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Fellow appointed by the United Nations to coordinate economic development in Namibia

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2008 Fellow and policy expert, Eunice Ajambo, has been appointed by the United Nations as the Development Coordination Officer/Economist(Namibia) effective January 2020.

Since March 2015, Eunice has been the Economic Affairs Officer with the Macroeconomics and Governance Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she coordinated cooperation and analysis on public-private partnerships.

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Two Fellows in New African's 100 Most Influential Africans of 2019

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2019 Fellows, Sangu Delle and Marcia Ashong, are both listed on New African Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Africans of 2019.

The two Fellows share the accolade with notables such as the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed - Ethiopia's Prime Minister - and Alaa Salah, the 22 year-old Sudanese protester and architectural student popularly referred to as ‘Lady Liberty’, who became the face of the people’s revolution in Sudan.

Two sporting heroes, Siya Kolisi, the first black captain of South Africa’s national rugby team that won the Rugby World Championship in November 2019; and Kenyan distance runner and world record breaker, Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon runner also made the list.

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Fellow to head communications at Mastercard Foundation

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2012 Tutu Fellow, TV Host and Media Executive, Julie Gichuru, has joined the Mastercard Foundation as Head of Public Affairs and Communications.  Julie has a 19-year career that spans the fields of broadcast, print, and digital media. Following the 2007 violent Kenyan elections, Julie’s peace specials resonated with viewers. In the last decade, she has focused primarily on driving conversations with African and global leaders, through a pan-African television show, Africa Leadership Dialogues and her media company Arimus Media Limited.

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Fellow joins board of directors of African financial services group, Ecsponent.

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2011 Fellow Shaka Sisulu has been appointed as an independent non-executive director to the board of directors of African financial services group, Ecsponent, with effect from 1 January 2020. Ecsponent, a JSE-listed African financial services group, acquired a 49% stake in Shaka's Truth Digital Group (Pty) Ltd, a 100% black-owned media group. Shaka has said he aims to create the largest diverse, dynamic, black-owned digital marketing group on the African Continent. 

His joining the board of Ecsponent was announced in a statement released by the financial services group on 27 November 2019.

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Fellow makes BBC 2019 100 Women list

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2009 Fellow Julie Makani has been included in the British Broadcast Corporation's list of 100 Women of 2019. The 2019 global list, compiled by the BBC, comprises 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world.  Julie, a senior lecturer in haematology and blood transfusion at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, shares the stage with climate change activist Greta Thunberg, and trans woman Nisha Ayu,b who was put into a male prison aged 21.

All on the list are considered to be driving change for women everywhere.

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Fellow Elected Vice President of National Chess Federation

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2011 Fellow Mucha Mkanganwi has been elected as Vice President of the Zimbabwe Chess Federation (ZCF). The announcement was made on the federation's Facebook page on 18 October 2019.

Mucha is the CEO and founder of Pulse Pharmaceuticals, is a passionate chess player and is the founder and chairperson of the Chessmates Chess Academy, a model chess school situated in Mount Pleasant, Harare. He started playing chess at school and developed his love for the game at a young age.

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Fellow wins top awards for advancing African Skincare Technology

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Products from an African skin care line started just two years ago by 2009 Tutu Fellow  Dr Theo Mothoa-Frendo did well against big brands in the marketplace in the 2019 Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics New Product Competition Awards which is run by the SA Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Review. 

The company she founded in 2017, African Dermal Science, makes the Uso skincare line, which reached the market in 2018.  The products are specifically formulated for Africans and the African climate. The Uso Active Day Cream won first and second runner-up in two categories where it was nominated alongside iconic and established brands. 

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Fellow's tech accelerator creates multinational African incubator

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2017 Fellow 'Bosun Tijani has announced that his Nigerian innovation center and seed-powerhouse - Co-Creation Hub - will join forces with a similar, Nairobi-based organisation called iHub. CcHub acquired iHub on 26 September 2019.

The purchase amount is undisclosed, however Tijani told TechChurch that CcHub will finance the deal out of its real-estate project in which it is building a new 10-story innovation center to replace its Herbert Macaulay Way building in Lagos. The deal will see iHub’s team become part of CcHUB’s wider central support and strategy network, whilst retaining its name and senior management structure.

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Fellow joins advisory board for university institute with focus on development issues

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2018 Fellow Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg has been appointed to the International Advisory board of The Centre for Development Research (ZEF).  Starting in 1997, ZEF is an institute of the University of Bonn, Germany, which consists of researchers who aim to find science-based solutions to development-related issues. ZEF’s research departments on Economic and Technological Change, Political and Cultural Change, and Ecology and Natural Resources Management, conduct inter- and trans-disciplinary research in, for and with emerging economies and on global issues with its collaborating research partners around the world.

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Fellow appointed to UN group fighting malnutrition

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2013 Tutu Fellow Monica Musonda has been appointed by the United Nations to join a group of 27 global leaders to spearhead the fight against malnutrition.  The appointment was made by António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, as part of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, which is committed to fighting malnutrition in all its forms.  This appointment follows another high-level position she is filling on  the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Governance and Ethics Committee.

According to the UN, one in three people on the planet suffer from malnutrition, and 149 million girls and boys are stunted.

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Fellow releases book featuring dynamic African entrepreneurs

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2019 Fellow, entrepreneur, investor and now author, Sangu Delle, is on tour for the release of his highly anticipated first book, Making Futures: Young Entrepreneurs in a Dynamic Africa. The book tells the story of a dynamic Africa through the eyes of some of its youngest and most promising entrepreneurs. A Tutu Fellow is also profiled.

The 17 entrepreneurs profiled are already shaping Africa’s future and creating prosperity for millions in fields such as healthcare and energy, film and TV, Advertising and agribusiness. 

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Fellow Appointed as Human Capital Advocate

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2018 Fellow Nozipho Mbanjwa has been appointed as a Human Capital Campaign Advocate by The World Bank and Global Citizen.  The news organisation The Education Support Forum made the announcement on their site in July.  The appointment by the World Bank and Global Citizen gives Nozipho the chance to amplify her passion for human capital development, something she has been an advocate for, particularly in Africa. 

Tthe World Bank's Human Capital Project seeks to help create the political space for national leaders to prioritize transformational human capital investments in their countries. 

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Fellow wins prestigious awards for investigative journalism

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2017 Tutu Fellow John Allan Namu has won the Media Council of Kenya's Annual Journalism Excellence Awards 2019 Journalist of the Year award as well as the Governance Reporting award in the Television category.  He has also won this year's Global Shining Light Award.  John-Allen, who is CEO of Africa Uncensored, won the awards for his investigative story titled The Profiteers. It exposes the lavish lifestyle of politicians in South Sudan and how they looted the country and stashed their wealth in Kenya and Uganda. 

In June, he also won the Trace International Prize for Profiteers in Canada, after Kenyan television refused to air the story.

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Fellow elected as CEO of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation

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2018 Tutu Fellow Judy Vatiswa Sikuza, has been announced as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 1 August 2019.  Sikuza is herself a Mandela Rhodes Scholar from the Class of 2007 (South Africa & NMMU) and is currently the MRF’s Deputy Executive Director. She originally joined as MRF Programme Manager in 2014.  Sikuza, who is 33, succeeds Founding Executive Director Shaun Johnson, who was personally tasked by Mandela to establish the Foundation in 2003.

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Fellows rally support for a Mrs South Africa entrant

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2017 Fellow Nkuli Bogopa, is one of the finalists of the Mrs South Africa pageant. Her journey has had the full support of the Tutu Fellows, who have come out in helping Nkuli realize her dream through various sponsorships.

Four Tutu Fellows that have been extremely supportive in helping Nkuli achieve her dream to become Mrs SA. Sam Mensah, founder of KISUA, sponsored Nkuli with outfits for the big day, Dr. Theo Mothoa-Frendo with USO skincare, Tshepo Ditshego, CEO of Fundi, with a silver sponsorship and, finally, Dr. Cephas Chikanda with an event sponsorship. Many other Fellows have showed their support by voting.  Nkuli is the Executive Director at Broll Property Group.

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