been awarded a South African state award, the Ubuntu Award for diplomacy. Constantinides was one of eight recipients across several different categories, with hers being the youth category. She said that she was truly humbled to be acknowledged at such a level for her work as an international climate activist and humanitarian. The work done through the Miss Earth South Africa leadership platform as well as Generation Earth were highlighted. The award was presented to Ms. Constantinides by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. Her work in the refugee camps in North Africa was also emphasised, as much of that work is recognised as official diplomatic work.
Tutu Fellow Robtel Pailey has given a TEDx talk in London on her children's book to fight Gbagba (corruption) in Liberia. She reminds us all that there is nothing inherently African about corruption. Her children’s book was published in 2013 to critical acclaim and subsequently placed on the list of supplemental readers for 3rd to 5th graders in Liberia.
Tutu Fellow Jumoke Oduwole has been appointed as a senior economic development advisor in the Nigerian government. She is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment in the Office of the Vice President. The President has given the Vice President the authority to take a supervisory role on developing the Nigerian economy. Oduwole will also be assisting the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, who is new to international trade, although he has a background in private equity.
Tutu Fellow Lanre Akinola has joined the board of the Business Council for Africa. The council is a membership-based organisation supporting business and trade in and with Africa. More than 400 companies and entrepreneurs are part of the council, which was started in 1956. The council has 33 representatives across Africa and is part of the European Business Council for Africa and a sister organization for the Mediterranean.
Tutu Fellow Eunice Ajambo has received the 2015 Global Female Leadership Impact Award by the Center for Economic and Leadership Development. She was also inducted into the Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame. The award and the induction was conferred by the Center for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD) in partnership with the CEO Clubs Network Worldwide, and the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women), USA. The event took place at the the South America-Africa-Middle East-Asia Women's Summit in Dubai in November.
In less than a fortnight, South African President Jacob Zuma has fired two finance ministers from his cabinet. The first was Nhlanhla Nene, who resisted Zuma's excesses and was replaced with little-known David van Rooyen who was expected to rubber stamp Zuma's wishes. World markets reacted immediately, causing the Rand to fall precipitously and the stock market to tumble.