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The latest news from the African Leadership Institute and its Fellows.

AFLI Fellows are leaders and change-makers, so this section has a lot of news. Please use the icons below if you want to sort posts by category, such as: regular news posts, video posts, audio posts, by tag, or by blogger. Additionally, all text in all of the posts is fully searchable.

Kilimanjaro trek to keep girls in school

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The CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and 2014 Tutu Fellow, Sello Hatang, will once again be leading an expedition to trek Mount Kilimanjaro.  Popularly known as the Trek4Mandela, the group is scheduled to summit Kilimanjaro on July 18, in commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday.

The sponsored trek to the summit of Africa's best-known peak - which rises more than 19,000 feet above sea level - is to raise funds for a sanitary pad campaign to keep girls in school.

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Fellow with a big environmental vision for Tanzania’s future

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Tanzanian politician and 2013 Tutu Fellow, January Makamba - since his appointment as Minister of Environment and Union in President John Magufuli’s cabinet - has led initiatives and missions committed to protecting the environment. Some of the key areas he currently addresses focus on protection of forests, implementing solutions for aquatic wildlife, and addressing the prospective water crisis. His point of view regarding the environment is very much in keeping with the saying: we’ve not inherited this planet from our fathers, we’ve borrowed it from our children.

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Let’s #TalkSouthSudan with AFLI Fellows

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One of the signs that a network is effective, is an active network. Testament to this is the recent open letter to African heads of state and social media campaign about South Sudan, which was started by Fellows over coffee. The campaign aims to pressure various parties to acknowledge the human right violations, displacement crisis, and chaos in South Sudan due to factionalism within the governance structures of that young country. While the initiative stems from collaborative efforts between various Fellows, it underscored the ability of the AFLI network to drive initiatives providing solutions for the continent.

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Transitions: From AFLI Fellows to Board Members

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The African Leadership Institute is pleased to announce the appointments of Ronnie Ntuli, Lorna Irungu-Macharia, and Swaady Martin to the AFLI South Africa board.  AFLI is grateful to Funmi Iyanda, Elsie Kanza, and James Mwangi for their valuable and constructive contributions during their tenures as Board members. 

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Foundation uplifts Nigeria's displaced children

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Across the world, 1 June marks International Children’s Day. The September 20 Foundation, which was started by 2017 Fellow Abayomi Awobokun, celebrated the day with 450 displaced children at the Kuchigoro Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in Abuja, Nigeria. Children were given food and party packs.  An inflatable climbing wall gave the children a challenge they'd not had before and along with toys that were provided, a day of fun was had by all. Many of the people living in these camps have been displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram.  Several million people across Nigeria are living in IDP camps with inadequate food and in poor living conditions that impact the children the most.

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