Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has died at the age of 90. Tutu who was the last surviving South African laureate of the Nobel Prize, he died in CapeTown.
Tutu played a critical role in the reconciliation process after Apartheid South Africa. It was him who coined the term, “Rainbow Nation” to describe the country’s ethnic diversity.
He was born on the 7th of October in 1931, in Klerksdorp. He studied at the Pretoria Bantu College before going to teach at the Johannesburg Bantu High school.
The cleric married Nomalizo Tutu in 1955 and they raised four children. He became a priest in 1961, he then went to study at King’s College London and received his Masters in Theology in 1966.
In 1997, Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer and he underwent treatment in CapeTown and New York. He retired as Archbishop of CapeTown in 1996 and he became an Emeritus Archbishop.
He continued to work as a global activist on issues pertaining to democracy, human rights and freedom. May his soul rest in eternal peace and may his family and friends be comforted during this difficult time.