Desmond Tutu


Desmond Tutu is one of the most influential and well-known religious figures in modern history. A South African born, anti-apartheid and human rights activist, Tutu is a truly inspirational figure. An Anglican clerk and theologian, he is also the former Archbishop of both Cape Town and Johannesburg. As an after-dinner speaker, Tutu uses his experience and insight to talk about overcoming adversity, effective leadership and campaigning for human rights.

A firm socialist, Tutu’s actions throughout his life portray this perfectly. He is a man of the people and is appreciated by millions across the world. Tutu’s admirers see him as a very influential man who shows immense courage and self-belief when defending human rights. Tutu has led a number of different campaigns, including fights against racism, sexism, homophobia and poverty. His admirable work has been recognised the world-over culminating in Tutu being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. He has also received the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

Tutu has written a number of books which include many of his memorable speeches and saying. He is widely regarded throughout the world as South Africa’s moral conscience. Nelson Mandela has always been an admirer of Tutu’s work and described him as ‘never afraid and seldom without humour’, he said that Tutu’s voice will forever be the voice of the voiceless.

Tutu announced his retirement as Archbishop in 1996 and had a ceremony to celebrate his marvellous work, with many influential people in attendance. During the ceremony, Tutu was awarded the highest honour in South Africa, the Order for Meritorious Service and was presented the award by Nelson Mandela. After decades of fighting for human rights in the public eye, Desmond Tutu retired from public life to spend more time with his family.

Desmond Tutu is arguably one of the most influential and inspirational figures in the world and his ability to inspire millions has been recognised throughout his life. As a keynote speaker, his speeches are of the most fascinating and motivating you can find making him one of the most popular political and human rights speakers around. In his speeches, Tutu often discusses topics such as overcoming adversity, effective leadership and human rights.

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