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Fellow elected Vice President for Africa of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association

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2014 Fellow Linda Kasonde has been elected to a senior role on the governing body of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. She was elected Vice President for Africa in April at the Commonwealth Law Conference in Livingstone, Zambia.   She is also the first woman President of the Zambia Law Association in the country’s post-independence history.

The theme of the conference was: The Rule of Law in Retreat? Challenges for the Modern Commonwealth. This conference has always been a unique event for the commonwealth legal fraternity -  which is spread over several continents - as it offers a space to discuss topical issues they might otherwise not be able to easily do.

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Fellow selected as Champion for Agenda 2063

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2018 Fellow and founder of MathsGee, Edzai Zvobwo, has been selected as a Champion for Agenda 2063 during an advocacy ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa, hosted by the African Union Development Agency - NEPAD. He is one of five distinguished champions recognised for their entrepreneurial actions, resilience, and activities in progressing towards the goal of Agenda 2063.

NEPAD (now rebranded to AUDA) targeted 2019 as the year in which it popularises #Agenda2063 through #TheAfricaWeWant campaign to serve the African people.

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Introducing the 2019 Tutu Leadership Programme cohort

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The African Leadership Institute has a very strong cohort of emerging African leaders for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship for 2019. Amongst nearly 250 nominees of outstanding quality from more than 30 African countries, 23 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Including the candidates nominated by our sponsoring organisations, the candidates represent 12 different African countries, ranging in age 25 to 39 years of age, and span several industries. The selected candidates demonstrate the incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.

The biographies of the 2019 candidates follow:

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Fellow to Head Netflix's International Originals Department.

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The global streaming giant, Netflix, has recognised the talent of 2016 Fellow, Dorothy Ghettuba, and appointed her their Manager for International Originals.  The appointment of the award-winning Kenyan CEO of Spielworks Media comes after Netflix announced in 2018 that it would commission original shows from Africa by 2019.

This move was intended to increase demand for the platform among viewers from Africa and eventually reduce the cost of access. “Telling our African stories. Onwards and Upwards,” said Ms Ghettuba in an Instagram post announcing her appointment.

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Fellow appointed to head Schwab Foundation

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2013 Fellow François Bonnici has been appointed to head up the Schwab Foundation in Switzerland, one of the leading social entrepreneurship foundations in the world and the sister organization of the WEF.

Over the last year, the Schwab Foundation Board has moved to adapt the Foundation’s focus to the scope and complexity of social challenges and the evolving dynamic of the social entrepreneurship landscape, putting an emphasis on moving the field forward collectively towards more systemic social change.

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Fellow wins 2019 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

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2010 Fellow and President of mPedigree, Bright Simons, has been selected as one of the winners of the 2019 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. His company was also awarded a grant of US$1.5 million for being selected.

Organised by the Skoll Foundation, which supports and invests in social entrepreneurs and innovators solving the world’s most pressing problems, the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship recognise and reward transformative leaders whose organisations disrupt the status quo and drive sustainable large-scale change.

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Fellow seals music partnership with Warner Music Group

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2017 Fellow, MC and Chocolate City label executive, MI Abaga, has helped usher in his company’s partnership with Warner Music Group in the US.

In the deal, the two companies will enter into an arrangement that sees Warner Music injecting funds into Chocolate City’s operations and also use its extensive network to promote artists on the label. Music from these artists will join Warner Music’s repertoire, and they will receive the global support of the major label including distribution and artist services via ADA.  MI will continue to lead Chocolate City as the EVP of imprints alongside co-founders Audu Maikori and Paul Okeugo. The Chocolate City team will also continue to develop local artists and support the management of WMG’s global superstars across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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SA President invites Fellow to SADC Saharawi solidarity summit

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa extended an invitation to 2013 Fellow and human rights activist Catherine Constantinides to attend the SADC Saharawi Summit in South Africa in March 2019. Catherine has for years worked on behalf of the Saharawi, who live in territory occupied illegally by Morocco. 

The SADC Solidarity Conference with the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic started with a call for unity to ensure the right to freedom and self-determination of the people of the Western Sahara. It was attended by several heads of state, who took a stand for the Saharawi and expressed their support for decolonisation of the region and self-determination for Western Sahara on the basis of the values and principles that have guided the quest for independence throughout Africa.

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Fellow appointed to chair sport broadcasting rights hearing

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2006 Fellow Palesa Kadi has been appointed to chair the ICASA hearings on sport broadcasting rights. Palesa is a media activist, researcher and has worked as a regulator in the broadcasting and telecommunications space, where she serves as an ICASA councillor. ICASA is South Africa's broadcast regulator. 

The hearings - and issue - is politically sensitive, as big-draw sport is currently mainly broadcast on expensive pay channels, locking out many ordinary South Africans from being able to watch sport on free-to-air TV.

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Fellow appointed to NSIA Board

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2018 Tutu Fellow Aminu Umar-Sadiq has been appointed as an Executive Director and Member of the Board of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, or NSIA, by President Muhammadu Buhari. This appointment sees him move from his previous role as Senior Vice-President and Deputy Head of Infrastructure, also at the NSIA.

In 2018, the NSIA Board established a Direct Investment Committee for review and oversight of investments in core domestic infrastructure sectors such as motorways, agriculture, healthcare, power, and education. Aminu has significant experience in investment banking, private equity and public finance, including his most recent role at the NSIA.

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2018 Fellow named a Young Global Leader by WEF

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2018 Tutu Fellow Adebola Williams has been named a 2019 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Adebola, who is the founder of RED Media, was selected from thousands of applications from across the world following a rigorous vetting process designed to identify global leaders and young visionaries working to shape the future through inspired leadership.

Created in 2004 by Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, as a way to help the world meet increasingly complex and interdependent challenges, Adebola Williams will join an elite community of the world’s next-generation leaders in influencing decision-making through the contribution of new ideas, perspectives and energy.

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Fellow given the Keys to Florence

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2014 Fellow Sello Hatang has been awarded the Keys of the City of Florence by its Mayor, Dario Nardella. Hatang, who is the Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, was awarded this special honour to recognise his work in human rights and promoting the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The award states: "To Sello Hatang, who carries out the challenging and luminous task of keeping Madiba's legacy alive. We share with him a long history of friendship and the ideal of an open society based on remembrance, solidarity, equality and respect for human rights."

Mayor Nardella reflected on the long histories of interconnection between Florence, Italy, Nelson Mandela and the Foundation. He emphasised the need to intensify the work during these challenging times of intolerance.

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Africa’s 1st ‘Design Lab’ launched in Kigali

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2017 Fellow Bosun Tijani, together with the Rwandan Minister of Information & Communications Technology and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, have launched the ‘CcHUB Design Lab’. The launch event took place on 14 February 14 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The design lab is an extraordinary leap in Africa’s growing tech sector, and is set to become a leading creative and collaborative space between its multidisciplinary team of product designers and engineers, and scientists and stakeholders globally. They will be on a mission to explore the application of emerging technologies that will solve Africa’s systemic problems in public health, education, governance and the private sector. The first partner joining the Design Lab will be the Rwanda Biomedical Centre.

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Fellow launches crowdsourced online maths learning program

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2018 Fellow Edzai Zvobwo, has launched an individual social responsibility (ISR) program to promote crowd-sourced mathematics knowledge and activity. Through his company, MathsGee, he launched a maths question & answer community forum that serves as a platform for interested individuals to assist learners who will be asking questions.
 
Edzai, who is the founder of the MathsGenius Leadership Institute, believes that not enough is being done to harness the mathematical knowledge that has been acquired by South African residents. He says there is a vast pool of individuals who have the capacity to complement government’s efforts in trying to redress past ills and providing the country with much-needed mathematically savvy graduates. He also believes that this model will help South Africa overcome the maths skills shortfall and become a worthy competitor with the rest of the world.  
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Fellow opens her 20th SPARK School in Soweto 

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2017 Tutu Fellow and Founder of SPARK Schools, Stacey Brewer, has opened another school; this time in the township Soweto, Johannesburg.  The new school opened its doors in January 2019, and is the twentieth school in the SPARK Schools network. SPARK Soweto is located in the west of Soweto.
 
Stacey said she and her team saw the need to open a school in Soweto in oder to meet the demand of the Spark pupils who were mostly from that specific area. This opportunity presented itself after years of planning, and Spark Schools believed that opening schools close to where the pupils' families lived would not only be an investment in the local community, but also potentially lead to substantial savings in travel costs, and ensure that scholars remain close to their support network.
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