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Fellow premieres powerful film on child brides

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2018 Tutu Fellow Omoni Oboli premiered her latest movie, Wings of a Dove, in Los Angeles, California, in February 2019, as part of the ongoing Pan African Film Festival, much to the audience’s delight. The Award winning actress has proven herself to be a powerhouse in the Nollywood industry, and is ready to take the message of her new movie to every corner of the world. 

Her movie, which deals with child marriage, brought the audience to its feet for a standing ovation. It is an emotionally-charged story of two young Northern Nigerian girls who are married off to much older men at the age of 13 and 14 years of age, but all they want is the freedom to be children. The movie takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster ride, tackling issues like the loss of childhood innocence; the consequences of being in a forced, arranged marriage; and the hopes and dreams of a future that is stolen from them.

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Tutu Fellow serving on the U.N. Development Policy Committee

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2011 Tutu Fellow Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa has been appointed to the United Nations Committee for Development Policy. She joins 23 other experts. 

The Comittee for Development Policy is a subsidiary of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and advises the Council on a wide range of issues that are relevant for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 24 members who serve on the committee are nominated in their personal capacity by the U.N. Secretary-General and are appointed by ECOSOC to reflect a wide range of development experience as well as geographical and gender balance.

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Fellow Appointed as CEO of FUNDI

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2016 Tutu Fellow, Tshepo Ditshego, has been appointed as the CEO of Fundi, a fintech group across South Africa and Zimbabwe that offers technology services related to education like educational loans, bursary management and cashless payment solutions for schools. 

A play on the African word 'fundi', which means a learned person and the association with funding, Fundi is a leading education finance organisation in Southern Africa.  Access to finance to fund an education is a barrier many potential students face.

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Fellow elected as Board Member of Save the Children Africa Advisory Board

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2018 Fellow Temi Marcella Awogboro has been elected as one of the Board Members of Save the Children Africa Advisory Board. 

Save the Children is a global fund that was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 in order to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.

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New Kisua store opens in the mother city

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2014 Tutu Fellow Samuel Mensah, the founder and CEO of Kisua, has opened his second store at the Waterfront, in Cape town, South Africa. This comes just a few months after his collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Albertina Sisulu family on their Centenary lines.  Samuel has created a business providing a quality product with a strong brand that's available anywhere in the world. Seeing as the production is done in Cape town, it seemed ideal to also open a store in the mother city. 'Kisua' means 'Well-dressed person' in Swahili.  

Sam Mensah said that a spark behind Kisua was the appropriation of African design and fashion in London, Paris and New York while not bringing any jobs, income or benefits to Africans. 

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Fellow addresses US Africa Command military leadership

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2014 Tutu Fellow Mireille Tushiminina has given a keynote address to the US military Africa Command leadership (AFRICOM) in Garnish, Germany, where she spoke about the socio-economic dimension of conflict in African fragile states and the dire need for security reform. She was joined on stage by United States Marine Corps General Thomas D. Waldhauser, who is the fourth Commander of the United States Africa Command.

Addressing an small, select audience consisting of the senior US Africa Command leadership, people from the US State department and USAID, some spouses, and other diplomatic corps officials, Mireille’s half-hour keynote speech was part of an initiative aimed at understanding how Africans perceive the military and other security forces.

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Fellow wins Anti-Corruption Award

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2010 Tutu Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey was celebrated as one of two winners of the 3rd annual International Anti-Corruption Excellence (ACE) Awards, in the Anti-Corruption Academic Research And Education category. The ceremony took place at the Putrajaya International Convention Center in Malaysia, on December 7th, 2018.

The award was established to shine a light on the fight against corruption across the world. Pailey's position has long been that in the fight against corruption, it is vital to begin educating the next generation as early as possible, and it was part of why she wrote children's books about the subject, Gbagba and Jaadeh.  Only eight winners were recognised at the event.

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Tutu Fellow raises R99,000 for children’s orchestra

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2013 Tutu Fellow Nkuli Bogopa raised R99,000.00 for the children’s orchestra at St. Matthews School in Soweto, all in a space of two weeks.  On 4 November 2018, thanks to Nkuli's organizing skills and working closely with Sister Berchmans of the Catholic Sisters of Mercy,  the children performed at the Houghton Golf Club.  It was an unforgettable experience for both the children and the audience.

Nkuli says that this came about from an idea she had when she reached a birthday milestone.

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Four Fellows selected for Choiseul Africa 2018 list

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Tutu Fellows Lynette Ntuli, Natalie Jabangwe, Ada Osakwe and Bright Simons have been selected for the Choiseul Africa 100 list of laureates for 2018.

Through an annual study that was independently carried out over several months by the Institut Choiseul, Choiseul 100 Africa – the Economic Leaders for Tomorrow, honors those exceptional entrepreneurs who contribute to the renewing of the African economic governance. It identifies and ranks young African leaders of 40 years old and below. 

The identification and ranking process took weighted criteria into account that included reputation, background and skills, influence networks, potential, and leadership.

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Tutu Fellow gives light to new Nelson Mandela Bay Precinct

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The 2014 Tutu Fellow and chief architect at Makeka Design Lab, Mokena Makeka, has led a design vision and consortium to win a bid to design a new precinct for Nelson Mandela Bay.  Nelson Mandela Bay is an area in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in South Africa's Eastern Cape.  The project is to redevelop the area and simultaneously honour Madiba’s contribution to South Africa, as well as elevate the city’s status as a hub for socio-economic transformation, tourism and employment opportunities.

The city hosted a competition open to all South Africans to submit their ideas, but it was Mokena's Nelson Mandela Bay Tower of Light concept that ultimately won.

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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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