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Tutu Fellows statement on Afrophobic attacks in South Africa

Tutu Fellows statement on Afrophobic attacks in South Africa

We, the Archbishop Tutu Fellows, unequivocally condemn the Afrophobic violence that has erupted in different places in South Africa. We condemn these episodes of violence as much as we condemn the violence experienced by the students and people of Garissa, Kenya; as much as we condemn the violent abduction of the girls in Chibok, Nigeria over a year ago; as much as we condemn war-related rape towards women in different war-torn parts of Africa; and as much as we condemn the violence into which young children are forced to become child soldiers.

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Class of 2015 Tutu Fellows announced

Class of 2015 Tutu Fellows announced

10 African countries represented among 23 programme participants

The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is proud to announce the 2015 intake of selected candidates for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Among more than 250 nominees from 32 African countries, 23 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Spanning more than 15 industries, representing 10 African countries, and ranging from 29 to 40 years of age, the selected candidates demonstrate the wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.

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Ross Garland discusses impact of YouTube on local film industry

Ross Garland discusses impact of YouTube on local film industry

Tutu Fellow Ross Garland is the founder and owner of Rogue Star Films, responsible for producing hit movies including the award-winning U-Carmen eKhayelitsha and Confessions of a Gambler. Now with three successful Spud movies under his belt, he’s well placed to reflect on the changing face of filmmaking trends.

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Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Ugandan-born activist the youngest African to be nominated


Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen (33), founder and director of the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) has been nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. A 2011 graduate of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme, Victor has dedicated his life to rehabilitating victims of war by providing psycho-social support and life-saving healthcare.

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Explaining the African Leadership Institute - Promo Video 9"

Explaining the African Leadership Institute - Promo Video 9"

Founded in 2004 with the support of Oxford University, the African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is the continent’s premier leadership programme. Since the creation of its flagship programme – the Tutu Leadership Fellowship – which welcomes an elite group of leaders from across Africa and includes a strong focus on the values and ethics of leadership, more than 200 Tutu Fellows have been selected to complete the programme. These individuals represent a powerful network of exceptional leaders from a wide range of sectors who work with one another to extend the benefit of their learning and experiences to the broader community.  This video explains how the Institute works and why it is using leadership as a vehicle for change.

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Explaining the African Leadership Institute - Promo Video 3"

Explaining the African Leadership Institute - Promo Video 3"

Founded in 2004 with the support of Oxford University, the African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is the continent’s premier leadership programme. Since the creation of its flagship programme – the Tutu Leadership Fellowship – which welcomes an elite group of leaders from across Africa and includes a strong focus on the values and ethics of leadership, more than 200 Tutu Fellows have been selected to complete the programme. These individuals represent a powerful network of exceptional leaders from a wide range of sectors who work with one another to extend the benefit of their learning and experiences to the broader community. This video explains how the Institute works and why it is using leadership as a vehicle for change.

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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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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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Nominations for 2015 Archbishop Tutu Fellowships close 15 December 2014

Nominations for 2015 Archbishop Tutu Fellowships close 15 December 2014

The selection process for the 2015 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowships has commenced. The process is underway to identify the “movers and shakers” in the age range 25-39 across the continent who have demonstrated they have the potential to become the future leaders of Africa in government, business and civil society.

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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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James Mwangi - 2009 Tutu Fellow (Kenya)

James Mwangi is a Partner with Dalberg Global Development Advisors and the Executive Director of the Dalberg Group, a collection of impact-driven businesses that seek to champion inclusive and sustainable growth around the world.  James founded and built up Dalberg’s presence in Africa, beginning with the Johannesburg office in 2007, Nairobi in 2008, and Dakar in 2009, and served as Global Managing Partner from 2010 to 2014.

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Aidan Eyakuze - 2006 Tutu Fellow (Tanzania)

Aidan Eyakuze - 2006 Tutu Fellow (Tanzania)

Aidan Eyakuze, an economist, is a founding director of Serengeti Advisers Limited, a Tanzania-based regional advisory firm in economic and public policy, corporate finance and media analysis. He nurtures a keen intellectual and professional interest in economic policy, financial markets and emerging trends in information and communications technologies and their impact on society. He is also the Associate Regional Director of the Society for International Development (SID).

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Erik Charas - 2007 Tutu Fellow (Mozambique)

Erik Charas - 2007 Tutu Fellow (Mozambique)

Erik Charas is an African entrepreneur and an anti poverty social activist, and has an extensive background and experience in the private and public sector in sub-Saharian Africa. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Charas, LDA, a private sector company that invests in, and drives the growth of entrepreneurship in Mozambique. Charas Lda investments target the very bottom strata of society with a view to transforming the next generation and the future of Mozambicans. Charas Lda investment range from public transport, telecoms,mining, agriculture, amongst others. Charas Lda also drives the biggest affordable housing developments in Mozambique, aimed at providing entry-level homes to young professionals.

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Dr Cephas Chikanda - 2009 Tutu Fellow (Zimbabwe)

Dr Cephas Chikanda - 2009 Tutu Fellow (Zimbabwe)

A dedicated medical doctor, Cephas Chikanda has served in various capacities in both private and public sector organisations, and has worked extensively in the area of HIV/AIDS and development, human rights and health.

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