In time for Kwanzaa and Christmas…AfridiziakGO! 2012 location Birmingham.

I was lucky enough to attend my first ever Afridiziak Gifts and Occasions winter fair in time for Christmas/Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration honoring African heritage.  It is celebrated from December 26 to January 1, ending in a feast and gift-giving. Founded by Maulana Karenga in 1966 as an alternative to mainstream practices and as a time for members of the black diaspora to celebrate their African Heritage.  The main focus of Kwanzaa is on the following:-

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves stand up.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (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.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
  • So staying through to the above mentioned, all vendors at the event were black selling produce which reflected and celebrated being black and black culture in all its monumental glory 😀
  • I really enjoyed the event!  I got to catch up with old friends and acquire new ones.  The atmosphere was very animated, there was a gentle hum punctuated quite often actually by bursts of laughter as those present spoke among themselves….I got drunk on rum cake…I kid you not O_O
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