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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 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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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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Fellows raise donations for relief aid for Cyclone Idai

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Tutu Fellows came together and made donations to assist in the relief of victims of the catastrophic Cyclone Idai. Cyclone Idai swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction, and killing more than 1,300 people. Strong winds and widespread flooding ripped apart roads, bridges, houses, schools and health facilities and submerged vast swathes of agricultural land. It was the deadliest tropical cyclone recorded in the South West Indian basin, making landfall in Mozambique in April.

2014 Fellow Linda Kasonde rallied the Fellows behind this immediate cause, raising more than a thousand Pounds Sterling. Inspired by the Tutu Fellows efforts, billionaire businessman, philanthropist and founder of Econet Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa, offered to triple the donation raised by the Fellows. Strive is a former Chairman of the AFLI South Africa 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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