Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, rose from a modest past to become one of the World’s greatest influences. In South Africa, the spirit of humanity is described in one word: Ubuntu.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu described the word’s meaning this way:
“…A person with Ubuntu is open and available to 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…”
Nadia put together this piece describing Nelson Mandela’s history; how South Africa’s perseverance through times such as apartheid (a civil rights struggle in the country) and the philosophy known as “Ubuntu” brought people together in many ways, just as we’ve seen with 2010’s World Cup.