It’s the first day of Kwaanza, a week-long African-American and pan-African celebration based on the Nguzo Saba or seven principles devised by the creator of Kwaanza, civil rights activist Dr Maulana Karenga.
The Nguzo Saba of the seven days of Kwanzaa:
Day 1: Umoja (unity)
Day 2: Kujichagulia (self-determination)
Day 3: Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
Day 4: Ujamaa (cooperative economics)
Day 5: Nia (purpose)
Day 6: Kuumba (creativity)
Day 7: Imani (faith, in others and in ourselves)
(‘Habari gani?’ is a common Swahili greeting, literally ‘What’s the news?’)
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