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Ask Takudzwa 23 – Ubuntu-Unhu


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Canadian Atheist

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2020/02/02

Takudzwa Mazwienduna is the informal leader of Zimbabwean Secular Alliance and a member of the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe. This educational series will explore secularism in Zimbabwe from an organizational perspectiveand some more.

Here we talk about a small adjunct on Ubuntu and Unhu, and Humanism.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How does Ubuntu translate into Unhu and vice versa?

Takudzwa Mazwienduna: Ubuntu and Unhu both mean Humanism. Ubuntu is Swahili and Unhu is Shona.

Jacobsen: How does Humanism advance the notions of Ubuntu and Unhu?

Mazwienduna: The transition can be facilitated for by a cultural reform campaign, or capacity building programs in communities, strengthening the role traditional leaders who represent such values already strive for.

Jacobsen: What will be the transition from current Zimbabwean culture to an Ubuntu-Unhu-Humanism culture? How will this take place?

Mazwienduna: Humanism has the same outlook on life as Unhu or Ubuntu. Both words literally mean Humanism, or goodness, the highest virtue anyone can have in Bantu cultures.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Takudzwa.

Mazwienduna: It’s always a pleasure Scott.


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