by Michael Imhotep, TheMichaelImhotepShow.com
It’s that time of year again. It’s Kwanzaa time. This time of year you may see articles that talk about Kwanzaa and encourage African Americans to celebrate it. You may see articles from some uniformed people who speak out against Kwanzaa because of a lack of understanding or research. I have done presentations about Kwanzaa for the past 3 years and have discussed it on various radio shows including my show as well. What I want to do is dispel some myths and total outright lies about Kwanzaa which is something very positive for African Americans to not only celebrate for 7 days but to practice the 7 principles of the Nguzo Saba for 365 days a year.
Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African cultural holiday (not religious holiday) which celebrates family, community and culture. It’s celebrated from Dec. 26th – Jan. 1st. The name Kwanzaa comes from the Kiswahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits”. Its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Kiswahili also called Swahili. Kiswahili is a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African language. Kwanzaa is celebrated by as many approximately 20 million people around the world.
Kiswahili is a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African Language on the continent of Africa and is spoken by at least 50 million people. There are an estimated 900 to 1,500 different languages spoken in Africa, but many distinct political units share a common or similar language (as among the Yoruba, Hausa, and Swahili-speaking peoples).
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Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network. He is the host of The Michael Imhotep Show on The Empowerment Radio Network and can be heard Monday-Friday, 10pm-12midnight EST onwww.TuneIn.com or the TuneIn Radio App and search for “Empowerment Radio Network”. Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.
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