Who was ‘Desmond Tutu’?

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, died at the age of 90 on December 27, 2021.

Highlights

  • Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his opposition to racial discrimination in South Africa.
  • In 1997, He was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery.
  • Tutu was subsequently hospitalized multiple times to undergo treatment for infections and other ailments.
  • He was South Africa’s first Black Anglican archbishop.
  • He used his international profile to lobby for sanctions against White-minority government.
  • He led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in between 1996 to 1998. The commission was aimed at exposing the injustices of the past.

Who was Desmond Tutu?

Desmond Tutu was a South African Anglican bishop and theologian. He was known for his work as a human rights activist and an anti-apartheid. He was Bishop of Johannesburg in between 1985 to 1986. He then became Archbishop of Cape Town. He was the first black African to hold the position in both the cases. He was the man of many layers and contradictory tensions. He had a passion for preserving African traditions of courtesy.

Nobel Prize

The Nobel Committee awarded him Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, as he was a “unifying leader figure in campaign to resolve problem of apartheid in South Africa”

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