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.
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The following essay was submitted by Tutu Fellow Uzodinma Iweala as a thought piece for the 2015 Tutu Leadership Programme and garnered a second place. In it, he asks what it is to be a Nigerian and what are the common threads, the common narratives - myths, if you wish - that all Nigerians need to create and sustain a common nationality.
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.
AFLI is pleased to announce the 24 candidates selected for the 2016 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme, including the 5 candidates nominated by our sponsoring organisations – AGCO, Centum Investments, GSK, Investec and Rio Tinto – without whose generous support this incredible programme would not exist. There were 305 top-quality nominations from 32 countries for a slot in this prestigious programme, and inevitably there will be many disappointed, excellent candidates. The programme has developed a reputation as the foremost leadership programme designed specifically for Africa’s next-generation leaders, and as such is attracting Africa’s highest-calibre emerging leaders from all sectors. Competition is fierce for a place on the programme. It is evident from reviewing the applications that Africa is blessed with a very rich set of top-quality young leaders who have the potential to lead the continent to a bright future, and who are already doing amazing things.
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.
This is a reminder that the applications for consideration for the 2016 African Leadership Programme must have been received by AFLI by 15 January 2016, a strict deadline.
We are often asked what impact the African Leadership Institute and the Tutu Fellowship Programme are having on the development of Africa. Measurement of the success of leadership programmes is extremely difficult.