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Munyaradzi Murape 2015 Tutu Fellow (Zimbabwe)

Munyaradzi Murape is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  He is the Deputy CEO and Chief Banking Officer, Southern Heritage Limited.  SHL is a financial services start-up whose objective is to acquire, restructure and manage undervalued small and medium enterprises that focus on the financial service industried.

In this video, Munyaradzi argues that becoming more socially conscious may prompt different leadership decision making for the Tutu Fellows in future.

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Theresia Ott 2015 Tutu Fellow (South Africa)

Theresia Ott is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  Theresia heads up the world-renowned best practice rehabilitation program at Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals (RBM).  At RBM, Theresia manages over 3,000 hectares of rehabilitated land in a rural setting, she leads a team of five contractors that employ over 100 employees from local communities to rehabilitate mined land.  She also  advises the company regarding biodiversity concerns, breaking down walls between stakeholders to drive land use planning initiatives to secure sustainable futures for people and the environment.

In this video, Theresia states that accountability of governance is likely to be a key element in the impact that Tutu Fellows will have over the next 20 years.

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Uzodinma Iweala 2015 Tutu Fellow (Nigeria)

Uzodinma Chukuka Iweala is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  He is CEO and Editor-In-Chief of Ventures Africa Magazine; a publication on business and entrepreneurship in Africa.  He is also a co-founder of Txtlite Nigeria Ltd, a company that provides pay-as-you go solar solutions across Nigeria.

In this video, Uzodinma suggests Tutu Fellows are already impacting Africa in a positive way, both this class and previous classes, and will continue to do so despite the steep challenges facing the continent.

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Landry Signe 2015 Tutu Fellow (Cameroon)

Landry Signe is a 2015 Tutu Fellow.  He is the founder and chief executive officer of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity and a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies.  He is also a special adviser to global leaders on African affairs and development issues.

In this video, Landry Signe argues that Tutu Fellows are already changing Africa and are going to have a major impact on the continent in future.

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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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Final workshop for 2015 Tutu Fellows

Final workshop for 2015 Tutu Fellows

The final workshop of the 2015 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme starts on the 2nd September, and includes a fascinating mix of innovative experiential leadership learning sessions, talks by internationally renowned leaders from different sectors who share their leadership experiences, and Oxford’s leadership experts.

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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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Three Fellows in FT's top "25 Africans to Watch"

Three Fellows in FT's top "25 Africans to Watch"

The Financial Times Magazine starts their list like this:  From activists to a Premier League footballer . . . The FT’s Africa team picks the continent’s rising stars.  The three Tutu Fellows included on the list of 25 are:  Amy Jadesimi, Robtel Neajai Pailey, and Lai Yahaya.  Lai is a 2009 Fellow, Robtel was the following year, and Amy is a 2012 Fellow.  They are among stirling company.

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Executive search at AFLI

Executive search at AFLI

The Africa executive specialist search consultants Executives in Africa and Aperture Group are assisting the African Leadership Institute to hire a Chief Commercial Officer.  The CCO of the African Leadership Institute is a unique opportunity for a dynamic leader to take the already successful Institute to the next level of growth and impact upon leadership in Africa.

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Lifesaving antenatal care idea wins Aspen Award prize

Lifesaving antenatal care idea wins Aspen Award prize

Tutu Fellow Kopano Mabaso and fellow medical doctor Chrystelle Wedi, both Rhodes Scholars, have won the Aspen Idea Award for an idea they pitched at the event in Colorado in June 2015.

The idea, called Ona Mtoto Wako project, meaning "see your baby" in Swahili, will take lifesaving antenatal care to pregnant women in remote & rural parts of low and middle income countries. Pregnant women will be given an opportunity to come “see their baby” through a free ultrasound using a mobile ultrasound scan bus.

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Gay thorn at summit?

Gay thorn at summit?

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently ruled that gays in the U.S. have the same legal rights in marriage as heterosexuals; in Nigeria, homosexuality is legally prohibited.  With Nigeria's new President Muhammadu Buhari and U.S. President Barack Obama to meet this month (July 2015), newspapers in Nigeria are speculating whether gay rights will be on the summit agenda. Tutu Fellow Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani has penned a piece for CNN's African Voices on resistance in Nigeria and other African countries to equal rights for all as it pertains to gays.  It is titled: Why are Nigerians terrified of same-sex marriage in America? 

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