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the Nsibidi symbol
This date is the fourth day of Kwanzaa. The day focuses on Ujamaa, the Swahili word for cooperative economics.
This fourth principle of the Nguzo Saba is a commitment to the practice of shared social wealth and the work needed to achieve it. Ujamaa, as the late Julius Nyerere points out, is, above all, human-centered and concerned foremost with the well-being, happiness, and development of the human person.
The two interlocking half circles (picture), called the Nsibidi, represent togetherness and family. Ujamaa focuses on shared wealth and work, economic self-reliance, and the obligation of generosity.
Kwanzaa a celebration of family, community, and culture
by Maulana Karenga,
University of Sankore Press, Los Angeles
Copyright 1998, by Malulana Karenga