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Ubuntu is Africa's gift to the world

By unknown | Jan 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

In celebrating the new leader of the free world, Africa must realise its greatness and its unique gift that it offers the world: Ubuntu.

This is the bold assertion of African leadership education and training consultant Barbara Nussbaum. She pays tribute and acknowledges an ubuntu exemplar, US President Barack Obama, who she says embodies ubuntu with his global outlook, humanitarian view, inspirational and motivational oratory and captivating courage.

"The day Barack Obama was elected US president, I was stunned and moved by a sacred moment in time," Nussbaum writes in the emergent black-run literary periodical, Words etc.

"It was a day where history felt blessed. Like billions of people around the world, I shared a contagious hope for a different future. And then, part of me felt a deep and sober sadness. What has taken us so long as a world to wake up?

"In Obama, we have a leader with a magnificent ability to communicate across class, race and nations," Nussbaum wrote.

"Obama's powerful message of hope and change reflects the keen awareness about humanity's inter-connectedness.

"Our choices and decisions, small and large, individually and collectively, affect each other continuously and have global repercussions. When I hear Obama speak, I recognise an ubuntu exemplar.

"The concept of ubuntu has loomed large in my life. It describes humanity's connectedness and Obama exemplifies it," Nussbaum wrote.

Congolese student Raiz Beneza, who is currently engaged in peace studies in Norway, describes ubuntu simply:

"I am because you are, I became because you became; we are human beings through the eyes of other human beings; my dignity is your dignity. That is what ubuntu teaches us."

Nussbaum hopes that while acknowledging Obama's greatness, "we also recognise our own greatness as Africans and the gift of ubuntu we can bring to the world".

l Nussbaum is among 16 writers whose articles are dedicated to Obama's unique feat of beating all imaginable odds to ascend the world's highest social, political and economic pedestal. All the articles can be found in all leading book shops.

Read and be entertained, informed and even enlightened by this diverse unravelling of a rare leadership icon in the making.


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