Edzai Conilias Zvobwo also known as “MathsGenius” has been selected for the prestigious Tutu Fellowship run by The African Leadership Institute (AFLI). Edzai is the only representative from Zimbabwe for the 2018 cohort. Former Zimbabwe fellows are well decorated individuals who include Natalie Jabangwe, CEO of EcoCash Zimbabwe, among others. The AFLI released the list of the 2018 cohort of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship on the 5th of April 2018.
The Tutu Fellowship is a flagship leadership programme that seeks to nurture young and distinguished Africans into global leaders. The fellows have been described as an elite group of Africa’s highest potential young leaders, representing a wide range of sectors.
The programme is offered on a part-time basis over six months, the Programme includes two 9-day Group Learning Modules with an impressive array of distinguished leaders and faculty. These are intensive interactive workshops; one at the historic Mont Fleur conference facility (South Africa), and the other split between Oxford University and London (UK).
The fellowship provides participants with intensive learning and broad experience on the principles and application of leadership, an opportunity to explore the issues and specific characteristics of leadership in Africa, including the global challenges and dimensions of an African leader.
Upon completing the programme, Tutu Fellows return to play active roles in their respective communities, countries and spheres of influence. As part of this network of global leaders, all Fellows are expected to attend AFLI alumni events, including functioning as ambassadors for the Fellowship across all segments of society.
The 2018 participants, numbering 27, were selected from among 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, including those nominated by sponsoring organisations – Allen & Overy, Barclays Africa Group, Centum, GlaxoSmithKline, Investec, Rio Tinto, and Thomson Reuters. They represent 10 African countries and various industries and are aged between 30 and 39.