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Both a way of life and a philosophy, Ubuntu is Africa’s gift to the world. Hosted by Mungi Ngomane, a human rights activist, patron of the Tutu Foundation UK and author of the book Everyday Ubuntu: Living Better Together the African Way, this show engages in conversations about our common humanity. Because Ubuntu is a way to live life better together, our episodes include exchanges with inspiring personalities from around the world who fight for causes they believe in, who recognize their own weaknesses and who continue to work on how they carry themselves in the world to help make it a better place.

Everyday Ubuntu The Brand is Female

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    • 3.1 • 36 Ratings

Both a way of life and a philosophy, Ubuntu is Africa’s gift to the world. Hosted by Mungi Ngomane, a human rights activist, patron of the Tutu Foundation UK and author of the book Everyday Ubuntu: Living Better Together the African Way, this show engages in conversations about our common humanity. Because Ubuntu is a way to live life better together, our episodes include exchanges with inspiring personalities from around the world who fight for causes they believe in, who recognize their own weaknesses and who continue to work on how they carry themselves in the world to help make it a better place.

    June Sarpong OBE: Director of Creative Diversity, BBC | Believe in the good of everyone

    June Sarpong OBE: Director of Creative Diversity, BBC | Believe in the good of everyone

    June Sarpong OBE, the BBC's first Director of Creative Diversity joined Mungi to discuss her life and work educating and challenging people to change society for the better. In addition to being an internationally renowned broadcaster, she is the co-founder of the Decide Act Now summit and the Women - Inspiration and Enterprise Alliance supporting female excellence and empowerment.

    Mungi and June talked about her newest book, The Power of Privilege: How White People Can Challenge Racism and her recent takeover of Victoria Beckham's Instagram account as part of the #sharethemicuk campaign to amplify Black British voices. June is a passionate campaigner for diversity and inclusion who believes in the inherent goodness of people. Her infectious laugh and the stories she shares inspire you to believe in the good of everyone too. 
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    • 34 min
    Nontombi Naomi Tutu: Associate Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church | I am only because you are

    Nontombi Naomi Tutu: Associate Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church | I am only because you are

    In this special episode, Nontombi Naomi Tutu—a priest, public speaker, social justice activist and most importantly Mungi's mom—joins the podcast. She discusses growing up in apartheid South Africa, avoiding becoming a priest like her father, Reverend Desmond Tutu, and finally giving in and joining the clergy in her fifties.

    In this conversation, Mungi and Naomi explore how the entire human family loses out when people are oppressed, and how to find joy even through life’s difficulties. Naomi also addresses the similarities between the fight against apartheid and today’s activism in the United States and beyond. This episode crosses over several Ubuntu concepts; after all, it was Mungi’s mom who taught her about the South African philosophy. Naomi’s lessons about humanity and social justice remind us that we are only who we are because of other people.
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    • 59 min
    Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe: CEO, Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign Centre | Strength lies in unity

    Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe: CEO, Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign Centre | Strength lies in unity

    Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, CEO of the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign Centre, spoke to Mungi about the ways we carry on the legacy of our parents, whether we are aware or not. She shared her journey from public health and clinical research to running Tutudesk, a charitable educational organisation which addresses the 95 million desk shortage for children in schools across sub-Saharan Africa. Her passion for education and public health, especially the fight against HIV/AIDS, and improving the health and education experiences of young people—thus promoting global peace and justice—has led her journey until now. She speaks about the impact of Covid-19 and how it brought to light the inequities in our world as well as the reset we now need to make our world more equitable. Thandeka teaches us that this is all possible through "our little bits of good" as her father says, because strength lies in unity!
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    • 31 min
    Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo: Global Disability Advisor, World Bank | Embrace our diversity

    Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo: Global Disability Advisor, World Bank | Embrace our diversity

    Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, the Global Disability Advisor for the World Bank and 'Aunt Charlotte' to Mungi sheds light on the important conversations we need to be having about true inclusivity. She speaks of her youth growing up with activist parents, the car accident that left her disabled and the work she has been doing her entire life to protect children, to advocate for people living with disabilities and ultimately, to unite us all. In her professional career, Charlotte has been appointed to roles by not one but two men who were the first Black President in their respective countries: Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. Her experiences and lessons recall the Ubuntu lesson 'Embrace our diversity'.

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    • 44 min
    Jack Collison: Footballer and Coach | Why little things make a big difference

    Jack Collison: Footballer and Coach | Why little things make a big difference

    This week, British footballer Jack Collison joined Mungi to talk about one of the loves of his life, football. He started playing when he was young and went pro at a young age too but with that came early retirement due to injury. Following this heartbreak, Jack returned to the field coaching young footballers and sharing the things he learned from his experiences.

    His lessons from being part of a team from a young age, starting the Jack Collison Soccer School and coaching young footballers mirror the Ubuntu lesson that 'Little Things Make a Big Difference'.

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    • 36 min
    Jason Carter: Lawyer and Politician | Seek out ways to connect

    Jason Carter: Lawyer and Politician | Seek out ways to connect

    Lawyer and politician Jason Carter joined Mungi to discuss a reality they both know well: "being the grandson or granddaughter of". 
In this episode, Jason, grandson of President Jimmy Carter shares his thoughts around the privilege that comes from being related to a former U.S. President. He also speaks about his experience in the Peace Corps in South Africa, a time where he learned about Ubuntu from his adopted "Gogo" (grandmother). He explains how he tries to live the ideals of Ubuntu today, including by teaching its lessons to his children. Jason also addresses the need for the new generation, his included, to take over from the elders who have been leading the Civil Rights movement for so long. Jason's connection to Ubuntu, South Africa and its impact on his life emphasize the Ubuntu lesson ‘Seek out ways to connect’ — those magical moments where we learn a lot more than we expected.

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    • 35 min

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