“I am because we are”.

An anthropologist has proposed a game for the children in a South-Africa Tribe. He put a basket full of fruits near a tree and told to the children that the first who arrived won the reward. When he started the race, to his surprise, they all came together and ran to the tree, before sitting and enjoying their “agapé”. When the anthropologist asked them onwhat they did, they told him : “UBUNTU, how can we be happy if others are sad ?”.

“UBUNTU”, in the Xhosa cultur, means : “I am, because we are”.

Etymology : “UBUNTU” is a concept coming from South-Afrika who find its origins in bantoues languages and, has been bind with the story of Apartheid. The world itself is impossible to translate, but its dissemination, beyond the originals languages, corresponds to its use to express a rapport between the individual and what is common; according to Desmond Tutu, “Someone UBUNTU is open-minded and available for the others” because he is conscious “he belongs to something greater”.



This principle has been internationally popularized (since 2004) by an computing operating system called “Ubuntu”, created by the South-African contractor Mark Shuttleworth. The name has been granted as a brand, by the society Canonical. A common definition speaks about “the quality inherent to be a person among others persons”.

The term “UBUNTU” is often related to the proverb : “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” which means approximately : ” I am what I am because you are what you are”, or, more literal : “I am what I am through what we all are”. In other words, “UBUNTU” idea is reciprocal incentive, a share that build mutually people.