Héritier Lumumba was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to a Brazilian mother and a Congolese father. At the age of two, Lumumba immigrated to Melbourne, Australia and spent most of his childhood in Perth, Western Australia.
Lumumba played professional football in the Australian Football League for twelve years. During the course of his 223 game career, Lumumba became a fan favorite and used his platform as a star athlete to speak out against all forms of oppression. Courageous and unapologetic, Lumumba called for individuals and institutions to confront their inconvenient relationship with racism.
Lumumba also developed unique mindfulness, meditation and dietary practices rooted in Afrocentric traditions, which helped him balance the mental and physical demands of his professional athletic career.
Lumumba remains passionate about building resilience in oppressed communities through mindfulness and capacity development.