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What went wrong in Burkina Faso

What went wrong in Burkina Faso

The Washington Post has published a lengthy article by 2015 Tutu Fellow Landry Signe on the most recent coup in Burkina Faso, just a few weeks before a democratic presidential election. In it, he outlines some of the signals people should watch for when it comes to the successful transfer of power in Africa.

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Essay: Obama and the recipe for leadership in Africa

Essay: Obama and the recipe for leadership in Africa

This essay by Samah Salman uses U.S. President Barack Obama's 2015 visit to East Africa as a vehicle to uncover some of his observations on African leadership.  It is one of the many excellent essays submitted by Fellows this year.  The essays form part of the African Leadership Institute’s annual Tutu Fellows Leadership programme.

Salman looks at Obama’s admiration for and critique of African traditions through the lens of leadership. Using his visit as a point of departure, Salman argues that bad leadership in Africa is no longer political, but cultural. Conversely, good leadership can be fostered as a cultural opportunity. She makes the case that in order for Africa’s demographic dividend to materialize, the path to consistent, good leadership will require education to be a transformational element for this kind of socio-cultural shift.

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Victor Ochen addresses UN General Assembly on ending hunger

Victor Ochen addresses UN General Assembly on ending hunger

Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen addressed the United Nation General Assembly at a high-level event  called “Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger,” in which he recounted surviving seven years of childhood having only one meal a day. He did not just know about hunger from books, he knew hunger from experience, he told the event, which also featured Brazilian footballer and WFP Ambassador against Hunger, Kaká and UN leader, Ban Ki-Moon.  Ochen's organization AYINET continues to deal with the challenge of hunger as it works with victims of war.

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Tutu Alumnus to lead the Ugandan Football Super League

Tutu Alumnus to lead the Ugandan Football Super League

2012 Associate Tutu Fellow Arinaitwe Rugyendo has been appointed Chairman of the Ugandan Football Super League.  He takes over from Hajji Abbas Kaawaase, whose term had expired.  Although he says he has relatively little football administration experience, Rugyendo represents The Saints Football Club and been part of the Uganda Cranes initiative, which raises funds for the national team.

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2015 Tutu Leadership Programme - a life-changing success

2015 Tutu Leadership Programme - a life-changing success

The 2015 Tutu Fellows celebrated the completion of the five-month leadership programme and the award of Tutu Fellowship certificates at a high-spirited party hosted by Trustee Lord Hacking at his home in London on 11th September.  The event embodied the welcome of the newest alumni into the family of Tutu Fellows, which now number 225 emerging leaders across 34 African countries.

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James Mworia wins East Africa Businessman of the Year Award

James Mworia wins East Africa Businessman of the Year Award

2012 Tutu Fellow James Mworia is the 2015 AABLA East Africa Business Person of the Year.  AABLA is short for All African Business Leaders Awards.  The award celebrates a commitment to excellence and continued innovation in business practice and strategy.  Mworia beat four other contenders, all leading business people in their own right, for the award.  The finalists are vetted by a panel of judges drawn from across different fields in business and a key criteria used is transformational leadership on the continent.

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Craig Wing 2015 Tutu Fellow (South Africa)

Craig Wing is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  Wing is the CEO of Wingnuts Solutions helping businesses create a performance culture to drive bottom line and increase employee retention.

In this video, Craig Wing talks about the quality of the 2015 Class of Tutu Fellows and what he's learned from them.

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Frederick Murimi Ngari 2015 Tutu Fellow (Kenya)

Frederick Murimi Ngari is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  Fred is the Corporate Affairs Director & Group Company Secretary for Centum Investment Company, East Africa’s largest quoted Investment Company, currently invested in Financial Services, Energy, Real Estate, FMCG and Agribusiness.

In this video, Ngari suggests the Tutu Fellows network links people across the continent and provides a network for positive change.

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Munyaradzi Murape 2015 Tutu Fellow (Zimbabwe)

Munyaradzi Murape is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  He is the Deputy CEO and Chief Banking Officer, Southern Heritage Limited.  SHL is a financial services start-up whose objective is to acquire, restructure and manage undervalued small and medium enterprises that focus on the financial service industried.

In this video, Munyaradzi argues that becoming more socially conscious may prompt different leadership decision making for the Tutu Fellows in future.

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Theresia Ott 2015 Tutu Fellow (South Africa)

Theresia Ott is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  Theresia heads up the world-renowned best practice rehabilitation program at Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM).  At RBM, Theresia manages over 3,000 hectares of rehabilitated land in a rural setting, she leads a team of five contractors that employ over 100 employees from local communities to rehabilitate mined land.  She also  advises the company regarding biodiversity concerns, breaking down walls between stakeholders to drive land use planning initiatives to secure sustainable futures for people and the environment.

In this video, Theresia states that accountability of governance is likely to be a key element in the impact that Tutu Fellows will have over the next 20 years.

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Uzodinma Iweala 2015 Tutu Fellow (Nigeria)

Uzodinma Chukuka Iweala is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  He is CEO and Editor-In-Chief of Ventures Africa Magazine; a publication on business and entrepreneurship in Africa.  He is also a co-founder of Txtlite Nigeria Ltd, a company that provides pay-as-you go solar solutions across Nigeria.

In this video, Uzodinma suggests Tutu Fellows are already impacting Africa in a positive way, both this class and previous classes, and will continue to do so despite the steep challenges facing the continent.

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Landry Signe 2015 Tutu Fellow (Cameroon)

Landry Signe is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  He is the founder and chief executive officer of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity and a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies.  He is also a special adviser to global leaders on African affairs and development issues.

In this video, Landry Signe argues that Tutu Fellows are already changing Africa and are going to have a major impact on the continent in future.

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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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