Per Ankh host a series of events throughout the year to celebrate our culture and heritage as African people.
This year we celebrated Kwanzaa on 27th December 2011 at the Leeds West Indian Centre, Leeds.
We choose to promote and celebrate Kwanzaa every year because we can think of no better way to celebrate our African family, ancestry, community, values and culture.
There is no way to understand and appreciate the meaning and message of Kwanzaa without understanding and appreciating its profound and pervasive concern with values. In fact. Kwanzaa’s reason for existence, its length of seven days, its core focus and its foundation are all rooted in its concern with values.
These values, referred to as the “Nguzo Saba”and serve as guideposts for community activity and daily living: Each day focuses on a specific principle, so there are seven principles. These are Umoja (Unity) Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) Ujamaa (Co-operative Economics) Nia (Purpose) Kuumba (Creative) and Imani (Faith).
In Leeds, we celebrated the principle of Kujichagulia (pronounced koo-jee-chah-goo-lee-ah) or Self-Determination which represents our ability to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
Per Ankh CE organise a range of opportunities for trade between African people. We host a series of African markets in West Yorkshire. Keep checking back regularly to see an updated list of when our next African Market is scheduled. We aim to continue to organise a variety of unique markets and events celebrating everything African.