Habari Gani: What’s the word?

The Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa are:

  • Umoja (oo-MOH-jah): Unity

    Success starts with Unity. Unity of family, community, nation and race.

  • Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah): Self-Determination

    To be responsible for ourselves. To create your own destiny.

  • Ujima (oo-JEE-mah): Collective work and responsibility

    To build and maintain your community together. To work together to help one another within your community.

  • Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH): Collective economics

    To build, maintain, and support our own stores, establishments, and businesses.

  • Nia (NEE-ah): Purpose

    To restore African American people to their traditional greatness. To be responsible to Those Who Came Before (our ancestors) and to Those Who Will Follow (our descendants).

  • Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah): Creativity

    Using creativity and imagination to make your communities better than what you inherited.

  • Imani (ee-MAH-nee): Faith

Believing in our people, our families, our educators, our leaders, and the righteousness of the African American struggle.

Author: niaknowles

Real Estate Broker, Christian Yogi, Mother of three

One thought on “Habari Gani: What’s the word?”

  1. About time you found your PURPOSE. Do you recall how we came to Kujichagulia to go to a Habari Gani celebration in the Bronx 20 years ago. Shhhhh. Don’t say it to loud, your Mama might be listening. Imani has really demonstrated her Kuumba on the guitar . Cassia is still in her Ujimaa and Joy is starting to comprehend Ujamaa.
    Thats the Word for Today.
    See you Thursday
    HAppy Nappy New Year
    UmoJoe Presto Gleeah

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