Life Lessons and the benefit of Everyday Ubuntu
It’s the book that everyone is talking about - Everyday Ubuntu by Mungi Ngomane - offers an essential guide to Ubuntu, the South African philosophy of inter-connectedness, tolerance, kindness and understanding.
It is being featured on the opening day of Life Lessons, a thought-led well being event, which is being presented by the Sunday Times and will feature a host of incredible speakers, including Mungi, at the London’s Barbican Centre on Saturday and Sunday 15th-16th February.
Long championed by Nobel Peace Prize winning anti-apartheid hero Desmond Tutu, who just happens to be Mungi’s grandfather, the practice is currently being used by London Police in its fight against gang culture and knife crime.
The philosophy is central to the Ubuntu Round Tables Project - a partnership between Youth Futures and the Tutu Foundation UK that brings disenfranchised young people and their local police officers together to build respect and understanding and reduce antagonism on the streets.
This community mediation project is bringing positive results and new levels of trust between police and youth in our troubled inner city communities.
But guess what? Ubuntu also works wonders in every day life.
In Everyday Ubuntu: living better together the African way, Ngomane - who is herself a patron of the Tutu Foundation UK - takes readers through 14 lessons that can help them implement Ubuntu into their daily lives. Ubuntu is based on the belief that there is a universal human bond:that everyone is connected by a shared humanity. No one would be rejected or considered without worth.
By embracing the philosophy of Ubuntu and living it out in daily life, it’s possible to overcome division and be stronger in a world where the wise build bridges, not walls.
No wonder then that a copy was gifted to Harry and Meghan and their baby son Archie when they visited Archbishop Tutu in Cape Town in September last year.
The Royal couple had made it clear that they are determined to do their bit to emulate Desmond Tutus’s lifelong campaign for peace, love, understanding and reconciliation.
“We all try to make things better,” said Harry after hearing about the work of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. Everyday Ubuntu can only help whoever you are.
Hear more about it at the Sunday Times' Life Lessons, London’s thought-led well-being event at the city’s Barbican Centre on Saturday and Sunday 15th-16th February.
Speakers include Adam Kay, Ruby Wax, Richard Dawkins, Melissa Hemsley, Alain de Botton, Lily Cole, James O'Brien, Mungi Ngomane and more!
In addition to speakers, the event, which starts at 10am, includes spa treatments and a series of a series of mindful yoga, gong bath and meditation workshops.