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Fellow elected as CEO of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation

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2018 Tutu Fellow and Deputy Executive Director , of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation(MRF), 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 having first joined as MRF Programme Manager in 2014. Sikuza, 33, succeeds Founding Executive Director Shaun A. Johnson, who was personally tasked, by Mr 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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Tutu Fellow appointed as Chairperson of the Board at Eduloan Zimbabwe

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2016 Fellow and Chief Executive Officer of Fundi, Tshepo Ditshego, has been appointed Chairperson of the Board at Eduloan Zimbabwe. Eduloan is a leading microfinance in Zimbabwe, offering affordable study loans to all Zimbabwean students studying at any preschool, primary, secondary, college, universities across the globe. Fundi is Eduloan's parent company.

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Fellow wins prestigious 2019 African Banker award

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2008 Fellow, Mitchell Elegbe, the Group Managing Director of Interswitch Limited, has been awarded the African Banker Icon award, at the 2019 African Banker Awards held at a prestigious Gala Dinner in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

The Awards, held annually as a co-event of the annual meetings of the African Development Bank, have established themselves as the Oscars of African banking. They celebrate excellence in banking and finance on the African continent. Elegbe’s company, Interswitch, is predicted to be Africa’s first Africa-led unicorn – a tech start up whose value exceeds $1bn.

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Fellow appointed as turnaround CEO for Ghanaian company

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2017 Fellow Rosy Fynn has been appointed as the new CEO for the 4G mobile broadband service provider, BusyInternet, effective 10th June, 2019. As CEO, Rosy is coming in to lead a turnaround of the business into a world-class telecoms service provider, which provides cutting-edge internet solutions across the country. She comes into this new role with a wealth of strategic and operational business leadership experience honed internationally and locally.  

BusyInternet started operating in Ghana in 2001 as Ghana’s first internet café with mixed-use space, hosting startup businesses and providing co-working space. It has since evolved into an internet service provider offering 4G LTE, fibre, radio and satellite internet solutions to individuals, businesses and homes.

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2013 Fellow Ifeoma Malo joins two Boards in Nigeria

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2013 Fellow Ify Malo - the CEO of Clean Technology Hub and the Country Campaign Director for Power for All in Nigeria - is sought after. She joins the Advisory Board of Extractive 360. And in April of this year, she joined the newly-constituted six-person board of the Norrenberger Financial Group.  

Extractive 360 is a specialized web-based publication that provides up-to-date reports on issues within Nigeria’s extractive industries as well as related developments across the world’s extractive industries and markets. She joins other Board members such as Sam Amadi, the former chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), who is Chairman of the e360 board. 

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International accolades for Fellow's documentary

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The latest film by 2008 Fellow, Hopewell Chin'ono, State of Mind is being received well.  Hopewell is an award-winning Zimbabwean international journalist and film maker.  His film, which deals with mental health, is being extremely well received by audiences and critics alike.  It was nominated for Best Documentary at the Heart of England Film Festival and will be screened at the film festival in June. The film was also selected for the 2019 Festival International du Film Pan-Africain de Cannes, in France, which ran from April 18th to 22nd, 2019.  It was also nominated for an award and screening at the African Film Festival in Dallas.

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Publisher appointed as a judge for writing scholarship

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2008 Fellow, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, who is a leader in the new wave of African publishing houses, has been appointed as one of the judges for the Morland Writing Scholarships 2019 alongside Muthoni Garland, and Otosirieze Obi-Young.  Bibi is the award-winning co-founder of Cassava Republic Press.

The Morland Writing Scholarship is an award given annually to African writers to enable them to work on a manuscript over a year without worrying about an income.

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Fellow appointed to Chair Kenya Film Commission by President Kenyatta

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2016 Tutu Fellow Dorothy Ghettuba Pala will be chairing the Board of the Kenya Film Commission (KFC) for the next three years.  She was appointed to the position by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 3 May 2019. The KFC was established in 2005 to develop a vibrant local film and TV industry, and to position Kenya as a preferred filming destination for sustainable wealth and job creation. The KFC, led by its CEO Timothy Owase, congratulated Dorothy Ghettuba on her appointment on Twitter.

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Two Fellows partner on first STEMCafe initiative in Nigeria

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2017 Tutu Fellows 'Bosun Tijani and Abayomi Awobokun have joined forces to develop and host the first STEMCafe, a creativity play space designed to introduce children between the ages 5-18 to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a fun and engaging way.  'Bosun started up CCHub, an innovation and technology accelerator, and Abayomi is growing a network of energy, fuel and convenience store locations across Nigeria through his company, Enyo Retail & Supply.

By providing a STEM learning environment at facilities hosted at Enyo service stations, the STEMCafe initiative leverages the assets and expertise of the two founders’ companies. Since its founding in 2017, Enyo has grown to 70 locations across the country.

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Fellow appointed Managing Director at Convergence Finance

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2014 Fellow Ladé Araba has been appointed as the Managing Director, Africa, at Convergence Finance, a global network that generates blended finance data, intelligence, and deal flow to increase private sector investment in developing countries. Prior to this, Araba was the Africa Region Representative also at Convergence Finance.

Araba is also the Co-Founder/President of the Visiola Foundation which empowers African girls and young women through education, training, and mentoring in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

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Fellow Champions Tanzania's Fight Against Plastic Waste

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2013 Fellow and Tanzania's Environment Minister January Makamba, is championing plans to ban the production, importation, sale and use of all single-use plastic bags in Tanzania by July 2019, to help tackle pollution from non-biodegradable waste.

The East African nation is the latest country to make a formal commitment to phase out single-use non-biodegradable plastics, which have been identified by the United Nations as one of the world's biggest environmental challenges. Of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic the world has produced, only 9 percent has been recycled, according to U.N. estimates.

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Sage advice from Tutu Fellow at graduation address

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2018 Fellow Judy Sikuza was the guest speaker at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Humanities graduation ceremony that took place at on 10 April 2019.  Judy, who is the Deputy Executive Director of the Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation, spoke at the first of five Faculty of Humanities graduations.  She said academic success at school and studies at an Ivy League institution had not prepared her for joblessness.

The first in her family to matriculate, and armed with an MA from Columbia University as a Fulbright Scholar, she found herself camping on a friend’s couch months after she had graduated. Application after application was rejected.  It was a humbling lesson that she, too, was not exempt from the hard blows of life, despite all her achievements.

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Two Fellows on Ugandan government technology Task Force

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Two 2012 Fellows, Arinaitwe Rugyendo, the Director of Marketing & Digital Media at Pepper Publications Limited, and Vincent Bagiire, the Permanent Secretary in the Ugandan Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and National Guidance, have been appointed by President Yoweri Museveni as part of a 32-member team of experts picked from different sectors to spearhead Uganda’s journey in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Members of this National Task Force were selected from innovation hubs, the private sector, academia, civil society, Uganda’s development partners, and the government.

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Fellow elected Vice President for Africa of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association

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2014 Fellow Linda Kasonde has been elected to a senior role on the governing body of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. She was elected Vice President for Africa in April at the Commonwealth Law Conference in Livingstone, Zambia.   She is also the first woman President of the Zambia Law Association in the country’s post-independence history.

The theme of the conference was: The Rule of Law in Retreat? Challenges for the Modern Commonwealth. This conference has always been a unique event for the commonwealth legal fraternity -  which is spread over several continents - as it offers a space to discuss topical issues they might otherwise not be able to easily do.

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