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Author: Tafari, Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007 at 5:12 AM Mindspill
Now that the holidays are over (excluding Eid Al-Adha) I am looking back & thinking about the seven principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa which ended yesterday.

My family did not totally celebrate Kwanzaa as structured but we hosted a Kwanzaa event last Saturday (12/22/06) which was geared towards giving children information on Kwanzaa & the importance of acknowledgment and or celebration of the seven days.

We hosted about 12 kids (what a challenge for me) & had an African naming ceremony (my name is Tafari, which means one who inspires awe), a Kwanzaa info session with Q & A, we poured Libations, ate dinner & did a craft; in essence Kwanzaa in a small but intense dose.

So anyway moving forward a week, I head a hair appointment this past Saturday (12/29/06) & we got to talking about Kwanzaa & how many Blacks are just misinformed on the symbolism & importance of the day, the we started to specifically talk about the Nguzo Saba.

Since you are reading this I will assume that you are familiar with the Nguzo Saba but if you are, please see below. My friends & I discussed that Africans across the world should practice and acknowledge these principles 24 -|- 7 -|- 365.

I view practicing/living by the Nguzo Saba as a common sense approach to self sufficiency & Unity in Africa and the diasporic continuum. Mindspill Umoja (Unity)
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. MindspillKujichagulia (Self-Determination)
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves. MindspillUjima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together. MindspillUjamaa (Cooperative Economics)
To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. MindspillNia (Purpose)
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. MindspillKuumba (Creativity)
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. MindspillImani (Faith)
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

As always I respect all view points, whether you celebrate, acknowledge or think Kwanzaa is bootleg, But I think after examining the Nguzo Saba, how can you deny that this is a start to pulling us together?

If you celebrated Kwanzaa in any kinda way, I would love to know what you did (drop a comment).
Official Kwanzaa Site

4 Responses to “Live it Everyday”

  1. Krayoni Says:

    I went to the celebration they had at the African-American Museum in Baltimore..

  2. Lovin' Locks Says:


    Just had to step in and check on my lil BygBaby and say happy, most prosperous 2007 to you and your sweet lady and family.

    I want to get better at blogging. The support of seasoned vets as yourself is most encouraging. Consequently, I have a link at my blog over to your blog in the spirit of “Nia” among other things.


    “So let it be written, let it be done”

    Lovin’ Locks

  3. Asabagna Says:

    Much Love and Happy New Year Tafari!

    Thanks for the comment on my page on the subject of Kwanzaa. You got me meditating on my beliefs as a Christian and how it relates my existence as a Man of African descent. I know exactly what you mean about your “love/hate” relationship with a religion which was used by the “white matrix” to spiritually and mentally enslave our people…. not ONLY in the past, but also today. BUT that is not the whole story. I am developing a post to address the issue of my continuous development in the spiritual realm as a Black Man (thanks to you), especially since I have dedicated myself this year to deepen my spiritual growth and enlightenment.

    In regards to Kwanzaa, the seven principles are certainly positive and progressive attributes, and as you state, they should be acknowleged and practiced by those of us of African descent 24-7-365! I just don’t see them as religious principles that replace or are even equal to the significance of the birth of Christ. Can they be incorporated with religious beliefs? Certainly… as a cultural foundation for the upliftment of our people, they are solid! I commend your utilization of the principles of Kwanzaa with the children. Nice! A positive and significant end and start of a year.

    (As an aside, when I went on my pilgrimmage to the Motherland in 1997, a Ghanaian village held a naming ceremony for me. It signified my return and rebirth and the village Chief gave me the name “Asabagna” which means “hunter”. It was the name of his ancestor who had found the village).

    Thanks for the inspiration and may God bless and keep you and your family Tarafi!


  4. Bygbaby Says:

    @ krayoni – Thx for stopping by, I bet you had fun, sounds fabu!

    @ Lovin’ Locks – Consider it done.

    @ Asabagna – I told my friend about my comment on your blog, specifically the “white oriented matrix” & she was like shit, I like that. So her new goal is to stay out herself. I will stay tuned to your post sounds very interesting.

    I do not view the principles as religious at all & IMHO, they can be practiced right along side the 10 commandments. For kicks, imagine Moses on Mt Sinai with the commandments & the Nguzo Saba. LOL

    The Nguzo Saba is very non-denominational. As Dr. Karenga stated over 20 million celebrate every year so I feel positive assuming that the Nguuzo Saba crosses without conflict religious lines.

    I am so hoping to go to Africa this year. Not sure when & how but I am willing it so.


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