Asafo or warrior scholar is a term coming from the Akan people of Ghana that describes the type of person who uses their intellect and scholarship to protect and provide strategies for the advancement of their community. “Asa” -war and “fo” - people means warrior people or practically warrior scholars.
This week in the Anu Asafo podcast, our host Ifawunmi recaps the basic tenets of African Spirituality. This includes the single supreme source from which everything emanates, the various traditions within the African Spirituality, distinguishing between worshipping and paying homage to the Ancestors and paying attention to lessons that is provided for personal development.
He also speaks about the some of the major issues in the Pan- Afrakan community living in the United States and the solutions for them.
“The illusion of inclusion” or more plainly the illusion of integration fed by the spirit of Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech is part of the major problem in the Afrakan community.
True to an Asafo fashion, Ifawunmi gives a clear strategy to deal with the illusion ---harness the economic spending power of the Pan-Afrakan community.
As an Afrakan collective, men and women can synergize to protect and provide for the community.
Spiritually, Ifawunmi suggests using the power and wisdom that the highly cultivated Ancestors provide for the community.
As Asafo, spiritual training is another strategy that can be used. Training can provide the balance and insight that one needs to be productive, supportive and provide stability for the community as well as provide the vitality to sustain their momentum.