In the embrace of Mont Fleur's natural beauty, the 2024 Tutu Associates embarked on their Fellowship journey from April 21st to 28th. Gathering from 10 different African countries – from the shores of Cote d'Ivoire to the vibrant heart of Nigeria – 24 Associates converged, each bearing a unique mix of experiences and aspirations.

Drawing on this rich diversity, the workshop unfolded as a tapestry of inspiration, weaving together narratives from finance, agriculture, technology, politics, social entrepreneurship, public service, the arts – to name but a few! Guided by the seasoned provocation of AFLI Board Chair Trevor Manuel, the cohort pondered the profound question of their generation's call to leadership – a call not to be taken lightly.

In the presence of revered elder Mavuso Msimang, whose legacy as an institutional change-maker resonated deeply, the cohort delved into the essence of leadership and the courage to challenge the status quo. In conversations with celebrated women in finance - Gloria Serobe and Heather Sonn - the Associates explored the path towards shared value outcomes, where financial, social, and environmental success intertwine.

A visit to the Tutu Legacy Foundation became a poignant invitation to self-discovery, guided by the reflective insights of Zanele Morrison. Amidst this often disruptive process of self-confrontation, the stories of Tutu Fellows Aidan Eyakuze, Linda Kasonde, and Hopewell Chinono revealed what happens when we embody courage, illuminating the transformative power of this program.

As the week unfolded, each moment of introspection, interaction and integration unveiled new layers of self and system, beckoning the cohort to embrace a deeper, more systemic leadership ethos. This year, the Scenario Project will focus on the challenge of Youth Employment in Africa (in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation) and we were lucky enough to learn from Maryana Iskander (now Wikimedia CEO) about the drivers of success during her leadership of Harambee.

On a day resonant with historical significance – Sierra Leone's Independence Day and South Africa's Freedom Day – Advocate Bience Gawanas delivered a message on leading in service of freedom for all. Her words, imbued with authenticity and grace, served as a fitting finale to a week of challenge and renewal. By the time we left Mont Fleur we knew in our bones that this group would always have our back.

With expanded narratives, awakened hearts and deepened bonds, the cohort departed Mont Fleur, knowing that they carry within them the spark of transformation. In September, their journey continues in the esteemed halls of Oxford and London, from which they will emerge as fully-fledged Tutu Fellows.

 Header image - Associates and staff at Mont Fleur, South Africa

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.