I recently wrote a guest post for Kwanzaa Culinarians, a blog that shares recipes and food stories from the African Diaspora. Inspired by the principles of Kwanzaa, I share some thoughts and memories to do with food, identity and African-Diaspora Relations.
I've had some interesting conversations over the years with regards to Kwanzaa – what it's about and whether it's really African. The debate about authenticity can get off-piste – afterall, we human beings are constantly evolving and even inventing traditions and culture. Oftentimes we do this by drawing from the traditions and culture of others.
The principles of Kwanzaa are in line with this spirit of sharing and mutually beneficial exchange: Umoja (unity); Kujichagulia (self-determination); Ujima (collective work and responsibility); Ujamaa (cooperative economics); Nia (a sense of purpose); Kuumba (creativity) and; Imani (faith).
Check out my musings and interpretations of those concepts and values here.
Illustration by yours truly: Lulu Kitololo
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