HABARI GANI ? ? ? ? ? ? ? . . . KWANZAA/NGUZO SABA ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Posted on December 26, 2015 by


kwanza symbol 1HABARI GANI?  (What’s the news? What’s up?)
On the first day of the Kwanzaa week the answer is  UMOJA!
Umoja (uu-moh’-jah) / Unity: to strive and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. (To strive for a principled, harmonious togetherness in the family, community, nation and world African community.)
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This principle for living grows from the consciousness and experience of The Creator living in and through each of us and all of us. It is the expectation that in our relationships with one another we will strive to live and give nothing less than the love, truth, righteousness, harmony and high expectations that the spirit of GOD within empowers us to do.

(The Umoja Symbol — Solomon’s knot or Kramo-bone: has been used across a number of cultures and historical eras, and given a range of symbolic interpretations. Solomon’s knot of the Yoruba people often denotes royal status; the Kuba people, attribute mystical meaning to it, as do the Akan People. In the Adinkra symbol system, a version of Solomon’s knot is the Kramo-bone symbol, interpreted as meaning “one being bad makes all appear to be bad”. It is a warning against hypocrisy. 
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 kwanzaa symbol 2HABARI GANI?
For the second day of Kwanzaa it is KUJICHAGULIA!
Kujichagulia (kuu-jee-cha-guu-lee’-ah) / Self-determination: to define ourselves, name ourselves, create and speak for ourselves instead of being defined, named, created for and spoken for by others.
This principle seeks to secure our collective commitment to use the intellectual, analytical and visionary powers of our hearts and minds to evaluate and define the circumstances of our lives and take responsibility for defining and implementing the means by which we can achieve the greatest good and well-being for our families and communities – here and now and evermore.
Let’s WORK on this! — 24/7/365 !!! 

(Kujichagulia symbol — the Ashanti stool of royalty — calling us to exercise, collectively, the deep diligence and determination required to make ourselves the royal authority for the shaping of our lives and destiny.)

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kwanzaa symbol 3HABARI GANI?
On the third day of Kwanzaa it’s UJIMA!
Ujima (uu-jee’-mah) / Collective Work and Responsibility: to strive to build and maintain our community together and make our sisters’ and brothers’ problems our problems and to solve them together.
This is a commitment and behavior that grows from the spirit and power of Umoja and Kujichagulia within. It is your willingness to help, to the fullest extent of your capabilities, members of your family and community to achieve the greatest good and well-being that life can yield. It’s not talk but walk! It is action designed to achieve the greatest good that a given life or situation has potential to yield.
(Let’s really, really work on this!)

(Ujima symbol — the andikra, akoma ntoso (linked hearts) — symbolizing the depth and character of understanding and agreement we need for the great works to be undertaken.)

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kwanzaa symbol 4HABARI GANI?
On the fourth day of Kwanzaa it’s Ujamaa
Ujamaa (uu-jah-mah’) / Cooperative economics: to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together. (To build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth.)
This is the primary means by which to reap the benefits and blessings embodied in the wisdom that teaches, “GOD helps those who help themselves.” It is the means by which to implement the economic aspects of our plans for the greatest good and well-being for our families and communities. Ujamaa also means “family” and calls us as family and community to establish and support networks of enterprises whose concepts of profit and success include serving and assisting those whose patronage provides for that success. Ujamaa means using the best know-how and strategies in the universe of economic activity to maximize our buying power, employment and ownership opportunities, and long-term economic well-being – at every level, on every front.
(We have big work to do here!) 

(Ujamaa symbol — a creative derivation of a symbol associated with the Neter, Neith [Kemet/ancient Egypt], feminine goddess of the principles of self-begotten, self-produced, self-existent, and self-sustained — calling us to exercise those qualities and powers for the economic well-being of family, community, nation and race.)

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kwanzaa symbol 5HABARI GANI?
For the fifth day of Kwanzaa it’s NIA!
Nia (nee’-ah) / Purpose: to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
Nia is vision, commitment and undying diligence — informed and inspired through our “Sankofa” discoveries — that we are called to know and share in our hearts and souls, as we pull together – “Harambee” (hah-rahm-bay’) – for the greatest good and well-being of our families and communities throughout the world.

“Sankofa” is our looking back to the awesome discoveries and achievements of our ancestors in every field of human endeavor. Our ancestors were the premiere and superior creators and innovators of human achievement in agriculture, medicine, architecture, economics, education, politics, science, spirituality and more. They made it possible for humanity to move from barbarism to civilization. Nia is the desire and determination that this knowledge engenders within our individual and collective consciousness to emulate and excel that excellence in our endeavors; not only for the benefit of our families and communities but, ultimately, for all humanity.
Somehow these words from ASAR Dr. Chancellor Williams – [The Destruction Black Civilization] — seem exceptionally appropriate here: “The task we now face will test the genius of the Black race. . . . It is their (our) greatest challenge in this era of perpetual crisis. They will accept it if they have come to understand at last that equal rights and equal justice will never come from appeals to the mighty, and granted as an Act of Grace, but only from their own position of power and influence which develop from a united people . . . If we fail to accept this challenge at this critical turning point in our history, we will have proved ourselves unworthy of having any descendants, and our very names should be forgotten by them — or cursed to the farthest generation.”  NIA !!!

(Nia symbol – the Nfr [heart & windpipe] symbol of Kemet – calling us to be as serious about these matters as we are about life itself.)

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kwanzaa symbol 6HABARI GANI?
On the sixth day of Kwanzaa it’s KUUMBA!
Kuumba (kuu-uum’-bah) / Creativity: to do always as much as we can, in any way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it.
Kuumba, in Kiswahili, refers supremely to the spirit and power of The Most High doing the work of Creation. This understanding serves to elevate our thoughts and perceptions regarding the way in which we are to use the skills and talents – the “creativity” – entrusted to us or developed by us. They are sacred gifts and powers to be used not only for the individual’s personal satisfaction and well-being but, even more, for the advancement of the cause of peace, prosperity and wholeness for our families and communities throughout the earth. Kuumba is about finding, knowing and revering the creative power of “GOD” within you, not merely for entertainment and fun, but for the eternal attainment of making the world a better place, and doing all that you can, in every way you can to make your fullest contribution toward the attainment of that goal. Kuumba is for hope, justice and joy; truth, beauty and goodness! 

(Kuumba symbol – a seven-ray star (Kemet) — calling each of us to grow in knowing and showing the creative gifts entrusted unto us in the most NTR/GOD-like manner possible.)

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kwanzaa symbol 7HABARI GANI?
On the seventh day of Kwanzaa it’s IMANI!
Imani (ee-mah’-nee) / Faith: to believe with all our hearts in our Creator, our people, our parents, teachers and leaders, and in the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Imani is the eternal flame of hope, courage and determination that is fueled by the presence and impact of DIVINITY WITHIN YOUR BEING!! It is that “something within” that keeps you trusting that the way of Truth and Righteousness will ultimately provide for the prosperity and peace of our families and communities and all the earth. Imani keeps you striving diligently to make your best contribution toward that prosperity and peace — come what may. Imani is the quality and force of your respect for the potential of divinity within you that keeps the flames of these principles, this way of life, alive and well in you. Let’s keep the faith!

(Imani symbol – the ankh and djed combined [Kemet — key of life & tree or column] – calling us to emulate and surpass our worthy ancestors in revering the sacred gift of life and in being steadfast, resilient and unshakable in embracing and proliferating our righteous way of life.)

Let’s always remember and exemplify these principles and precepts that have been tried, tested and proven by our ancestors and elders throughout our history, all over the world. Let’s sit together on this day as family and decide how to encourage, inspire and empower each member to do all they can in this regard.

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Kwanzaa Setting

KWANZAA YENU IWE NA HERI !!!   >>   May the days of Kwanzaa — (and all the days of your lives) — be full of purpose, good fortune and blessedness beyond measure — (peace, love, joy & more — more than words can say) !!!

(Joy/Happiness for the new year!)

ANKH, UDJA, SENEB !!! (Life, Prosperity/Vitality, Health !!!)

–Brother Mxolisi Ozo-Sowande / T. Sowell