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Uzodinma Iweala 2015 Tutu Fellow (Nigeria)

Uzodinma Chukuka Iweala is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  He is CEO and Editor-In-Chief of Ventures Africa Magazine; a publication on business and entrepreneurship in Africa.  He is also a co-founder of Txtlite Nigeria Ltd, a company that provides pay-as-you go solar solutions across Nigeria.

In this video, Uzodinma suggests Tutu Fellows are already impacting Africa in a positive way, both this class and previous classes, and will continue to do so despite the steep challenges facing the continent.

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Landry Signe 2015 Tutu Fellow (Cameroon)

Landry Signe is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  He is the founder and chief executive officer of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity and a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies.  He is also a special adviser to global leaders on African affairs and development issues.

In this video, Landry Signe argues that Tutu Fellows are already changing Africa and are going to have a major impact on the continent in future.

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Nigeria's IT Ambassador

Nigeria's IT Ambassador

2007 Tutu Fellow Gbenga Sesan has been featured in an Al Jazeera special that looks into the impact he is having on young people in slums in Nigeria, teaching them Information Technology skills.  With more than 50% of youth in Nigeria unemployed, having IT skills is a massive leg up in a digital world.

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Stylish entrepreneurship

Stylish entrepreneurship

2014 Tutu Fellow Samuel Mensah has been featured on CNN Style in a frank interview about his fashion company Kisua.  In it, he explains his transformation from being a suit at an investment fund to rolling the dice and starting up a fashion company.

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Emerging Tanzanian Presidential candidate on leadership

Emerging Tanzanian Presidential candidate on leadership

Tanzanian Presidential candidate and 2013 Tutu classmember, January Makamba gives his thoughts on leadership and an optimistic future for Africa in this interview. He would like to see an Africa that is dynamic, self-reliant and proud, and respected as such on the international stage. He emphasises that the role young Africans and, in particular, young African leaders play in shaping this future of Africa will be vital.

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The 'servant leader' - Archbishop Tutu's Mandela Day message

The 'servant leader' - Archbishop Tutu's Mandela Day message

African Leadership Institute patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, recorded an inspirational message for the 2015 Mandela Day. Mandela Day is an annual day, celebrating the former South African President, Nelson Mandela's birthday. In his message, he showed how Nelson Mandela's approach of servant leadership could be a model for all to follow.

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Uganda's President endorses Tutu Fellow for Nobel Peace Prize

Uganda's President endorses Tutu Fellow for Nobel Peace Prize

Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen has been endorsed for the 2015 Nobel Peace prize by Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni.  Ochen and the organisation he founded, African Youth Initiative (AYINET), was jointly nominated earlier this year by the American Friends Service Committee.  In it's nomination letter, the AFSC highlighted the impact of the conflict between the government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army.  Millions of people have been detrimentally affected, including Ochen, who was a childhood victim of the war.

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Three Fellows in FT's top "25 Africans to Watch"

Three Fellows in FT's top "25 Africans to Watch"

The Financial Times Magazine starts their list like this:  From activists to a Premier League footballer . . . The FT’s Africa team picks the continent’s rising stars.  The three Tutu Fellows included on the list of 25 are:  Amy Jadesimi, Robtel Neajai Pailey, and Lai Yahaya.  Lai is a 2009 Fellow, Robtel was the following year, and Amy is a 2012 Fellow.  They are among stirling company.

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Lifesaving antenatal care idea wins Aspen Award prize

Lifesaving antenatal care idea wins Aspen Award prize

Tutu Fellow Kopano Mabaso and fellow medical doctor Chrystelle Wedi, both Rhodes Scholars, have won the Aspen Idea Award for an idea they pitched at the event in Colorado in June 2015.

The idea, called Ona Mtoto Wako project, meaning "see your baby" in Swahili, will take lifesaving antenatal care to pregnant women in remote & rural parts of low and middle income countries. Pregnant women will be given an opportunity to come “see their baby” through a free ultrasound using a mobile ultrasound scan bus.

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Gay thorn at summit?

Gay thorn at summit?

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently ruled that gays in the U.S. have the same legal rights in marriage as heterosexuals; in Nigeria, homosexuality is legally prohibited.  With Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari and U.S. President Barack Obama to meet this month (July 2015), newspapers in Nigeria are speculating whether gay rights will be on the summit agenda. Tutu Fellow Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani has penned a piece for CNN's African Voices on resistance in Nigeria and other African countries to equal rights for all as it pertains to gays.  It is titled: Why are Nigerians terrified of same-sex marriage in America? 

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Fellow joins Board of Zambia's Central Bank

Fellow joins Board of Zambia's Central Bank

Tutu Fellow Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa will be serving on the board of Zambia's Central Bank.  The Bank of Zambia is tasked with among other things ensuring  appropriate monetary policy formulation and implementation, acting as the fiscal agent of the Government, and licensing, regulating and supervising banks and financial service institutions.

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1st Tutu Fellowship Programme Workshop of 2015 under way

1st Tutu Fellowship Programme Workshop of 2015 under way

The first Tutu Fellowship Leadership Programme Workshop of 2015 is under way in Cape Town, where 23 participants from all over Africa are honing their leadership skills, building their network and discovering new approaches to solving the problems the continent faces. The young leaders were selected from more than 250 nominees from more than 30 African countries and range from 29 to 40 years of age. The participants at this workshop represent the wealth and breadth of the talent Africa has to offer among its young leaders.

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Sam Mensah - Global Fashion Mogul

Sam Mensah - Global Fashion Mogul

An entrepreneur who left his career in investment and private banking, Sam Mensah has gone on to create Kisua.com - an international e-tailer of contemporary African fashions and accessories for women. He shares his journey as a businessman following a passion and lessons learned as a leader taking an African brand global: "It's one thing to have an 'a-ha' moment, but it's quite another thing to give up the comfort of a good job." His advice: get comfortable with the possibility of failure.

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Academic activist authors anti-corruption book for children

Academic activist authors anti-corruption book for children

A Liberian academic, activist and author with a transnational mindset, Robtel claims that she “exists and thrives on three continents simultaneously.” She shares her story about growing up in Washington D.C. and a project to raise awareness among children about the scourge of corruption on the African continent.

In this interview, she explains how corruption awareness needs to be taught early:

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Mandela, the Unifier

Mandela, the Unifier

“Madiba taught us how to come together and to believe in ourselves and each other. A unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. He taught us extraordinarily practical lessons about forgiveness, compassion and reconciliation.” The day he awarded South Africa’s national rugby team with the World Cup trophy wearing a Springbok jersey with the captain’s number on it was “…worth more than all the sermons we could preach about reconciliation.”

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