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Landry Signe selected for prestigious top 10 list

Landry Signe selected for prestigious top 10 list

Tutu Fellow Landry Signe has been recognized as one of the Junior Chamber International's 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World. The recognition is for his 'innovative actions, extraordinary achievement, and dedication to serving others', and to 'creating sustainable impact in his community, in Africa and across the globe'.   The award was bestowed on him during JCI's International World Congress on 7 November 2015 in Kanazawa, Japan.  JCI members and active citizens from around the world voted online to participate in selecting the 2015 honorees and more than 26,000 votes were cast.

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Tutu Fellow joins U.N. Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council

Tutu Fellow joins U.N. Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council

Tutu Fellow James Mwangi has been appointed to the United Nations' Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council.  The announcement, which took place in Dubai on 24 October 2015, was made by Rick Parnell, the COO of the foundation. The council is comprised of leading entrepreneurs from around the world to incorporate innovation and sustainable economic growth to support the newly adopted U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.  Parnell said that a multi-sector, integrated approach was needed over the 15 years to accomplish the sustainable development goals.  He said that the newly appointed council members would bring a wealth of "experience, accomplishments and global reach to help the Foundation support the UN as it tackles that challenge."

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Beasts of No Nation on the big screen

Beasts of No Nation on the big screen

2015 Tutu Fellow Uzodinma Iweala's novel Beasts of No Nation has been adapted for the big screen and released internationally by Netflix. The film was first screened at the Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Marcello Mastroianni Award and then subsequently at the Toronto International Film Festival before being picked up by Netflix and released globally. The story is of the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country recruited into a unit of guerilla fighers and haunted by the death of his father, shot by militants.  Iweala's novel was first published in 2005 and is available on Amazon. The novel received strong reviews from critics.

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Tutu Fellow awarded Commonwealth 2015 Youth Worker of the Year

Tutu Fellow awarded Commonwealth 2015 Youth Worker of the Year

The 2011 Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen has been named Commonwealth Youth Worker of the Year for 2015.  The award was announced at a ceremony in London on 5 November 2015.  Ochen and his organization, AYINET, was one of five outstanding youth workers recognised by the Commonwealth for their efforts to support young people in building peace.  Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: "The contribution of youth workers is vital to community cohesion and nation building. Their impact on individual development and public wellbeing is beyond measure – but not beyond recognition."

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Victor Ochen addresses UN General Assembly on ending hunger

Victor Ochen addresses UN General Assembly on ending hunger

Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen addressed the United Nation General Assembly at a high-level event  called “Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger,” in which he recounted surviving seven years of childhood having only one meal a day. He did not just know about hunger from books, he knew hunger from experience, he told the event, which also featured Brazilian footballer and WFP Ambassador against Hunger, Kaká and UN leader, Ban Ki-Moon.  Ochen's organization AYINET continues to deal with the challenge of hunger as it works with victims of war.

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Tutu Alumnus to lead the Ugandan Football Super League

Tutu Alumnus to lead the Ugandan Football Super League

2012 Associate Tutu Fellow Arinaitwe Rugyendo has been appointed Chairman of the Ugandan Football Super League.  He takes over from Hajji Abbas Kaawaase, whose term had expired.  Although he says he has relatively little football administration experience, Rugyendo represents The Saints Football Club and been part of the Uganda Cranes initiative, which raises funds for the national team.

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James Mworia wins East Africa Businessman of the Year Award

James Mworia wins East Africa Businessman of the Year Award

2012 Tutu Fellow James Mworia is the 2015 AABLA East Africa Business Person of the Year.  AABLA is short for All African Business Leaders Awards.  The award celebrates a commitment to excellence and continued innovation in business practice and strategy.  Mworia beat four other contenders, all leading business people in their own right, for the award.  The finalists are vetted by a panel of judges drawn from across different fields in business and a key criteria used is transformational leadership on the continent.

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Craig Wing 2015 Tutu Fellow (South Africa)

Craig Wing is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  Wing is the CEO of Wingnuts Solutions helping businesses create a performance culture to drive bottom line and increase employee retention.

In this video, Craig Wing talks about the quality of the 2015 Class of Tutu Fellows and what he's learned from them.

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Frederick Murimi Ngari 2015 Tutu Fellow (Kenya)

Frederick Murimi Ngari is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  Fred is the Corporate Affairs Director & Group Company Secretary for Centum Investment Company, East Africa’s largest quoted Investment Company, currently invested in Financial Services, Energy, Real Estate, FMCG and Agribusiness.

In this video, Ngari suggests the Tutu Fellows network links people across the continent and provides a network for positive change.

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Munyaradzi Murape 2015 Tutu Fellow (Zimbabwe)

Munyaradzi Murape is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  He is the Deputy CEO and Chief Banking Officer, Southern Heritage Limited.  SHL is a financial services start-up whose objective is to acquire, restructure and manage undervalued small and medium enterprises that focus on the financial service industried.

In this video, Munyaradzi argues that becoming more socially conscious may prompt different leadership decision making for the Tutu Fellows in future.

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Theresia Ott 2015 Tutu Fellow (South Africa)

Theresia Ott is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  Theresia heads up the world-renowned best practice rehabilitation program at Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM).  At RBM, Theresia manages over 3,000 hectares of rehabilitated land in a rural setting, she leads a team of five contractors that employ over 100 employees from local communities to rehabilitate mined land.  She also  advises the company regarding biodiversity concerns, breaking down walls between stakeholders to drive land use planning initiatives to secure sustainable futures for people and the environment.

In this video, Theresia states that accountability of governance is likely to be a key element in the impact that Tutu Fellows will have over the next 20 years.

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Uzodinma Iweala 2015 Tutu Fellow (Nigeria)

Uzodinma Chukuka Iweala is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  He is CEO and Editor-In-Chief of Ventures Africa Magazine; a publication on business and entrepreneurship in Africa.  He is also a co-founder of Txtlite Nigeria Ltd, a company that provides pay-as-you go solar solutions across Nigeria.

In this video, Uzodinma suggests Tutu Fellows are already impacting Africa in a positive way, both this class and previous classes, and will continue to do so despite the steep challenges facing the continent.

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Landry Signe 2015 Tutu Fellow (Cameroon)

Landry Signe is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  He is the founder and chief executive officer of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity and a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies.  He is also a special adviser to global leaders on African affairs and development issues.

In this video, Landry Signe argues that Tutu Fellows are already changing Africa and are going to have a major impact on the continent in future.

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Nigeria's IT Ambassador

Nigeria's IT Ambassador

2007 Tutu Fellow Gbenga Sesan has been featured in an Al Jazeera special that looks into the impact he is having on young people in slums in Nigeria, teaching them Information Technology skills.  With more than 50% of youth in Nigeria unemployed, having IT skills is a massive leg up in a digital world.

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Stylish entrepreneurship

Stylish entrepreneurship

2014 Tutu Fellow Samuel Mensah has been featured on CNN Style in a frank interview about his fashion company Kisua.  In it, he explains his transformation from being a suit at an investment fund to rolling the dice and starting up a fashion company.

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