The Meaning of Ubuntu

By Deane Barker on June 18, 2008

From a CNN article about the Celtics beating the Lakers last night:

It was a group effort by this gang in green, which bonded behind Rivers, who borrowed an African word ubuntu (pronounced Ooh-BOON-too) and roughly means ”I am, because we are” in English, as the Celtics’ unifying team motto.

The Celtics gave the Lakers a 12-minute crash course of ubuntu in the second quarter.

I looked it up:

Ubuntu is a sub-Saharan African ethic or humanist ideology focusing on people’s allegiances and relations with each other.



  1. I must confess I prefer the definition I saw in an email signature:

    “Ubuntu” is an African word meaning “Slackware is too hard.”

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