To Peter, Sean, Jacob, Jackie, Jessica, Charles, Lord Hacking, Ronnie, Karen, Allen, and the rest of the faculty:

You called upon us to embark on a journey into the realm of human possibilities. In this short yet intense adventure, we stopped at many stations. We traversed the rich and complex jungles of leadership, negotiating between the charismatic and the inspirational, and wondered whether something “straight” would come out of the “crooked timber of humanity”. We encountered, with thoughts raised high, the wicked problems of how to effect change at the continent, pondered over “Africa’s critical choices”, and explored opportunities to use trade to bring prosperity to our continent.

We were not fortunate to meet the Archbishop in flesh. However, we were able to touch his soul; to be lifted to a place where we can gaze at the transcendent and enjoy the beauties of life. Beauties that are often disturbed by the Robben Islands we create and propagate in our world.

A brave new world awaits us. A world full of promises and challenges. As young leaders, we need to harness those opportunities for the good of Africa. We need to act with urgency before the window of opportunity is closed.

Like a “natural child”, we enjoyed every bit of the journey. We were filled with joy, excitement, and a sense of wonder. Yet as adults we carry the responsibility to continue our paths to excellence, to “cultivate courage”, build communities, and reach out to each other.

Africa’s time to be at the center stage of humanity has come. Victor Hugo said: “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” You have chosen us to participate in this prestigious fellowship. It is now our turn to make choices that would help fulfill the dreams of our beautiful continent. Thank you. It was an honor to be amongst you and thank you for making it possible for us all.

Mohamed Osman
Class of 2019

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.