Kwanzaa Day 6: Kuumba means Creativity (Swahili Language)

InformAfrica – Kwanzaa Day 6: Today’s principle in Swahili is ‘Kuumba‘ which means ‘Creativity‘, and encourages us 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.

Kuumba means creativity, be it in the way we think or act, be as creative as possible using logical thinking!

Kuumba means creativity, be it in the way we think or act, be as creative as possible using logical thinking!

“In a world where war lays waste the lands and lives of the people, where depletion, pollution and plunder of the environment put the world at risk and climate change threatens devastating hurricanes, floods, famine, millions more of refugees and the submersion by rising seas of whole communities and nations, the principle and practice of Kuumba (Creativity) is imperative. For it puts forth the ethical ancestral teaching from the Husia of serudj ta, the moral obligation to do all we can in the way we can to heal, repair, rebuild, and renew the world, leaving it more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.” -Dr. Maulana Karenga (Founded the African-American holiday, Kwanzaa).

Still on Creativity, now let’s dig further into some knowledgeable-creative thinking:

What does Kuumba mean? Kuumba is a Swahili word for Creativity.

What does Kuumba mean? Kuumba is a Swahili word for Creativity.

How Does Creativity Come About? (Theories) 

1. Creativity is assumed “to bring something into being or form out of nothing.”
2. Creative idea may be considered as a “novel combination of old ideas.”
3. Creativity is part of how fundamentally new ideas emerge.

Two Types of Creativity (Theoretically) 

1. Psychological creativity: The creation of a novel idea that a person have not had before (even if other people may have considered it).

2. Historical Creativity: Personal creative ideas that no one else have had before.

Accidental historical reasons, however, may make us to attribute discovery of a certain idea to one particular person. (Ref: Boden, 1994).

Blacks (Africans) ought to be searching, creating, exploring and discovering (new) ideas, information, and innovations. In order to refine existing ideas and innovation (technology), applying logical thinking, using knowledge and understanding to form new ideas – creatively, especially that which could solve any of Africa’s problems and/or uplift our economy.

*Think Creativity*, *Think Africa* Happy Kwanzaa!

This Africa information is filed under: Afrikan Consciousness

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Reference:

Theories of Creativity: University of Helsinki, Dept. of Psychology – Kai Hakkarainen 

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