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"People who fear that it's doing something to Christmas, the reality of it is that the majority of African-Americans who celebrate this are Christians,
black Christians, Jews, Muslims and those of other religions can all find something to celebrate in the nonsectarian holiday.What we're celebrating is African culture, that's our common ground," he said. He said the name is derived from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza" — for "first fruits."
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John Githongo is the CEO of Inuka Kenya Trust. He holds an Honours degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Wales, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University. In the past he has served as Vice President Policy and Advocacy, World Vision International and Senior Associate Member, St. Antony's College, Oxford, with whom he is still associated as a Senior Common Room Member. He served as Permanent Secretary, Office of the President of Kenya, between 2003 and 2005. Prior to that he was a director of Transparency International-Berlin and Executive Director of Transparency International-Kenya.
Tegi Obanda is the founder and Chair of Canada-based Green Planet Foundation. A graduate of York University’s F.E.S graduate school, Tegi is a leading theorist in the emerging field of green economy. Tegi has been deeply involved in the struggle for democracy in Kenya since his undergraduate days at the University of Nairobi-which led to his imprisonment and exile to Tanzania, then to Canada. Tegi was Assistant Secretary General of SONU, and was the founder Editor-in-Chief of Campus Mirror. In 2005, Tegi played the lead role in founding Madaraka People’s Movement, of which he is the international spokesperson.
Matunda Nyanchama, Ph.D, CISSP is the past and founding president of theKenyan Community Abroad (KCA), a post from which he retired in 2002. He was also a member of the interim committee that founded the Kenyan Community in Ontario, Canada. Matunda is also listed in the Who is Who in Black Canada, 2006 edition. He is an active member in the community and a speaker on technology, politics and development issues.
Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first specifically African-American holiday.The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning first fruits of the harvest. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the following principles, as follows: Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves. Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together. Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together. Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness. Kuumba (Creativity): 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. Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
1. Ms. Comfort Mwangi, Jacksonville Florida, Steering Committee PTFC
2. Dr. John Githongo, Nairobi, Nisisi Kenya.
3. Dr. Matunda Nyanchama, Toronto, Canada, New Vision Kenya (NVK),
Steering Committee, PTFC.
4. Tegi Obanda, Toronto, Canada, 's Movement, Steering Committee, PTFC.
Matunda Nyanchama, Ph.D,CISSP is the past and founding president of the Kenyan Community Abroad, a post from which he retired in 2002. He was also a member of the interim committee that founded the Kenyan Community in Ontario, Canada. Matunda is also listed in the Who is Who in Black Canada, 2006 edition. He is an active member in the community and a speaker on technology, politics and development issues.
Matunda works as the Principal Consultant at Agano Consulting Inc. where his key focus is in Information Technology, specifically in Information Security and Risk Management. His most recent position was Delivery Project Executive (DPE) at IBM Global Services (Canada) with responsibilities for service delivery for outsourced contracts. Previously he held positions as manager of security, privacy and identity consulting. Matunda has also worked as a Senior Manager of Information Security and Risk Management at Moneris Solutions, a payment solutions company based in Toronto, Canada. Prior to that he was a Senior Advisor for Information Security Analytics at the Bank of Montreal Financial Group, where he focused on information security risk analytics, business strategy and security awareness. As a senior manager of Information Security at the Bank of Montreal, he established and operated the Information Protection Centre (IPC), the first of its kind in the financial sector in Canada. Dr Nyanchama has held a number of professional security positions, including Senior Security Consultant at Ernst & Young and Director of Security Architecture, Intellitactics Inc., a Canadian security software company.
Matunda holds masters and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and an undergraduate electrical engineering degree from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. He is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP).Today we have him on our show.
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What is Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January.
Its origins are in the first harvest celebrations of Africa from which it takes its name. "Matunda ya kwanza" which means "first fruits" in Swahili. Learn more about Kwanzaa in the Kwanzaa 2009 Forum on our OCG Community Resources Center
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Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community and culture. Celebrated from 26 December thru 1 January, 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 Swahili, a Pan-African language which is the most widely spoken African language. Kwanzaa has seven basic symbols and two supplemental ones. Each represents values and concepts reflective of African culture and contributive to community building and reinforcement. The basic symbols in Swahili and then in English are: Tune in to learn..
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