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…HIS EXCELLENCY, WHO WAS NEVER A PRESIDENT


How possible is it for anyone apart from the President and his officials to be called his or your Excellency? The truth is not as many but one of them is, “The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu”.

Born Desmond Mpilo Tutu on 7th October, 1931 in Klerksdorp, South Africa. Born of a middle class family and being the second of 3 children, early life wasn’t miserable for the young Desmond but this story was soon to change, young Desmond wanted to be a priest after the courtesy shown him and his mom- black people by a white priest. He also wanted to be a physician but his family could not afford the fees, so he taught in secondary schools, following the passage of Bantu Education Act, he resigned in protest of poor education for the South Africans

He later travelled to Kings College, London where he received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in theology and also worked in two churches, one of which was the St. Alban’s Church, Golden Green. He later returned to South Africa as chaplain in the university of Fort Hare in 1977-one of the best in South Africa. He used his little influence and wrote lectures which turned about the blacks. He later returned to the UK to work and back to South Africa as a Dean of Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Johannesburg.

He got married on 2nd July 1955 to Namaligo Leah, and she bore 3 children for him; a boy Treor Tutu and 2 girls Naomi and Mpho Tutu.

Desmond Tutu Photo
FIGHT AGAINST APARTHEID
In 1976, Desmond Tutu fought against the regime which ruled against the use of Afrikaans- a language in South Africa in black schools. He also opposed the destructive engagement policy of the United States, dissolving the policy and reforming South Africa to work for them and break free from colonial rule.

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In 1983 also he fought against the rule in South Africa against the anti-apartheid movement.
IN SERVING
Desmond Tutu has worked as chaplain, reverend, has been the Archbishop of Cape Town. He has also worked for the United Nations, fought for the freedom of many countries from human rights abuse in Zimbabwe and has also for the release of many people from people-Yang Jianli in 2007.

He has received many awards- The Nobel Peace Prize on 16th October 1984 due to his fighting spirit against the apartheid, the Pacemin Terris award; he has also given an annual Wilberforce lecture in Kingston Upon Hills. He has also received many doctorate awards from many universities.

On the 23rd of May in Strewbury Massachusetts, Tutu gave his last major public speech. He is said to be leader, an activist and someone who earned the exaltation by grace, “Your Excellency”.


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