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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.

Gbagba, children's anti-corruption book takes to the stage

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The anti-corruption children's book, Gbagba, by 2010 Tutu Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey has been adapted and turned into a stage play.  The play, which has an all-child cast, made its debut in September 2017 at Monrovia City Hall in Liberia. The children in the ensemble cast were trained for five months by premiere theatre company, Flomo Theatre.  Gbagba is a Bassa word which loosely translated, means 'trickery' or, 'corruption'.  In the book and its stage adaptation, children navigate the confusing ethical codes of the adults in their lives, in places as diverse as traffic jams, schools, churches and markets. The children express clearly and honestly the concrete ways in which gbagba hurts rather than heals society.

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Rori Tshabalala - Looking inward for the path forward

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme. Rori Tshabalala says that an element of the programme is the self-reflection required to determine why we choose the paths we do.

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Abayomi Awobokun - Think, then lead

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme. Abayomi Awobokun mentioned that an area in which leaders often fail is in thinking sufficiently rigorously about the outcomes that a path of leadership might produce.

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Ahmed Zahran - Building a pan-African cultural understanding

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme.  Ahmed Zahran, who is from Egypt, spoke of how the group helped him gain a better understanding of sub-Saharan Africa, of which he had had limited exposure previously.

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Hema Vallabh - Growing through discomfort

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme. Hema Vallabh talks about how the Fellowship programme creates an environment in which speakers and fellow attendees provide insights that are discomfiting to taken-for-granted positions.

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Jude Abaga - authentic leadership is inspiring

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme.  Jude Abaga speaks of how the programme inspires authentic leadership. 

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Martino Noely - inspiring change

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme.  Martino Noely came away inspired with ideas on how to be a better change agent when he returned to Madagascar.

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Natalie Jabangwe - How do we bring our people with us?

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme. Natalie Jabangwe says a key lesson of the programme is showing how unselfish leadership puts people first.

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Ngisana Mngomezulu - Finding creative avenues for change

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme. Ngisana Mngomezulu says creativity will be needed to effect change.

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Onyinye Ibeneche - Searching for and-and solutions

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme. Onyinye Ibeneche shares how the programme helps leaders find and-and solutions rather than either-or solutions.

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Rosy Fynn - A thought-provoking programme

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme.  Rosy Finn said that she was challenged in thought-provoking ways to rethink some of the things she'd been taking for granted. 

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Sam Ngcolomba - bridge the gap between worlds

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme. Sam Ngcolomba talks about how the programme taught her of the need to hold accountable both herself and those around her when working for change.

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Samuel Kariuki - An intense week of interactions

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme. Samuel Kariuki explains how he found the programme to be more than just 'an academic exercise.'

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William Mwiti - Leadership programme is an internal journey

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme. Dr William Mwiti talks about how the programme turned out to be the opposite of his expectations.

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Yap Boum - Reflections on leadership from Mont Fleur

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Candidates from the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme cohort were interviewed at Mont Fleur, outside Cape Town, about the first workshop in the programme.  Yap Boum shares how the workshop has challenged his conception of what leadership is.

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