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Six Nigerian Professionals selected for the 2013 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme.


SIX top Nigerian professionals and specialists in various human endeavours have been selected to join 20 other emerging leaders for this year’s African Leadership Institute programme, a brainchild of Nobel Laureate and anti-apartheid icon, Archibishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.

The African  Leadership Institute  announced the 26 emerging leaders who have been selected from a very competitive field to attend the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme in 2013.

The group consists of 17 candidates selected from 150 top notch nominations received from 26 African countries of their highest potential emerging leaders in all sectors of society. The remaining 9 candidates are nominated by the sponsoring organisations.

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The Selection Panel  remarked that this was the most competitive field they have experienced in selecting the candidates – a reflection of its growing reputation as the best pan-African leadership programme designed specifically for very high potential, mid-career African leaders.

The 2013 Desmond Tutu Fellowship Programme candidates comprise of four selected Nigerians and two nominated from sponsoring companies.

The six Nigerians include an

  • Ngozi Ifeoma Malo – Attorney and Senior Technical Advisor, National Electrical Regulatory Commission,
  • Dr. Jumoke Oduwole –  Lawyer (academic) – University of Lagos and Founding Director, Kuramo Foundation,
  • Dr Kelechi Ohiri – Physician, Senior Special Adviser to the Minister of State for Health,
  • Danladi Verheijen – Founder/CEO Verod Capital Management,
  • Tomiwa Aladekomo – Executive Director Smartcity Resorts (Sponsor Selected Candidate)
  • Balami Yerima – Group Head, Institutional Banking ( Sponsor Selected Candidates),

Some Nigerian alumni of the programme, who form the Archbishop Tutu Fellowship network, include:  Ndidi Nwuneli, Funmi Iyanda, Gbenga Sesan, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Lai Yahaya.

The African Leadership Institute (AfLI) is a not-for-profit network established in 2003, built upon a passionate belief in the importance of good leadership and governance.

The flagship programme of the Institute is the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme, a yearly programme launched in 2006.

The programme is run in conjunction with Oxford University, a variety of institutions across Africa and commercial sponsors, and is designed to provide a wide range of leadership learning experiences to a select group of young Africans who are expected to rise to top leadership positions in their spheres of activity over the next five to 20 years.

The fellows are drawn from across Africa and from various sectors, ranging from commerce to charities. They are selected entirely on merit, without regard to ethnicity or gender, and will meet with their patron, Archbishop Tutu, in South Africa in April.

The first workshop of the programme commences on 27th April 2013.