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  • Published: 19 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473570016
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

Everyday Ubuntu

Living better together, the African way




The essential guide to Ubuntu, the South African philosophy which teaches that our common humanity and interconnectedness is key to living a better life.

Ubuntu is a Xhosa word from South Africa meaning that each person's humanity is bound up, inextricably, with the humanity of others. It is the belief in a universal bond: I am only because you are. And it means that if you are able to see everyone as fully human, connected to you by their humanity, you will never be able to treat other people as disposable or without worth. By embracing the philosophy of Ubuntu and living it out in daily life it is possible to overcome division and be stronger together in a world where the wise build bridges not walls.

These 14 lessons from the Rainbow Nation are an essential toolkit to helping us all to live better, together. In stories that recognise our common humanity, our connectedness and interdependence, Everyday Ubuntu helps to make sense of the world and our place in it. Exploring ideas of kindness and forgiveness, tolerance and the power of listening, it shows how we can all benefit from embracing others. Including practical applications and mindful exercises, it is an inspirational guide to a more fulfilling life as part of the large family to which we all belong.

  • Published: 19 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473570016
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the author

Nompumelelo Mungi Ngomane

Nompumelelo (Mungi) Ngomane is the granddaughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and patron of the Tutu Foundation UK. Mungi has never felt that her family forced her to follow in their footsteps but that their hope for justice and human dignity for all has been passed down through her genes. She has worked in Middle East conflict resolution and for the advancement of women and girls for some of the world’s foremost advocacy organizations and initiatives. She was recently campaign coordinator for Millions of Conversations, a campaign aimed at tackling Islamophobia and discrimination in the US. After she has brought Everyday Ubuntu into the world, she plans to return to NGO advocacy and programme management. She is passionate about human rights, specifically the advancement of women and girls, the protection of refugees and the liberation of the Palestinian people. She hopes one day all girls will have FUNdamental human rights. She has a Master’s in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

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