Tutu takes to Twitter – 8 August 2013

Media Statement

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation began its digital life today.

In an ode to the famous words uttered by Nelson Mandela on his retirement from public life: “I am an elderly and decrepit. Don’t Tweet me; I’ll Tweet you!” the Archbishop debuted on Twitter. Followed quickly by his daughter, the Reverend Mpho: “Tata Tutu in translation:  I’m a bit nervous about social media at my age, but I send you my love.”

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has been established with the Reverend Mpho Tutu at the helm to secure, preserve and propagate the Archbishop and Mrs Tutu’s legacy. Located in Cape Town, South Africa, the Foundation houses the Archbishop’s office.

While the soon-to-be 82-year-old Archbishop is taking steps to reduce his travel and workload, the Foundation has taken to Twitter and Facebook as a means to continue the discussion.

“Some have described Twitter as a blessing in the hands of retired members of the clergy. There is no space to ramble.” Archbishop Tutu said.

There are several Twitter accounts bearing his name, but the @TutuLegacy feed is the only real deal. The @TutuLegacy account will tweet in the name of both Archbishop Tutu and the Reverend Tutu, executive director of the Foundation.

“The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation is founded on the pillars of spirituality, human dignity and conflict resolution,” Reverend Tutu said. “We want to ensure that my parents work and legacy inspire current and future generations.

“Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook allow us to reach out to across the world and at home to talk to people in the spirit of Ubuntu, one of our founding principles.”

Twitter: @TutuLegacy
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
Website: www. tutu.org.za

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This statement was issued for the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation by Oryx Media.