WBC presents the South Africa “Ubuntu” Belt, a Humanitarian Trophy to recognise Lamati vs Mchanjo
The WBC has proudly presented their brand-new Southern Africa “Ubuntu” belt, especially designed and created for the bantamweight bout between South African LLudumo Lamati (18-0-1, 10KO) and Tanzanian Haidari Mchanjo (16-9-5, 6KO) on May 22 in Johannesburg.
30-year-old unbeaten prospect Lamati is a former IBO World super-bantamweight champion who hasn't fought in 11 months since winning the title in June 2021.
Mchanjo is the reigning Tanzanian featherweight champion with a bit of a checkered record, but has put together four straight victories over the past 10 months, notching up 30 rounds of action, so carries good momentum and confidence into his 31st bout.
The World Boxing Council issed this statement: "The WBC has a long-standing relationship with boxing in Africa and South Africa, as we pride to have stood firmly in support of all humanitarian efforts, rejected any form of discrimination and abuse of power. This belt is to be presented to the winner of this important fight by Dr. Peter Ngatane, Mr. Alan Norman.
"We are currently working on specific protocols to be able to launch, in the future, a Southern African title under the management of the African Boxing Union. This new title has been designed to represent the spirit of Ubuntu, a core African principle promoting dignity in actions, thoughts and deeds when interacting with others. We hope that by introducing this new title and belt, Southern African boxers will be given greater opportunity to be recognized within the boxing fraternity and the WBC family and that this belt will be a catalyst to guide young and talented fighters to fulfil their dreams of obtaining WBC belt."
THE UBUNTU WBC AFRICA BELT
The belt is inspired by the spirit of UBUNTU – the force that drives the African soul.
UBUNTU is a philosophical stance that resonates with much of the African continent. Meaning humanity, UBUNTU is also expressed as “I am because we are”, or “I am because you are”.
The term is given different expression and/or pronunciation relative to the place within the continent, however, they all share the same philosophy, that is, the connectedness that exists (or should exist) between people. UBUNTU can also be a way of thinking what it means to be human and how we as humans should behave towards each other.
The belt symbolizes the strength that lies within togetherness. It places a spotlight on the many African misconceptions, while it also highlights the side of Africa that is hardly shown to the world, and therefore places emphasis back on the true African spirit of UBUNTU.
Therefore, the belt is more than a trophy, as it symbolises the characteristic of a true Africa, and what it means to be an African: true warrior, the brave spirit, the force of the soul that beats within all African children’s hearts, as well as the fertile soil that holds them firm.
The Inner black ring with the three smaller circles around the edge symbolises the strong force of the soul which is the African spirit “UBUNTU”.
The honeycomb in the centre circle symbolises the spiritual input, as well as the connectivity and strength between those who came before us, the present generation, and the future generations.
The dark black/golden colors symbolises the fortune and the blessings of Mother Africa, which have been bestowed unto all her children to have and enjoy. Not only that, but to nurture for future generations because the philosophy of UBUNTU also requires that we prepare the paths of those that are yet to come.
The flags symbolises our growth and the victories within our unity.
BLACK/GOLD WBC LOGO: Symbolises the value of all living organisms.
*Black man in logo reason will be explained
*African flags reason will be explained
The print reflects the beauty of the African diversity.
Black: Spiritual energy and maturity.
Blue: Love, harmony, togetherness and peace.
Orange: The balance in the universe.
Gold: Wisdom, understanding, and enlightenment.
Child of the universe (god’s child)
About the designer: Nyambo Masamara
A Rwandan born, raised in eight African countries, now living in South Africa, Nyambo Masamara is a versatile multi-disciplinary artist, Textile and fashion designer, working in a range of media and across platforms.
Nyambo is a pseudonym derived from his totemic relationship to the national cattle of Rwanda, with the elegant long horns. They are accorded royal status in his homeland.
His highly acclaimed fashion brand is MASAMARA. The artist’s work is informed by his life experiences. One of 13 children, he was born to a mixed heritage couple in Rwanda before the genocide. His family was forced to flee to the DRC in 1994, and continued to move between Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. At the age of 13, he was sent overland by his family to join his older brother, who was working as a car-guard in South Africa.
He was accorded refugee status in South Africa. He attended High School and College in Cape Town. Cape Town is his home. An accountant by training, he practices as a professional fashion designer and now artist. He is 29. Nyambo Masaara is young, charismatic and visionary. His work is the ultimate attestation to his personality – vibrant, exploratory, resilient and transformative, but deeply considered and utterly routed in his pan-African physical and spiritual identity.
While his fashion design evokes a vivid reification of the best of Africa: Pan-/Trans-/Uni-African, it is all-encompassing in identity, borrowing and transforming visually and ichnographically. He designs and prints his own fabric – referencing the kaleidoscopic and ubiquitous signature Ankara wax print of Africa.
Nyambo MasaMara locates himself in a Pan-African identity, while still acknowledging his liminality – between-ness, transformative transience, perpetual movement, and searching and… physical homeless- and state-less-ness, but a spiritual centeredness. As all refugees, he remains in limbo, an outsider, and an ‘alien’. And yet the beauty of form and color, and his personal optimism, and spiritual evocations ultimately transcend his painful circumstances. This, his debut exhibition, signals a transition from spectacular fashion, to a profound visual art.