Kwanzaa Day 4: ‘Ujamaa’ Cooperative Economics

InformAfricans – Today [Dec. 29] is the 4th day of Kwanzaa and the principle of the day is ‘Ujamaa’ in the Swahili language, which represents ‘Cooperative Economics’. Kwanzaa is a week-long festival for the purpose of honoring and celebrating Afrikan culture and traditions with family, friends and community.

Ujamaa Kwanzaa principle

Ujamaa [Cooperative Economics]. Day 4 of Kwanzaa Principles.

Ujamaa [Cooperative Economics] is the 4th of 7 principles of Kwanzaa which is to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

A word from the founder of Kwanzaa:

“In a world where greed, resource seizure, and plunder have been globalized with maximum technological and military power, we must uphold the principle and practice of Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) or shared work and wealth. This principle reaffirms the right to control and benefit from the resources of one’s own lands and to an equitable and just share of the goods of the world.”- Dr. Maulana Karanga

Kwanzaa is observed and celebrated in the US among conscious African-Americans and other global African diaspora communities — from December 26 to January 1st every year.

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