Archbishop Desmond Tutu Spices Up Age With Another Brilliant Award


Irrespective of one’s religion, striving for godliness in life should not be an option but a necessity because if everyone should have such drive and work towards it, I bet you, the world would be a better place.

Now, do you know that a real man is that man who impacts and changes lives for good? And that when a man is so impactful, even history can never forget him. So it is in the case of SA’s renowned clergy, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Once again, history identified with the eminent Anglican Archbishop Emeritus when Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town doled out laurels of honour on the him [Tutu]. He was recognized alongside his wife Leah on Friday for their lifetime commitment to social justice.

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Makgoba presented the Award for Peace with Justice to the couple in a service at 07:00 in St George’s Cathedral. Speaking more about Desmond Tutu’s contribution to humanity, Makgoba said, “We honour Desmond Mpilo Tutu’s extraordinary contributions to the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, to South Africa, Africa and the world as a priest and pastor, prophet and teacher, healer and humourist.”

Archbishop Makgoba noted that Tutu was outstanding at allowing people recognize their common humanity and love for one another. He added that the famous preacher was always “Angered when he sees those who are created in God’s image subjected to violations of their human dignity, he speaks out courageously for justice in the face of overwhelming odds.”

As widely-known, Tutu remained unique and outstanding because of his “sense of humour and a loud cackle.” His lovely Leah was also honoured as a mother, supporter and courageous opponent of injustice and oppression. Leah was praised for abandoning comfortability abroad and returning home “to fight bravely for the rights of domestic workers, confronting those who would ill-treat some of the most powerless in society.”

She was also a role model for students on campuses from Fort Hare to Rome, who helped confused young women in making life better for them.

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Friends and well-wishers of the eminent clergy filled the auditorium while a host of singing schoolgirls in uniform were sighted taking shots with Tutu.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda are former recipients of the honourable award.

Desmond Tutu’s Profile

Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu was born on 7th October 1931. He is a South African social rights activist and a retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. Tutu was also the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).