Who is Archbishop Desmond Tutu's wife?

SOUTH African archbishop and anti-apartheid icon, Desmond Tutu, has passed away at the age of 90.

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

Who was Archbishop Desmond Tutu?

Tutu, often known as "the Arch," was a primary voice in South Africa.

He urged the government to end apartheid and supported education and liberation within the country.

After apartheid ended in the early '90s, Tutu was named chair 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 honors over the decades.

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

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

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

In 2013, he received the Templeton Prize for his work in spreading love, forgiveness and aiding in the liberation of people around the world.

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Tutu had been in sick for years battling prostate cancer since the '90s. He was admitted to hospitals several times over the years due to severe infections.

He passed away at the age of 90 on December 26th, 2021.

Who is Archbishop Desmond Tutu's wife?

Tutu and his wife Nomalizo Leah Shenxane, 88, had been married for 66 years before his death.

The pair recently renewed their vows in July of 2015.

Nomalizo is a South Africa-based activist, teacher, and nurse.

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

Between 1970 and 1972, she served as an assistant to the University of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

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

In 2000,the National Louis University awarded her and Tutu an honorary doctorate.

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

Who are their children?

Tutu is survived by his three daughters Mpho Andrea, 58, Naomi Nontombi, 60, Theresa Thandeka, mid 60's, and son Trevor Thamsanqa, around 65.

What are people saying about his death?

Many adoring members of the South African government and fans of Tutu's contributions around the world have taken to social media to share their condolences.

One user on Twitter wrote: "The Arch. You spent your whole life in service to humanity – across the board. You stood up for the truth, and your amazing 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 bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa." 

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