Red Pepper’s Rugyendo Wins Top African Leadership Award

this site seek geneva; font-size: small;”>The news was delivered Thursday by the Executive Director of its mother program, information pills the African Leadership Institute (AFLI) Peter Wilson.

more about geneva;”>“I am very pleased to advise that Rugyendo has been selected to attend the 2012 Tutu Leadership Program as an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Associate. Upon successful completion of the program, this will lead to the award of an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship,” announced Wilson.

This implies the Red Pepper founder and Marketing Director will attend the prestigious 2012 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship programme starting April.

Rugyendo now breaks the record as the first young journalist in Uganda to win the influential award.

The Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme is multi-faceted and is designed to offer a variety of leadership learning experiences to high potential individuals who include the cream of Africa’s future leaders – community, business, political, health and environment.

Rugyendo will now rub shoulders with the cream of 23 potential leaders selected from across Africa for the Tutu programme.

Earlier, leaders in Africa covertly held meetings in which 175 men and women were nominated for this year’s fellowship.

Anti- Apartheid icon Archbishop Tutu is the patron of the fellowship which annually identifies 24 young Africans for special training and offers a variety of formal and informal opportunities to enhance the leadership capabilities of the candidates.

The conference commences with the first workshop at the Mont Fleur Conference Centre near Stellenbosch in Western Cape, South Africa from April 21 to 29.

Later, Rugyendo will head for a study visit at Roben Island before concluding with a second

workshop in Oxford, London in September to explore the global dimension of African leadership within a global context, and learn from the experiences of worldwide experts and leaders.

These sessions will take a deeper, experiential look at leadership, using ideas from systems theory, the theatre, music and the visual arts, and also explore values and ethics in leadership.

Wilson notes: “Candidates for this fellowship create a group scenario project which will be started at the first workshop, developed by electronic communication between April and September and presented at the Oxford workshop. They will also initiate or lead a project for the benefit of the greater community, do a written assignment and develop a mentorship relationship between April and September in their home countries.”

He further adds: “A documentary series comprising 3 hour-long episodes dubbed ‘Tutu’s Children’ will be filmed during the fellowship program to be broadcast on the Al Jazeera’s English Channel, Al Jazeera Kiswahili, Al Jazeera Arabic And Al Jazeera Turk in January 2013.”

Wilson quickly adds the series will also be viewable off the Al Jazeera English You Tube Channel, by podcast and on the Al Jazeera website.

“There will also be an extensive online presence and publicity campaign to include possible coverage of the series in one or more of the New African, African Business Magazine, Pambazuka News and the Africa News Network, on Freeview and other Channel carriers and Online TBC.”

Contacted, Rugyendo responded: “I am really delighted. This is an opportunity for me to work for the transformation of Uganda in particular and Africa at large. Africa has all the resources for advancement but is short of honest and visionary leaders. Now is the time to take Africa to the next level.”

Rugyendo was recently invited as a special guest to inspire Makerere University Mass Communication students. He also appears regularly on television and radio stations to comment on Uganda’s politics.


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