We all know someone at work or at home, who is truly a selfless soul. They are the ones who continually take action to help build a brighter future for others, for organizations, and perhaps on a larger scale, for the environment, or even all humanity or the environment. In Africa, there is a word that describes this type of person – Ubuntu.
Ubuntu can be interpreted to mean “human kindness” or “I am because we are.” Throughout African cultures, it’s an essential way of life rooted in oneness and compassion. Ubuntu embraces our responsibility to act towards the well being of others, the enrichment of our community and the protection of our planet. While Ubuntu exists within us all, there are truly special individuals who have dedicated their lives to creating positive change.
While these people we know rarely, if ever, ask for anything in return for their good deeds, they are most definitely deserving of recognition. That’s why The Africa Channel has launched the Ubuntu Awards. The Ubuntu Awards celebrate organizations and individuals who exemplify Ubuntu, or ‘Human Kindness.”
Now you can nominate a person or organization that you believe demonstrates the true meaning of Ubuntu in three categories: Business & Innovation, Arts & Entertainment and Culture & Lifestyle.
To nominate this person or organization and honor them for creating a positive change in the world, just visit this website and complete the entry form: http://www.ubuntuawards.org
You can submit your nominations now through July 8th. Three nominees will be selected in each category by The Africa Channel and a panel of experts/influencers in each field. The public will then cast votes to determine the winners. Finalists will be announced during TAC’s Ubuntu Week from July 18-24, with winners being announced on August 1.
Narendra Reddy, EVP Content & Global Operations, TAC, said, “The word Ubuntu comes from South Africa and is often translated as ‘humanity towards others’. The Ubuntu Awards provides an apropos way for The Africa Channel to celebrate the legacy of a true humanitarian, Nelson Mandela. It seeks to recognize those whose contributions are making a profound social impact by espousing the spirit of Ubuntu.”
The Africa Channel (www.theafricachannel.com ) is a showcase for the African continent’s most outstanding English-language television series, specials, documentaries, feature films, music, soaps, biographies, current business analysis and cultural and historical programs. These travel, lifestyle and culture-oriented programs reflect the people of Africa, their incredible stories, their daily lives, their music and art, their successes, celebrations and challenges. The channel’s mission is to open up a daily window into modern African life and, in the process, help demystify Africa for American viewers. The Africa Channel is based in Los Angeles and is available in approximately 10 million homes in the U.S. on cable systems such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox.