What is “Ubuntu”?

Ubuntu
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Ubuntu is an Ngnuni word. Ngnuni languages are spoken in southern Africa. Zulu, Siswati, and Xhosa, for example, are Nguni languages.

Ubuntu is a philosophical concept meaning, ‘I am because we are.’ A person with Ubuntu has a quality of being human by recognizing the humanity of others. It shows in people who are compassionate and kind because of their own inner wellbeing.