South Africa-born Penuel Bhekizitha Ndaba, aka Hope, the great mentor and narrator of UMOJA – the Spirit of Togetherness – died on Tuesday this week.
The cause of the death has not been disclosed.
He was 59. Born on 22 October 1955 in Umlazi township (Durban) in KwaZulu-Natal, Hope was a self-taught musician and performer.
Hope recently returned back to South Africa after performing at the opening night of UMOJA in Washington DC in early November.
“UMOJA was his first theatre role. He was always up for a challenge and when the opportunity came to work with Umoja founders, Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni, he did not hesitate, the Umoja family said in a statement.
“Let us take this time to celebrate the life of this special man. You died a soldier, fighting with bravery. Memories remain and your purpose was served. May your soul rest in peace.” Twala said.
Photo: Hope Ndaba