Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.  He was born on 7th October 1931.

Archbishop Tutu was 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).

Tutu’s admirers see him as a great man who, since the demise of apartheid, has been active in the defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.

He has received numerous National and International awards, namely –

1.  He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

2. The Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986.

3.  The Pacem in Terris Award in 1987.

4.  The Sydney Peace Prize in 1999.

5. The Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007.

6. The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

He has also compiled several books of his speeches and sayings.

Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been readmitted to a Cape Town hospital only a few days after being discharged following a surgery just over a week ago.

Tutu’s family said on Saturday that the 84-year-old retired archbishop was readmitted to the hospital as a precaution after a surgical wound showed “signs of infection.”

The Archbishop had undergone the surgical procedure 10 days ago, to address the cause of ”recurring infections resulting from the past treatment he had received for prostate cancer, the statement said.”


Tutu, who has been treated for prostate cancer for many years, was hospitalised several times last year.

The family was very grateful for the ongoing prayers and support, Mrs Tutu said.