The first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, ArchBishop Desmond Tutu clocks 84 yesterday amid great celebrations by the people of South Africa.
The birthday was celebrated with the 5th annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture.
Archibishop Desmond is one who was well-known for his involvement in the fight against the apartheid system, one which he received a Nobel Peace prize for in 1984.
The life and times of Desmond is one that can be described as one lived for humanitarianism.
He was born in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, as the only son of Zacheriah Zililo Tutu and Aletta Tutu and has only three sisters. Although Tutu wanted to become a doctor, his family could not afford the training, and he studied teaching. He quit teaching after the then apartheid government passed the Bantu Education Act. In 1984, he received the Nobel Peace Prize; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism.
He also received the Pacem in Terris Award, the Sydney Peace Prize, the Gandhi Peace Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He has been married to Nomalizo Leah Shenxane for 60 years. Tutu and his wife have four children; Trevor Thamsanqa Tutu, Theresa Thandeka Tutu, Naomi Nontombi Tutu, and Mpho Andrea Tutu.
After retirement, Tutu has been vocal in his criticism of human rights abuses in Zimbabwe as well as the South African government’s policy of quiet diplomacy towards Zimbabwe. In 2009, Tutu also assisted in the establishing of the Solomon Islands’ Truth and Reconciliation Commission, modelled after the South African body of the same name
Tutu has also been involved in various ways with the United Nations and across the world. He is indeed a man worthy of celebration, after having lived his life entirely for humanity barring all personal gains and motivation.
Happy birthday to Archbishop Desmond Tutu on his 84th birthday celebration.