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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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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.

    Ep. 13: Jody Williams, Peace Activist, Professor and Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize | Strength Lies in Unity

    Ep. 13: Jody Williams, Peace Activist, Professor and Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize | Strength Lies in Unity

    Jody Williams, Peace Activist, Professor and 1997 Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize joins Mungi on Everyday Ubuntu this week. As the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Jody and the campaign won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in banning and clearing anti-personnel landmines.

    In this conversation, Jody speaks of how she got into the work that has been described as "life-threatening human rights work", though she happens to think that's a bit of a ‘dramatic description’ herself. She was instrumental in launching the Nobel Women’s Initiative in 2006 with sister laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi and she speaks to Mungi about the strengths that come from bringing this cohort of women together to work for justice and progress. Recalling the Ubuntu lesson 'Strength lies in unity', Jody's work embodies the good that can be done when we actually work together. There's even a bit of a discussion about food from her cookbook 'Ingredients for Peace'!

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    Gina Miller, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist | Have dignity and respect for yourself and others

    Gina Miller, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist | Have dignity and respect for yourself and others

    Gina Miller joined Mungi to discuss her multifaceted work as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and Tutu Foundation UK Ambassador. Known as the woman who challenged and successfully sued the UK government not once but twice, Gina shares more about her life in this episode—but she also discusses the cases and their importance.

    Gina embodies Ubuntu in her constant willingness to advocate for truth, transparency and social justice. In 2017, she was named as Britain's most influential Black person while at the same time receiving death threats as part of the backlash for the cases she took to the UK Supreme Court. The dignity and respect Gina has for herself has both allowed her to thrive as an individual but also to continue to fight for what is right and just for all of us.

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    • 32 min
    Eva Hartling, President & Founder, The Brand is Female | Choose to see the wider perspective

    Eva Hartling, President & Founder, The Brand is Female | Choose to see the wider perspective

    This week Eva Hartling, President & Founder of The Brand is Female agency and podcast as well as producer of the Everyday Ubuntu podcast, joined Mungi to speak about spending 20 years in the corporate world and then finally giving into her desire to amplify women's voices and promote women's rights.

    She shares the reality women face in the corporate world, TBIF's origin story and the women changemakers she admires. As listeners of her podcast know well, Eva always asks guests what they "wish women would do more of" and Mungi finally gets to ask the question of her. Eva's belief that women don't struggle with a lack of skills or abilities but instead with the confidence or resources when it comes to get their businesses off the ground or take a major chance is a driving force behind her journey with The Brand is Female.
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    • 44 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Nontnoz ,

Gives me hope for humanity

So grateful to hear the guests so far talking about what they are doing to make the world a better place. It gives me hope that there are people with positions of power and influence who believe they are called to live Ubuntu.
Great interviews.

nbzt! ,

inspired beyond!

inspiring, refreshing and timely. subscribed and excited for future episodes!!

Ceyreviews ,

Excellent & Crucial for 2020 and beyond

I read Mungi Ngomane’s book Everyday Ubuntu in awe and am so happy her podcast is here. After listening to the first episode with Cuppy, I am a lifelong fan and know many women and young people who are already eager for the next episode. This podcast is brilliant and a must-listen in 2020. Thank you for making it!

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