Zimbabwean student Kerry-Ann Ratidzo Moyo addressed the University of Richmond, Virginia, United States, two days ago representing the graduating class of 2024.

She spoke about the African philosophy of ubuntu/hunhu.

The Ubuntu philosophy says “I am human only because of your humanity”. Ubuntu/hunhu is the idea that no one can be healthy when the community is sick. Ubuntu says if I undermine your humanity, I dehumanise myself. It lies at the heart of the African philosophy and way of life, thus impacts on critical aspect of people’s well-being”.

“Whatever you decide to pursue, never forget the power, the prevalence, and the privilege of human connection and the value that your existence brings to those around you”, said Moyo