The Duke and Duchess of Sussex learn about Ubuntu
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s South African tour was as we all know a resounding success. It found them making new friends and introducing baby Archie to one of Prince Harry’s all-time heroes, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The Royal couple made it clear that they are determined to do their bit to emulate Desmond Tutus’s lifelong campaign for peace, love and 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.
No wonder then that among the gifts given to the couple during their visit to Cape Town was a copy of Everyday Ubuntu by the Tutu’s granddaughter Mungi Ngomane.
The newly published book could not have been more appropriate. It offers an essential guide to Ubuntu, the South African philosophy of inter-connectedness, tolerance, kindness and understanding.
Long championed by Nobel Peace Prize winning anti-apartheid hero Desmond Tutu, 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
In Everyday Ubuntu: living better the African way, Ngomane - 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.
Everyday Unbuntu, which includes a foreword by Desmond Tutu, is published by Bantam Press.