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Elevating the descendants of Africa through Ubuntu

Working together to achieve success.

Patrick Musyoka

May 24, 2021

2 min read

There is no better time for descendants of Africa to unite than now. Historical and continental African Diaspora must embrace unity and work towards common goals such as excellence, equality, and improved socioeconomic status. Be it Afro-Caribbeans, Afro Brazilians, African Americans, African-Britons, or indigenous Africans at home – we share a common history of struggle against enslavement and colonisation.  We are united as a family, not just by our past but also by our destiny.

Even though we have made significant progress in achieving liberation and excellence, we still have a lot to do to elevate our community. We need to speak in one voice and go beyond ending systemic racism to positioning our community in greater heights of excellence and success. And to achieve our goals, Africans in the Diaspora and Africans on the home continent must live to the spirit of Ubuntu.

What is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is an African humanist philosophy with roots in South Africa. The term Ubuntu means "I am because we are." In fact, it is part of a Nguni saying "Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu," which literally means that “a person is a person because of other people." Essentially, the Ubuntu philosophy implies that we are all interconnected, and no one person can live or succeed alone as an island.

Simply put, the spirit of Ubuntu encourages us to be human and acknowledge and respect the humanity of others. Ubuntu should be at the centre of all our thoughts, speech, and deeds as we mingle with other people. At the core of Ubuntu lies the critical virtues of humanity and compassion. And yes, we need each to succeed as the descendants of Africa.

Ubuntu is widely used in South Africa to reference the country's spirit of togetherness and the people's ability to unite towards achieving common goals. Nelson Mandela was a champion of the Ubuntu spirit. And through it, he was able to unite South Africans and guide them towards liberation from institutional and systemic racism propagated by the colonial apartheid rule. Essentially, Mandela’s legacy is a great inspiration for us – that we can achieve anything as a community when we unite towards a common purpose.

The champion of Ubuntu philosophy in the contemporary world is Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In his book, No Future Without Forgiveness, Tutu says that a person with Ubuntu is "open and available to others" and acquires this Ubuntu by being part of a larger group.

The Ubuntu philosophy has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. You see, Linux computer operating system uses the name Ubuntu in distributing its software. This software resonates with the Ubuntu philosophy in that it is open-source – implying that anyone can use it for any purpose for free. Indeed, it promotes a unique concept of a sharing spirit among humans that is quite uncommon in the world of computer software development.

Summing it up

WeAfric is a social networking platform for descendants of Africa that is inspired, to a great extent, by the Ubuntu philosophy. We are determined to unite all people of African descent as one family with a shared future, regardless of their geographical location. By connecting African Diaspora worldwide, we can create meaningful networks and dialogue and get the synergy we require to achieve our common goals. We can also transform the world and make it a better place for all, a world where our melanin intensity does not determine our worth. Together we can overcome our historical predicaments and create enormous empowerment for our community – socially, economically, and politically. It’s all by the power of Ubuntu!

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