Mwa Hungwe

Chief Strategy Officer

My name is Mwa Hungwe. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I have lived in the United States for more than half of my life. I remember like it was yesterday when I first moved to the United States. I was excited and ready to embark on the new chapter of my life. However, amid all that excitement was fear, I missed home so much. I remember as a coping mechanism replaying in my head the stories my grandmother told me, those stories and memories kept me going.

When I was growing up, I learned a lot from my grandparents through the stories they would tell us. Stories that were not written yet told and passed down generations. Back in the day families lived together in the same area, but due to globalization we now find families in different parts of the world. As a result, it has become a challenge to keep those oral traditions going of storytelling, sharing culture, and keeping dreams alive, but Ubuntu Nerudo African Heritage amongst other things is here to close that gap.

I am drawn to Ubuntu because it ties into my values and beliefs. We are who we are, I am because we are. That resonates with me because I know I did not get here by my own doing. I am because of the people who came before me and led the way. Without culture and storytelling there is no way I would be able to know who I am and why I am. That is why I am passionate about this organization. It not only helps me to understand who I am and where I came from, but it also helps others and future generations to understand who they are and where they came from. This organization will help future generations like my son and his children to learn about their past which is difficult to do when in the diaspora.

Ubuntu speaks to community and generations, it is not only about one person me or you, it is about us. One of my favorite African Proverbs is, if you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far go together. This life is not meant to be lived fast, it is meant to be lived together and with that comes success, prosperity, family, dreams, community, and happiness.

challenge to keep those oral traditions going of storytelling, sharing culture, and keeping dreams alive, but Ubuntu Nerudo African Heritage amongst other things is here to close that gap.

I am drawn to Ubuntu because it ties into my values and beliefs. We are who we are, I am because we are. That resonates with me because I know I did not get here by my own doing. I am because of the people who came before me and led the way. Without culture and storytelling there is no way I would be able to know who I am and why I am. That is why I am passionate about this organization. It not only helps me to understand who I am and where I came from, but it also helps others and future generations to understand who they are and where they came from. This organization will help future generations like my son and his children to learn about their past which is difficult to do when in the diaspora.

Ubuntu speaks to community and generations, it is not only about one person me or you, it is about us. One of my favorite African Proverbs is, if you want to go fast go alone, but if you want to go far go together. This life is not meant to be lived fast, it is meant to be lived together and with that comes success, prosperity, family, dreams, community, and happiness.