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Tutu Fellow premieres documentary on mental illness

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2008 Tutu Fellow Hopewell Chin’ono has premiered his new documentary film titled State of Mind on mental illness in Zimbabwe in Harare. The film by the award-winning Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker highlights an untold story of how Zimbabweans address mental illness in their communities.  The premiere opened to a packed auditorium and included the guest of honor, the minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Sekai Nzenza.  When it finished, Hopewell received a standing ovation from an emotional audience for the documentary.

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Fellow spearheading campaign against trolls and cyberbullies

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2014 Tutu Fellow, lawyer, and activist, Linda Kasonde, is spearheading a social media campaign against sexual bullying, particularly against women in politics. The campaign hashtag is #StandUpToBullying.

The cyber bullying campaign initially arose from an incident where the Zambian Minister of Information was attacked online by political party cadres within her party, because of a public pronouncement that she had made. Civil society quickly issued a statement condemning the remarks and started a social media campaign under the hashtag #IStandWithHer, condemning the harassment, particularly the sexual harassment of women politicians.

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Fellow to launch Africa chapter for medical practitioners

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2017 Tutu Fellow Dr. William Mwiti has been appointed to the Executive Leadership Committee of the Medical Affairs Professional Society (MAPS) for the EMEA Region. MAPS is the premiere non-profit global society of Medical Affairs professionals across a spectrum of fields, experience, and locales.

The Executive Leadership Committee is responsible for ensuring the Vision and Mission of MAPS is achieved in all the society’s initiatives in the geographical region comprised of Europe, including the United Kingdom, Middle East and Africa. In his role, William will be directly involved in setting up an Africa Chapter.

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Fellow runs for office in Nigeria

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2012 Tutu Fellow, and representative of the All Progressive Congress(APC) in Nigeria, Elijah Onyeagba, has secured his party’s ticket to contest in the general elections as Member of Parliament representing Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia Federal Constituency.

Elijah is an Economist by training and has an MBA in Finance with over seventeen years’ experience in commercial, corporate, retail, mortgage banking, real estate, research, marketing and leadership. He is an expert in the structuring and advisory on construction finance deals with specialty in residential/affordable housing projects. He is currently the CEO of Countrywide Housing Company (CHC).

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Fellow launches campaign to end 'silent epidemic'

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2015 Tutu Fellow and novelist, Dr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso, is spearheading a campaign which aims to bring South Africa closer to achieving zero stunting in children by 2030.

The Grow Great campaign involves young people taking “action” through social media - highlighting important issues and applying pressure on their governments to take action. The campaign also keeps tabs on countries’ funding commitments and encourages citizens to undertake volunteer work to earn rewards such as festival tickets. The campaign was invited to be part of the Global Poverty Project, which, through its Global Citizen movement, engages with pop stars and other influencers to create impactful music festivals and campaigns that aim to convince global leaders to change policies and pledge funding.

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Fellow appointed to World Bank advisory council

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2011 Tutu Fellow, Muhammad Sani Dattijo, has been appointed by The World Bank as a member of its Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement.

Dattijo, who has over a decade of experience in development policy formulation, public finance and project implementation, is currently the Commissioner for Budget and Planning in Kaduna State, Nigeria. He is responsible for designing the fiscal strategy and coordinating the implementation and monitoring of the Kaduna State budget. Prior to his appointment as a Commissioner, he was a Policy Adviser in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York and a member of the Secretary General’s core team working on Sustainable Development Goals.

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Fellow now Executive Director at Broll

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2013 Tutu Fellow Nkuli Bogopa has been appointed the Executive Director in the Office of CEO at Broll Property Group (Pty) Ltd. Nkuli was also recently appointed the Vice-President of the Black Business Council in South Africa.

Broll Property Group is one of Africa’s leading commercial property services companies, with offices in major cities and towns in South Africa as well as operations in Cameroon, Ghana, Indian Ocean Islands, Ivory coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia and provides real estate services in other African counties.

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Fellow takes on global role at education organisation

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2009 Tutu Fellow, Abimbola Pariola, has been appointed the Global Property Managing Director at Nova Pioneer. Nova Pioneer Education Group is a Pan-African independent school network offering preschool through secondary education for students from ages 3 through 19. It aims to prepare the next generation of leaders and innovators through world-class teaching methods with an emphasis on 21st century skills.

Prior to this, Abimbola was Non Executive Director at LYT architecture where she was responsible for Operations West Africa as well as business development for the overall company.

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Tutu Fellow releases new hip hop album

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2017 Archbishop Tutu Fellow and Nigerian hip hop artist and CEO of the record label, Chocolate City, Jude Abaga - also known as “M.I” - has just released a new album, which is a follow-up to his 2014 studio album, The Chairman.

His new album is titled, A Study on Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl. The new album highlights important themes of introspection and self-worth and borrows heavily from his journey on the Archbishop Tutu Programme. The album reflects M.I.’s growth as a leader and as an artist.

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Fellow featured on the cover of Forbes Africa Magazine

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2017 Archbishop Tutu Fellow Stacey Brewer made the cover of Forbes Africa magazine’s August 2018 issue, alongside businesswoman Phuti Mahanyele, as one of the “two faces that mean business”. The two South African businesswomen are corporate celebrities and the magazine features and applaudes them for disrupting the business and education industries.

Brewer's vision was to build a network of schools that offers affordable quality education. In the venture, called SPARK Schools, she and her co-founder mix traditional classroom learning with computer-aided learning in a model known as "blend learning"

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Fellow a finalist in Young Business Leader of 2018 award

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2017 Tutu Fellow Natalie Jabangwe has been recognized as one of the Southern Africa finalists for the Young Business Leader of the Year Award in this years 8th annual All Africa Business Leaders Awards, or AABLA. AABLA, in partnership with CNBC Africa, honour remarkable leadership and salute business game changers in Africa for their commitment to excellence as well as developing best practices and innovative strategies.

AABLA says ‘Winners of the Awards exemplify the best in African Leadership. They epitomize the core values of a successful leader, strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight – values that are imperative to carving out powerful business in a Pan-African and global economy’

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Tutu Fellows pay it forward on Mandela Day

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Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July represents an opportunity for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world. This year would have marked the 100th birthday of the struggle icon, and the Tutu Fellows joined the world to take part in the many important social activities commemorating this day; both as a collective and in their own capacities, within their communities.

The Fellows and AFLI joined forces with the Nelson Mandela Foundation - of which the CEO is 2014 Tutu Fellow, Sello Hatang - to take part in a building project championed by Habitat for Humanity in Orange Farm, a small community just south of Johannesburg. 

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Tutu Fellow commemorates two African Icons through fashion

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2014 Tutu Fellow and Founder of the KISUA fashion brand, Samuel Mensah, this year embarked in two major collaborations to celebrate and honour the centenary legacies of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

Kisua, together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, launched the 466/64 clothing line, which derives its name from Madiba’s prison number to commemorate what would have been Mandela’s 100th birthday. Sam’s collaborative project began four years ago when he met Sello Hatang, the current CEO of the foundation, when they were both part of the Class of 2014 Tutu Fellowship Programme in 2014.

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Fellows collaborate on Africa Innovation Summit

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A strong group of Tutu Fellows have worked tirelessly and volunteered their time in the production of the forthcoming  Africa Innovation Summit which will take place from June 6-8, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda. The patrons of the event are President Paul Kagame and the former President of Cabo Verde, Pedro Pires.  The 2018 Summit will be a multifaceted event that will bring together stakeholders from various sectors, including decision-makers to seek innovative and disruptive solutions for the challenges facing African countries.

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Lorna Irungu to lead premiere African communications agency

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2010 Tutu Fellow Lorna Irungu–Macharia has been appointed new Managing Director of The Gina Din Group, Africa's most-awarded communications agency. Lorna, who prior to taking on this role ran her own boutique communications firm, brings deep industry experience to the role. With more than 20 years of work experience, Lorna is well versed in media and event management, crisis communication, strategy, and brand development. Her work has focused on clients with a strong social impact mission across private, public and social sectors and is a key part of experience she will be bringing to the role.

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