It was the Great icon, Desmond Tutu that said...“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”

No one could probably explain 'UBUNTU' better he did. Ubuntu pronounced [ùbúntú], is a traditional African concept. The word ubuntu comes from the Zulu and Xhola languages, and can be roughly translated as "humanity towards others." Ubuntu embodies all those virtues that maintain harmony and the spirit of sharing among the members of a society. It implies an appreciation of traditional beliefs, and a constant awareness that an individual’s actions today are a reflection on the past, and will have far-reaching consequences for the future.

A stint of history might be insightful here; During the 1990s, the concept of ubuntu was adapted as an ideology by post-aparthied in South Africa as a vehicle to bring about harmony and cooperation among its many racial and ethnic groups. The ethical values of ubuntu include respect for others, helpfulness, community, sharing, caring, trust and unselfishness. Ubuntu underscores the importance of agreement or consensus, and gives priority to the well-being of the community as a whole.

A person with Ubuntu knows his or her place in the universe and is consequently able to interact gracefully with other individuals. One aspect of Ubuntu is that, at all times, the individual effectively represents the people from among whom he or she comes, and therefore tries to behave according to the highest standards and exhibit the virtues upheld by his or her society.

 Ubuntu brings a sense of oneness, the natural co-existence that is business. Consciously embracing Ubuntu in the way we live means being optimistic, courageous, self-confident and even minded in all circumstances.

complied: Petra Udeh/ editor: ToluRock