There were 283 nominations of Africa’s finest young leaders from over 30 countries for the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship, which starts on 22nd April. Applications closed on 15th January 2017. Since then, a selection panel of past Fellows and AFLI Board Members have been working tirelessly to draw up a short list of candidates for final evaluation by the selection panel. The short list of 52 candidates was finalised on 7th February, and the plan is for the final selection of the 2017 Tutu Fellows to be agreed upon by the AFLI Board at the end of February. Only 17 candidates are finally selected.
The standard of applicants is exceptionally high, confirming that this prestigious award is attracting Africa’s highest potential young leaders from all sectors across Africa. Selecting only 6% of these outstanding candidates for the Fellowship is a tough but rewarding task, knowing that Africa has such an abundance of excellent young leaders. However, competition for places is intense and there will be many very worthy candidates who will be disappointed at not being selected for this exciting programme.