As many of the continent’s leaders start to wind down for the holiday season, we should take time to reflect upon a turbulent year which has really challenged the continent’s leaders in all spheres of activity. The euphoria of the bullish “Africa Rising” scenario was shattered by collapsing energy and commodity prices, sluggish global growth, and unresolved terrorist activities. Leaders who failed to utilise the good times to build a broader-based economy more resilient to adverse forces, but rather wasted the opportunities through inefficiency, corruption and short-term thinking, now find their countries and organisations facing difficult times and a public increasingly vocal against bad leadership.
The latest news from the African Leadership Institute and its Fellows.
AFLI Fellows are leaders and change-makers, so this section has a lot of news. Please use the icons below if you want to sort posts by category, such as: regular news posts, video posts, audio posts, by tag, or by blogger. Additionally, all text in all of the posts is fully searchable.
Tutu Fellow Eunice Ajambo has received the 2015 Global Female Leadership Impact Award by the Center for Economic and Leadership Development. She was also inducted into the Global Women Leaders Hall of Fame. The award and the induction was conferred by the Center for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD) in partnership with the CEO Clubs Network Worldwide, and the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women), USA. The event took place at the the South America-Africa-Middle East-Asia Women's Summit in Dubai in November.
The Tutu Fellows and AFLI’s network of contacts across the continent have been very active over the last couple of months, seeking and identifying Africa’s highest potential emerging leaders to nominate them for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship. The Tutu Leadership programme is arguably the best leadership programme designed specifically for Africa’s emerging leaders in the age range 25-39 from all sectors of society, and as such, the all-expenses paid Fellowship is a highly sought after award. Only once candidates have been nominated may they submit an application for the Fellowship.
In less than a fortnight, South African President Jacob Zuma has fired two finance ministers from his cabinet. The first was Nhlanhla Nene, who resisted Zuma's excesses and was replaced with little-known David van Rooyen who was expected to rubber stamp Zuma's wishes. World markets reacted immediately, causing the Rand to fall precipitously and the stock market to tumble.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has issued a stern warning to South African President Jacob Zuma and the ruling ANC. The Nobel Peace laureate and patron of the African Leadership Institute told the ANC from a place of love that they were behaving in a way that was totally at variance with the things for which the country stood for. He accused the ANC government of being worse than the Apartheid government, saying that it was acting in its own interest only and not that of the nation. He bluntly told them to 'watch out' or fall in the way leaders had during the Arab Spring.
The full video clip is on YouTube.
2010 Tutu Fellow Bright Simons is being called a champion of safe medicine in Africa. The social entrepreneur and policy activist has developed software that enables consumers to instantly verify the authenticity of medicine they buy. The person buying the medicine enters a code on the medicine at the point of sale on their mobile phone and gets a reply confirming if the medicine they are getting is authentic or not.
Ten Tutu Fellows attended the annual governance conference organized by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which took place in Accra, Ghana, in November 2015. The theme of the 2015 conference was African urban dynamics. A central goal of the foundation is to put governance at the centre of any conversation on African development. It holds that effective governance and leadership are key to improving the quality of life of Africans.
Tutu Fellow January Makamba has been appointed to the Tanzanian cabinet as the Minister of State in the Vice President's Office for Union Affairs and Environment. The MP for the constituency of Bumbuli was previously a Deputy Minister of Communication, Science and Technology and was also the youngest candidate to run for the position of President in the country. As one of five presidential candidates, he beat several of his party's veterans, including former Prime Ministers and party veterans. He lost the party nomination eventually to Dr. John Magufuli, who went on to win the election and become President. Among his responsibilities in his new position will be to manage the somewhat sensitive union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar.
Tutu Fellow Landry Signe has been recognized as one of the Junior Chamber International's 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. The recognition is for his 'innovative actions, extraordinary achievement, and dedication to serving others', and to 'creating sustainable impact in his community, in Africa and across the globe'. The award was bestowed on him during JCI's International World Congress on 7 November 2015 in Kanazawa, Japan. JCI members and active citizens from around the world voted online to participate in selecting the 2015 honorees and more than 26,000 votes were cast.
Tutu Fellow Linda Kasonde shared an article with AFLI that has been posted to the online magazine, The Alchemist. The article is on page 19 of the publication, along with a number of other articles of interest, but if you don't want to click through, the full text follows below.
Tutu Fellow James Mwangi has been appointed to the United Nations' Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council. The announcement, which took place in Dubai on 24 October 2015, was made by Rick Parnell, the COO of the foundation. The council is comprised of leading entrepreneurs from around the world to incorporate innovation and sustainable economic growth to support the newly adopted U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Parnell said that a multi-sector, integrated approach was needed over the 15 years to accomplish the sustainable development goals. He said that the newly appointed council members would bring a wealth of "experience, accomplishments and global reach to help the Foundation support the UN as it tackles that challenge."
2015 Tutu Fellow Uzodinma Iweala's novel Beasts of No Nation has been adapted for the big screen and released internationally by Netflix. The film was first screened at the Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Marcello Mastroianni Award and then subsequently at the Toronto International Film Festival before being picked up by Netflix and released globally. The story is of the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country recruited into a unit of guerilla fighers and haunted by the death of his father, shot by militants. Iweala's novel was first published in 2005 and is available on Amazon. The novel received strong reviews from critics.
The 2011 Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen has been named Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year for 2015. The award was announced at a ceremony in London on 5 November 2015. Ochen and his organization, AYINET, was one of five outstanding youth workers recognised by the Commonwealth for their efforts to support young people in building peace. Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: "The contribution of youth workers is vital to community cohesion and nation building. Their impact on individual development and public wellbeing is beyond measure – but not beyond recognition."
The Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Tutu Fellow, Sello Hatang, has found hope in the violence-plagued student protests in South Africa. In an article published in Business Day, he makes the case that while the physical violence during the student protests is worrying, the #FeesMustFall movement is cause for hope.
The following is an open letter by co-Founder Peter Wilson to Tutu Fellows and alumni and announced the annual fundraising drive to support the ongoing work of the African Leadership Institute:
The Tutu Fellowship programme has given you a world class leadership learning experience and entry into a network of amazing young African leaders – a unique bond of fellowship that links and supports like-minded leaders who are making a difference on the continent.