Chris Abani tells stories of people: people standing up to soldiers, people showing compassion, people being human or reclaiming their humanity. And according to this critically-acclaimed Nigerian poet and novelist, these stories are a way of imparting something called "ubuntu." Meaning, the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me. "...the world is never saved in grand, messianic gestures but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion; everyday acts of compassion..."


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  • Brian

    Thanks Guys. We're blessed that he's still with us...Patriarchy = "entails Female subordination" Women's bathrooms...? we should ask ourselves honestly as a Planet, where is Patriarchy a dealthly hindrance to our Global progression? Yes, Global...Soon, as satellite telemetries become "aware", justice will be served. Hopefully the Planet survives...Amen...peace...

  • maryanika

    Simple accumulation of daily gestures of compassion. There is no way for us to be human without other people. Amazing woman. Act of kindness despite fear and anger.

  • j

    Beautiful, Amazing

  • Thierry

    I have just read those beautiful lines from Chris Abani: 'Happen that we call upon God but it is only a breeze ruffling a prayer book in a small church where benches groan in the heat.'

  • ajaya

    After all that this man has seen and been subjected to so much inhumanity and cruelty...... he holds himself up with the dignity , compassion and love for life!

  • Jeffrey Farrar Dean

    His own Personal Humanity.

  • Tess

    The grandness of a caring who witnesses horror and evil; yet remains true to the sanctity of his heart.

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  • Kristin Pedemonti

    "the simple act of kindness from a complete stranger will unstitch you." let us reclaim our humanity. recognize the amazing people who offer the mirror to our own humanity. Thank you! let us see the human in front of us. Be compassionate to Every ONE.

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  • Learn about the amazing life of Chris Abani.
  • Read two of Chris Abani's searingly beautiful poems, written after being imprisoned and tortured in Nigeria.
  • Sit down with an elderly person in your community, ask them to tell you their story, and record it in writing or on videotape.

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