The Southern African philosophy of ubuntu is based on the idea of our shared humanity and can be best described by the proverb, ‘A person is a person through other persons’. Mungi Ngomane, author of Everyday Ubuntu, introduces the idea of ubuntu, emphasising the significance of our connections and challenging the notion of the ‘self-made person’. The book finds its grounding in South Africa, journeying from the end of apartheid through the rebuilding of a nation.
Nompumelelo (Mungi) Ngomane is the granddaughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and patron of the Tutu Foundation UK. Mungi has never felt that her family forced her to follow in their footsteps but that their hope for justice and human dignity for all has been passed down through her genes. She has worked in Middle East conflict resolution and for the advancement of women and girls for some of the world’s foremost advocacy organizations and initiatives. She was recently campaign coordinator for Millions of Conversations, a campaign aimed at tackling Islamophobia and discrimination in the US. After she has brought Everyday Ubuntu into the world, she plans to return to NGO advocacy and programme management. She is passionate about human rights, specifically the advancement of women and girls, the protection of refugees and the liberation of the Palestinian people. She hopes one day all girls will have FUNdamental human rights. She has a Master’s in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.