Dr Julius Nyerere was the recipient of this year’s Ubuntu Honour award, which was handed over to his widow Mrs Maria Nyerere. The trophy was received by Mr Mzee Joseph Bayoba Butiku who used to be Dr Nyerere’s personal secretary at a ceremony held at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. On the next day the South African delegation led by the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Mabudafhasi and the Acting South African Commissioner in Tanzania, his excellency Terry Govender, proceeded to the Nyerere residence to personally present the Trophy to Mrs Nyerere and the son, Mr Makongoro Nyerere.
Ubuntu Honours seeks to recognise any citizen of the world who has distinguished him or herself as an embodiment and a champion of the values and principles of humanity, in a manner that is consistent with Ubuntu. The criteria for selection is someone who in their work and deeds lived and left a lasting legacy influenced by values which the current and next generation could aspire to emulate and live by.
This year’s Ubuntu Honour was in partnership with the Somafco Trust and the University of Dar Es Salaam in celebration of the 20 years of freedom, which also coincides, with the 50 years of celebration of the Unification of Tanganyika, Pemba and Zanzibar.
“Great leaders like Dr Julius Nyerere and Tata Nelson Mandela continue to shape our world for the better” said Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa.
While at the Nyerere residence, Mr Nyerere expressed their joy in receiving the award on behalf of their father. He was not at the event and although Mrs Nyerere was visibly happy, she maintained a stoic outlook. “We hope to ignite social cohesion and oneness in Africa as a whole through these Ubuntu Honours to bring peace and development in our continent”, adds Mancotywa.