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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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Final workshop for 2015 Tutu Fellows

Final workshop for 2015 Tutu Fellows

The final workshop of the 2015 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme starts on the 2nd September, and includes a fascinating mix of innovative experiential leadership learning sessions, talks by internationally renowned leaders from different sectors who share their leadership experiences, and Oxford’s leadership experts.

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Essay: The Challenge of Leadership and the Poverty of Ambition

Essay: The Challenge of Leadership and the Poverty of Ambition

The following essay, titled "Just another African country: the challenge of leadership in Zambia and the poverty of ambition", was written by Tutu Fellow Linda Kasonde.  It examines African leadership and more specifically, leadership in Zambia, as the country recently celebrated its 50th independence anniversary.

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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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Executive search at AFLI

Executive search at AFLI

The Africa executive specialist search consultants Executives in Africa and Aperture Group are assisting the African Leadership Institute to hire a Chief Commercial Officer.  The CCO of the African Leadership Institute is a unique opportunity for a dynamic leader to take the already successful Institute to the next level of growth and impact upon leadership in Africa.

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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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Sudan's Bashir: a troubled leader's travels

Sudan's Bashir: a troubled leader's travels

This piece was written by Tutu Fellow Samah Salman on the visit by President Omar Al-Bashir to South Africa and calls for him to be turned over to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes. Although the piece has been overtaken by events and  President Bashir has returned to the Sudan, calls for accountability within South Africa, including a legal injunction, cast a spotlight on the moral and ethical credentials - or lack thereof - of both governments. The article was originally published in Ventures.

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The travel politics of passports

The travel politics of passports

Tutu Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey wrote this op-ed on the unfair and persistent visa restrictions on nationals of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone based on an experience she had with the United Arab Emirates.  It's since been published in several outlets including Thought Leader, Conversations on Liberia, and African Arguments.  The piece is titled: "In a World Obsessed with Passport Tiers, Citizenship Is Personal and Political".

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Why more women are needed in STEM

Why more women are needed in STEM

Tutu Fellow Lade Araba wrote this op ed, which was originally published in This is Africa.

With 62 percent of Nigerians under the age of 24 and 49 percent of its citizens women, Nigeria stands to benefit by harnessing the creativity and intellectual curiosity of young women.

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