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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.

    Sinikiwe Stephanie Dhliwayo | Entrepreneur & Creative | Decolonising Wellness

    Sinikiwe Stephanie Dhliwayo | Entrepreneur & Creative | Decolonising Wellness

    This week, host Mungi Ngomane is joined by Sinikiwe Stephanie Dhliwayo, a creative, an entrepreneur, an educator, and a speaker who is steadfast in her belief that Blackness and humanity are inextricably linked. She is driven daily by a deep desire to change the narrative of what it looks like and feels like to be well. An immigrant from Zimbabwe, Sinikiwe's work is imbued with Ubuntu and in this episode, she and Mungi discuss the mission of her wellness company, Naaya, as well as how she approaches wellness.
    Whether making yoga and meditation accessible to those who need the practice most, or telling stories of marginalized folks through elevated photo and video, Sinikiwe is dedicated to creating a more equitable and just society. In this conversation, Sinikiwe speaks about how she does not believe in a one-size-fits-all wellness practice, focusing instead on asking ourselves: what "brings us joy?" Her work and efforts to make the wellness space more equitable can be found in Beyonce, Byrdie, Dame, Goop, Well and Good, and Refinery29. Her previous teaching and speaking engagements include The Re-Treat, Create and Cultivate, The Wing, Unwell Conference, Lululemon, Goop League, Summit, Faherty Sun Sessions, and Girlvana.
    Listen to this episode to hear Sinikiwe share what she lost in the pandemic and what keeps her going in difficult moments. Mungi also highlights Sinikiwe's automatic email response and the two have a conversation about how to balance granting yourself grace in this fast-paced world.
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    • 41 min
    Dawn Gifford Engle | Co-Founder, Activist and Filmmaker | Acts of Peace

    Dawn Gifford Engle | Co-Founder, Activist and Filmmaker | Acts of Peace

    Today's guest is Dawn Gifford Engle. Dawn is a filmmaker, an activist, and Co-Founder of The PeaceJam Foundation. She has been recognized for excellence in filmmaking, a well-decorated director, Dawn is the recipient of 12 Best Director awards. She wrote and directed the award-winning documentary films, Rigoberta Menchu: Daughter of the Maya, Desmond Tutu: Children of the Light, Adolfo Perez Esquivel: Rivers of Hope, Oscar Arias: Without a Shot Fired, Betty Williams: Contagious Courage, The Dalai Lama -- Scientist, and Shirin Ebadi: Until We Are Free. In addition, she co-authored the book, "PEACEJAM: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace", which was published by Penguin in 2008, and she has been nominated 17 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
    The PeaceJam Foundation is creating the next generation of Nobel Peace Laureates, and in this episode, Dawn shares how the foundation came to be, the inspiring projects the youth have created, and what the most rewarding part of her work is. She also speaks about how she feels lucky to have reached her full potential, having started her career as an economist and has since added the titles - activist, author, filmmaker, mother and grandmother to her repertoire. She and Mungi discuss the Nobel laureates that have direct impacts on their lives and the promise of youth looking to bring about peace in our world.
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    • 41 min
    HRH Princess Esméralda of Belgium | Activist & Author | Courage to Heal

    HRH Princess Esméralda of Belgium | Activist & Author | Courage to Heal

    This week, host Mungi Ngomane is joined by Esméralda de Belgique, journalist, documentary-maker, keynote speaker, and author. Princess Esméralda is a member of the Belgian Royal family and the aunt of the current monarch, King Philippe. Throughout her career, she has co-produced documentaries and written several books about her family, environmental issues, and women Nobel Peace Prize winners. In this episode, HRH speaks to Mungi about the rewarding experience and learnings she got both writing about her family and making documentaries on their history.
    Esméralda is an advocate for women's and Indigenous rights, and supporting communities in the Amazon. In October 2019, Esméralda took part in the Extinction Rebellion protests in London where she was arrested and released later without charges. In this conversation, she explains how her father got her involved with Indigenous rights, her environmental work, and the interconnectedness of environmental advocacy and women's rights. Esméralda is very honest about Europe's plundering of resources and exploitation of people on the African continent. She has called for European nations, Belgium included, to confront their colonial past.
    To learn more about the two organizations Esméralda spoke about visits www.friendship.ngo and www.herowomenrising.org
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    • 39 min
    Courtney Martin | Author & Activist | Living in Our Broken World

    Courtney Martin | Author & Activist | Living in Our Broken World

    This week, host Mungi Ngomane is joined by Courtney Martin, Activist, Feminist, Author, Entrepreneur, and Journalist. Her book, Learning in Public: Lessons for a Racially-Divided America From my Daughter's School provides lessons that help white parents wondering if it's too early to speak to their young kids about racism—spoiler: it's not. Courtney is also the visionary behind the Substack newsletter, called Examined Family, and she co-founded the Solutions Journalism Network, FRESH Speakers, and the Bay Area chapter of Integrated Schools. Courtney is the Storyteller-in-Residence at The Holding Co, a lab to redesign care for the 21st century. Her work appears frequently in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and you can find her appearances on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor. Courtney also speaks widely at conferences and colleges.
    In this episode, Courtney shares how she lives out her activism creatively in her daily life, with information that people wishing to be allies can use, her newsletter, Examined Family, and an article she wrote called, The Reductive Seduction of Other People's Problems, that Mungi highly recommends. To learn more about Courtney and her work visit www.courtneyemartin.com
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    • 43 min
    Dennis Marcus | Founder & Executive Director | Ripples of Hope

    Dennis Marcus | Founder & Executive Director | Ripples of Hope

    This week, host Mungi Ngomane is joined by Dennis Marcus, the Executive Director of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights UK, an educational charity that works to inspire people to make human rights a reality in their everyday lives. Dennis co-founded the social impact agency Ubuntu London, working with leading politicians, global NGOs, and high profile activists, including honouring Nelson Mandela's co-accused Denis Goldberg, Ahmed Kathrada, and Andrew Mlangeni. Dennis also managed Patricia Scotland QC's successful 2015 bid to become the first female Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. He is a member of the Strategic Council of the Patchwork Foundation and the Committee for the Cherry Groce Memorial.
    In this episode, Mungi and Dennis discuss his connection to Ubuntu from his youth, and his current project, The World Reimagined, focused on the Transatlantic Slave Trade— how we understand it and how it impacts us all. He also shares a comparison between two of his identities, South African and German, and how both have approached their history.
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    • 35 min
    Tre'vell Anderson | Award-winning Journalist | Come Celebrate with Me

    Tre'vell Anderson | Award-winning Journalist | Come Celebrate with Me

    This week, host Mungi Ngomane is joined by the one and only Tre'vell Anderson. Tre'vell is an award-winning journalist whose work is dedicated to centering those in the margins. Tre'vell has worked for the LA Times, Out Magazine and is currently Editor-At-Large for Toronto's Xtra. In this episode, Tre'vell and Mungi discuss how they got into entertainment journalism, the possibility models they have looked to for inspiration into how their life could be, and their experience coming up as a non-binary, trans person at an all-male college.
    The two also spoke of Tre'vell's podcast, FANTI, where they and co-host Jarrett Hill have nuanced discussions about the things we're fans of, but also have some "anti" feelings towards. Tre'vell speaks about their purpose that revolves around making space for those who are in the margins so they can see themselves reflected back. They also remind us of the importance of showing up as our full selves, especially if we wish to achieve liberation, and highlight how both transphobia and homophobia impact heterosexual-identified and cis-identified people because they reinforce the ways we are told to show up in the world. To learn more about Tre'vell and their work, visit www.trevellanderson.com
    Note: The poem Tre'vell read in the episode is "won't you celebrate with me" by Lucille Clifton.
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 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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