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Tresor Nzengu M.

Founder & CEO
Dowa, Malawi

Biography

Tresor Nzengu Mpauni, widely known as 'Menes la Plume', is a refugee poet, writer, musician and an advocate for refugees rights born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

In 2008 he was forced to flee the DRC and moved to Malawi and he now lives at Dzaleka Refugee Camp. Tresor is the founder of Tumaini Letu (Swahili for "Our Hope"), a nonprofit promoting cultural exchange among refugees and the host community as well as reducing poverty among refugee in Malawi using art and culture. Its flagship program is the annual Tumaini Festival.

Tresor is the recipient of the 2020 Sharjah International Award for Refugee Advocacy & Support as well as the 2018 World Bank Africa Region's Social Inclusion Hero Award. He is also a Refugee Co-sponsor of the 2019 Global Refugee Forum.