Africare News Release



Archbishop Tutu Leadership Award
Goes to Africare’s Sekai Chikowero


Sekai Chikowero,Tutu Award recipient and Africare Country Representative in Tanzania.

Washington, DC, February 19, 2008­— Ms. Sekai Chikowero, Africare Country Representative in Tanzania, has been awarded the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Award by the African Leadership Institute. The fellowship is awarded annually to 20 high-potential individuals from across Africa who have demonstrated strong leadership capabilities and who are favored to become top leaders on Africa within their respective fields.

“I am honored to receive this award. I am sure I will learn a lot from the program and I will be able to carry this into my work with Africare.” Chokwero said.

“This is an incredible accomplishment,” said Africare’s Southern Africa Regional Director, Peter Persell. “Sekai is an outstanding addition to Africare and we are very proud to have her. She truly embodies the leadership principles of the award.”

The one year program provides a platform for leadership growth and development  through exposure to world experts and practitioners in leadership exercises, as well as an opportunity to share cross-cultural and pan-African experiences in a fertile environment.  The program will introduce its young achievers to key principles requirements, and initiatives to foster Africa’s future leaders. At the end of the year a mentoring program will be established to support and nurture the Fellows and provide a vehicle through which they can review and continuously reflect upon their leadership learning and the goals.

Chikowero was one of 20 selected out of a pool of over 150 candidates to receive the prestigious Leadership Award.  She was recently appointed Africare’s Country Representative to Tanzania where she oversees all development operations in country.  Before that she served as Officer in Charge of Africare’s Zimbabwe programs.

The Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Program is run in partnership with Oxford University and a network of African Institutions and leadership experts.  The program aims to nurture the future generations of leaders in Africa.


Africare is a leading non-profit organization specializing in African aid. It is also the oldest and largest African-American led organization in that field. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $710 million in assistance and support — over 2,000 projects and millions of beneficiaries —to 36 countries Africa-wide. Africare has its international headquarters in Washington, DC, with field offices currently in some 23 African countries.


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