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Tens of thousands of people celebrate Kwanzaa across the world and it has become a firm tradition in the calendars of African families in the UK. Kwanzaa lasts for 7 days starting on 26th December with the final day being celebrated on 1st January.

Kwanzaa Flyer

As you probably know, Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community.

These values are called the Nguzo Saba which in Swahili means the Seven Principles. Developed by Dr Maulana Karenga, the Nguzo Saba stand at the heart of the origin and meaning of Kwanzaa, for it is these values which are not only the building blocks for community but also serve to reinforce and enhance them.

Day Date Principle


1 26th December UMOJA
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race
2 27th December KUJICHAGULIA
Self Determination
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves
3 28th December UJIMA

Collective Work & Responsibility

To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together
4 29th December UJAMAA
Cooperative Economics
To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together
5 30th December NIA


To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness
6 31st December KUUMBA


To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it
7 1st January IMANI
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle

We celebrate the principle of Kujichagulia in Leeds on Saturday 27th December 2015, 4.00pm – 8.00pm and plan and organise our Kwanzaa events in conjunction with other African groups in the UK. Our Kwanzaa celebration last year was fantastic and the feedback we received was outstanding.

With everything centered around the Kwanzaa ceremony itself, we had a great mixture of guest speakers and performers and there was a good variety of African stalls with a wide selection of products to purchase like perfumes, soaps, clothing, DVD’s, books, jewellery, pottery, there was lots of merchandise to choose from.

This year, we have even more planned and would like you to come and celebrate Kwanzaa with us.

Thanks for reading, we would appreciate it if you would share this information with other members of the community too so that we can reach as many people as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to book a stall at this years event, contact us on 07974 611 667.

Per Ankh Events Team