Who is Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s wife?

South Africa’s archbishop and anti-apartheid icon, Desmond Tutu, has died aged 90.

Tutu is survived by his wife, Nomalizo Leah Shenxane, and four children.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his 66-year-old wife, Nomalizo Leah Shenxane


Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his 66-year-old wife, Nomalizo Leah ShenxaneCredit: Getty Images

Who is Archbishop Desmond Tutu?

Tutu, commonly known as “the Arch”, is a major accent in South Africa.

He called on the government to end the apartheid regime and support education and liberation in the country.

After the apartheid regime ended in the early 90s, Tutu was appointed chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission by the president at the time, Nelson Mandela.

Tutu’s civil and human rights work has earned him many titles over the decades.

In 1984, Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent fight against racial inequality in South Africa.

In 2009, former US President Barack Obama gave him Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In 2012, Tutu was awarded a $1 million grant by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for his commitment to speaking the truth.

In 2013, he received the Templeton Award for his work spreading love, forgiveness and helping to free people around the world.

Tutu has been ill for many years battling prostate cancer since the 90s. He has been hospitalized several times over the years due to severe infections.

He died at the age of 90 on December 26, 2021.

Who is Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s wife?

Tutu and his wife Nomalizo Leah Shenxane, 88, were married 66 years before his death.

The couple recently renewed their vows in July 2015.

Nomalizo is a South African activist, teacher and nurse.

In 1988, she became the founder of the Desmond Tutu Peace Center and also a co-founder of the South African Domestic Helpers Association.

From 1970 to 1972, she was an assistant to the Universities of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.

From 1976 to 1984, she was director of the Domestic Helpers and Employers Project of the South African Institute of Race Relations.

In 2000, Louis National University awarded her and Tutu honorary doctorates.

She and Tutu also received the Mattie JT Stepanek Peacemaker Award in 2009, by the We Are Family Foundation.

1996 South African President Nelson Mandela presents the outgoing Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town with the Distinguished Service Medal (Gold)


1996 South African President Nelson Mandela presents the outgoing Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town with the Distinguished Service Medal (Gold)Credit: AFP or licensors

Who are their children?

Tutu is survived by three daughters Mpho Andrea, 58, Naomi Nontombi, 60, Theresa Thandeka, in her 60s, and son Trevor Thamsanqa, about 65.

What are people saying about his death?

Many beloved members of the South African government and fans of Tutu’s contributions around the world took to social media to offer their condolences.

One user on Twitter wrote: “The Arch. You have dedicated your life to serving humanity – all over the world. You stand for the truth, and your great legacy will live on. You can now Rest In Peace.” “

President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote a series of tweets including, “The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of mourning in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have left us a South Africa is liberated.”

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