Desmond Tutu develops new African leadership in Al Jazeera series

InformAfrica – A fresh generation of African leaders will be featured on new Al Jazeera English series Tutu’s Children, about the leadership programme Desmond Tutu leads.

Tutu's Children: Desmond Tutu develops new African leadership in Al Jazeera series
Desmond Tutu and Swaady M. Martin-Leke.

A fresh generation of African leaders will be featured on new Al Jazeera English series Tutu’s Children.

The four special documentaries will follow the exploits of participants in the leadership programme Desmond Tutu leads, which attempts to build a new network of African leaders who are together committed to tackling their countries’ most stubborn problems.

Viewers will witness the legendary archbishop pass the baton of moral leadership to these emerging leaders who are drawn from across Africa.

Once they pledge themselves to Tutu’s mission, the participants are put through group tasks designed to bring out their true colours – from conducting a choir to cooking under pressure.

They are provoked to re-examine their opinions in debates on the most controversial ‘African’ issues – racial hierarchy, corruption, privilege, and Western democracy. This experiment also pushes them out of their comfort zones emotionally, culturally and intellectually.

With exclusive access, the series follows Tutu’s class of 2012, focusing in particular detail on the lives of five very different participants, as together they are coached to become a ‘moral task force’ for Africa.

The young leaders are followed in their home cities as well as during the coaching, with filming in Tunis, Cape Town, Kigali, Johannesburg, Oxford and London over a period of seven months. Tutu’s fellowship is run in conjunction with Oxford University.

Al Jazeera director of programmes Paul Eedle said, “Tutu’s Children offers a rare chance to witness a turning point in the lives of those who may one day change the course of Africa’s history. The travails of our fantastic onscreen characters will entertain and will also give our viewers a strong glimpse into the big issues affecting Africa.”

The first episode debuted on 10 January 2013. You can watch the full episode on YouTube.

The second episode, where the participants meet Tutu, Black Consciousness co-founder Mamphela Ramphele, and Kenya’s former Anti-Corruption Commission Director Patrick Lumumba, screens from 17 January 2013 on:

Thursday: 20h00
Friday: 12h00
Saturday: 01h00
Sunday: 06h00
Monday: 20h00
Tuesday: 12h00
Wednesday: 01h00
Thursday: 06h00

Watch the promo for the second episode on YouTube.

For more information, visit Al Jazeera English.

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