Tutu, Desmond

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Tutu, Desmond Gender: M
Desmond Mpilo Tutu
born on 7 October 1931
Place Klerksdorp, South Africa, 26s58, 26e39
Timezone EET h2e (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Astrodienst
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Desmond Tutu


South African human rights activist, Anglican bishop and theologian who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position. Theologically, he sought to fuse ideas from black theology with African theology.

Tutu popularised the term "Rainbow Nation" as a metaphor for post-apartheid South Africa after 1994 under ANC rule. Post-apartheid, Tutu's status as a gay rights activist kept him in the public eye more than any other issue facing the Anglican Church.

Tutu's admirers saw him as a man who since the demise of apartheid had been active in the defence of human rights and used his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He campaigned to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, homophobia and transphobia.

Tutu compiled seven book collections of his sermons, speeches and other sayings, ranging from Crying in the Wilderness (1982) to The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (2016).

He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

On 2 July 1955, Tutu married Nomalizo Leah Shenxane, a teacher whom he had met while at college. They had four children: Trevor Thamsanqa, Theresa Thandeka, Naomi Nontombi and Mpho Andrea. Mpho Tutu became a priest, author, and activist; she was first married to Joseph Burris, with whom she had two children. She later married Marceline van Furth, a Dutch woman, in 2015. Both her parents were supportive of her same-sex marriage.

Desmond Tutu died from prostate cancer at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town on 26 December 2021 at the age of 90.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Health : Acute illness 1947 (Tuberculosis)
  • Health : Medical procedure 1947 (Circumcision)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1955 (Nomalizo Leah Shenxane)
  • Work : Prize 1984 (Nobel Peace Prize)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis January 1997 (Prostate cancer)
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  • Work : Retired 2010 (From public life)
  • Death by Disease 26 December 2021 (Prostate cancer, age 90)
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Source Notes

Date, year and place of birth from Tutu: The Authorised Portrait by Mpho A. Tutu (Macmillan/ PQ Blackwell, 2011), page 36: "Desmond Tutu was born in a black township outside the modest “white” town of Klerksdorp, 120 kilometres west of Johannesburg, on 7 October 1931."

Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified it to 22.39.12 EET, P. de Jabrun rectified to 1:00 AM.


  • Traits : Body : Race (Black, mixed Xhosa and Motswana heritage)
  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (BA, MA)
  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Polio
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Tuberculosis
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Arms (Atrophy of right hand from polio)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Homosexual (Mpho Tutu)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Mpho Tutu)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Christian)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 90)
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (High school English and History)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Human rights)
  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Anglican bishop)
  • Vocation : Religion : Other Religion (Theologian)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Speeches and sayings)
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize (Peace)
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (Black pioneer)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure
  • Notable : Famous : Newsmaker