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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.

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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Student protests: a moment to listen and reflect

Student protests: a moment to listen and reflect

The Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Tutu Fellow, Sello Hatang, has found hope in the violence-plagued student protests in South Africa.  In an article published in Business Day, he makes the case that while the physical violence during the student protests is worrying, the  #FeesMustFall movement is cause for hope.

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What went wrong in Burkina Faso

What went wrong in Burkina Faso

The Washington Post has published a lengthy article by 2015 Tutu Fellow Landry Signe on the most recent coup in Burkina Faso, just a few weeks before a democratic presidential election. In it, he outlines some of the signals people should watch for when it comes to the successful transfer of power in Africa.

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Essay: Obama and the recipe for leadership in Africa

Essay: Obama and the recipe for leadership in Africa

This essay by Samah Salman uses U.S. President Barack Obama's 2015 visit to East Africa as a vehicle to uncover some of his observations on African leadership.  It is one of the many excellent essays submitted by Fellows this year.  The essays form part of the African Leadership Institute’s annual Tutu Fellows Leadership programme.

Salman looks at Obama’s admiration for and critique of African traditions through the lens of leadership. Using his visit as a point of departure, Salman argues that bad leadership in Africa is no longer political, but cultural. Conversely, good leadership can be fostered as a cultural opportunity. She makes the case that in order for Africa’s demographic dividend to materialize, the path to consistent, good leadership will require education to be a transformational element for this kind of socio-cultural shift.

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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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2015 Tutu Leadership Programme - a life-changing success

2015 Tutu Leadership Programme - a life-changing success

The 2015 Tutu Fellows celebrated the completion of the five-month leadership programme and the award of Tutu Fellowship certificates at a high-spirited party hosted by Trustee Lord Hacking at his home in London on 11th September.  The event embodied the welcome of the newest alumni into the family of Tutu Fellows, which now number 225 emerging leaders across 34 African countries.

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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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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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Emerging Tanzanian Presidential candidate on leadership

Emerging Tanzanian Presidential candidate on leadership

Tanzanian Presidential candidate and 2013 Tutu classmember, January Makamba gives his thoughts on leadership and an optimistic future for Africa in this interview. He would like to see an Africa that is dynamic, self-reliant and proud, and respected as such on the international stage. He emphasises that the role young Africans and, in particular, young African leaders play in shaping this future of Africa will be vital.

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Essay: The Challenge of Leadership and the Poverty of Ambition

Essay: The Challenge of Leadership and the Poverty of Ambition

The following essay, titled "Just another African country: the challenge of leadership in Zambia and the poverty of ambition", was written by Tutu Fellow Linda Kasonde.  It examines African leadership and more specifically, leadership in Zambia, as the country recently celebrated its 50th independence anniversary.

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The 'servant leader' - Archbishop Tutu's Mandela Day message

The 'servant leader' - Archbishop Tutu's Mandela Day message

African Leadership Institute patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, recorded an inspirational message for the 2015 Mandela Day. Mandela Day is an annual day, celebrating the former South African President, Nelson Mandela's birthday. In his message, he showed how Nelson Mandela's approach of servant leadership could be a model for all to follow.

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Uganda's President endorses Tutu Fellow for Nobel Peace Prize

Uganda's President endorses Tutu Fellow for Nobel Peace Prize

Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen has been endorsed for the 2015 Nobel Peace prize by Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni.  Ochen and the organisation he founded, African Youth Initiative (AYINET), was jointly nominated earlier this year by the American Friends Service Committee.  In it's nomination letter, the AFSC highlighted the impact of the conflict between the government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army.  Millions of people have been detrimentally affected, including Ochen, who was a childhood victim of the war.

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