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Bilha Ndirangu interviewed by Lanre Akinola on COP27

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2022 Tutu Fellow Bilha Ndirangu was interviewed by the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) on their COP27 podcast series ahead of COP27 that ran from 6-18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. COP27 is short for the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In the interview, Bilha takes a look at how Africa can make the most of COP27, and consider whether this is indeed 'Africa's COP', or just COP in Africa. The podcast host for the series is journalist and 2014 Tutu Fellow, Lanre Akinola.

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Fellows renewable investment snapped up by Shell

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2013 Tutu Fellow Danladi Verheijen has shared that oil giant Shell has bought the Daystar Power Group, a company backed by Verod in 2019. Verod Capital Management is a private equity firm that 2022 Fellow, Eric Idiahi  co-founded with Danladi.  As a result of their collaboration, Daystar Power has evolved to become the leading solar player in Nigeria.

Daystar provides off-grid power to commercial and industrial clients in Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo, offering solar and hybrid power solutions with battery storage. It has 300 power installations with solar capacity of 32 megawatts.

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Bilha Ndirangu named to inaugural Yale Climate Leaders Program

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2022 Tutu Fellow Bilha Ndirangu has been named to the inaugural cohort of young climate practitioners of the Yale Emerging Climate Leaders Fellowship program.

This eight-month program offers an opportunity for 16 young climate and clean energy practitioners from across the Global South to broaden their technical skills, deepen their professional networks, and exchange views with top global clean energy and climate change leaders.

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The Class of 2022 graduates in London

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14 September this year marked the graduation of the Tutu Class of 2022 - in a historic year when two classes graduated in one year as a result of the COVID-delayed Class of 2020.

A remarkable group of accomplished leaders, the Class of 2022 chose a momentous week to be in the UK, as their Oxford-London retreat coincided with the death of Queen Elizabeth II. While this had some unfortunate implications - including missing out on time with Baroness Amos and being unable to visit the Houses of Parliament, which closed for a week of mourning - it did give us a front row seat to a truly historic moment.

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Class of 2022 attends Mont Fleur Workshop

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The Class of 2022 attended the first workshop of the Tutu Leadership Programme in Mont Fleur in April, returning AFLI to its normal programmatic year after a year in hiatus due to COVID. 

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The Tutu Fellowship Class of 2022

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The African Leadership Institute is pleased to announce the Associates who have been selected for the 2022 Class of the Tutu Fellowship programme. As has been the case with previous cohorts, the people selected are exceptional emerging African leaders. AFLI received more than 330 nominations of outstanding quality from across Africa, from which the cohort was selected. They are from the following countries: Cameroon, Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. 

A few candidates are included this year who were selected in 2020 but who could not attend that cohort due to COVID restrictions. The selected candidates demonstrate the incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s young people, which bodes well for Africa’s future.

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