This post is dedicated to the amazing strength that fathers exhibit as they take care of their families. I have been blessed

WaWa Aba

Wawa Aba remembering strength of Fathers

with some wonderful examples of good fathers in my life – men who stood and cared for their families each day without complaint. I have seen my own Dad, my uncles and grandfather take care of their wives and children in that strong, quiet way fathers do. My husband has also been a truly wonderful example of strong positive fathering. I salute all the men I have known who love and provide for their children no matter what the circumstances. They know that it is their job to support the family financially, emotionally and physically. My own Dad worked a full-time job and created supplemental income using his electronic skills – many weeks working well over 40hrs.

Fathers serve as a wonderful source of the positive power of male strength that children experience. It is something children will absorb and grow to respect if handled well and under the Grace of God!

Wawa Aba is the Adinkra symbol that immediately comes to mind when I think about fathers. This symbol represents strength. The seed of a Wawa tree is very tough – hard to crack. This is symbolic of the strength that fathers have to exhibit. We must continue to teach the next generation the lessons of strength and how to apply it. God has made men strong so they can protect and provide for their families…not hurt and harm them. The man of the family unit has the God-given responsibility to cover his family with his strength like the shell on the seed of the Wawa.

I wish a very Happy Fathers Day to all the strong fathers out there. Keep walking in God’s stength and taking care of your families…. it is your beauty!!

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As we march into the patriotic holidays for our great nation over the next two months I would like to share some thoughts, memories and photos.  Memorial Day, Juneteenth and The 4th of July are generally a time of celebration and a time to remember our brave men and women that have fought for true freedom!

Sankofa - memories of WW I

Sankofa - Patriotic thoughts of WW I 369th Infantry

This beautiful photo was taken of the families celebrating the return of the brave soldiers of the 369th Infantry as they marched uptown  in NYC! The soldiers were returning from their service in France. I love the smiles on the faces…so proud of these brave men! The African-American community has offered many citizens who served bravely in all the wars this nation has engaged in. We must continue to remember ALL  the men and women who have served bravely to defend this nation. Sharing these old photos and stories with the next generation will give them a clear picture about the contributions many Black men and women have made to US history! I believe this is the spirit of SANKOFA….helping the next generations reach back and hold onto their history.

I have been privileged to have many stories and pictures passed on to me throughout my life.
Who are the people who have served our great nation in your family?  Do you share stories with the youth? 

Do you have a member of the family serving now?   I would love to hear about them!!


Perfect for Fall decorations!

Ck out our pumpkins and scarecrow

Our Fall decorations featuring Kente cloth

A Halloween Alternative with ANANSI

ANANSI

Anansi  folk tales originated in Ghana, West Africa.   Parents have used the humorous stories to teach their children life lessons for many, many generations.    Today we can find Anansi, his wife Aso and their  children,  happily tucked  into the memories of folks all across the African Diaspora.  From Ghana, to the Caribbean, to the South  Eastern  US,  you will get a wide smile and pleasant reminiscing eyes upon the mention of the  humorous trickster  named Anansi.
During the fall months of October and November, we  see many exhibitions  and inclusion of  spiders.   This is in part because spiders  become more active and visible to us.     It is also a great time to  re-tell and celebrate the adventures of the original Spiderman – Anansi !   Many people  today are looking to find alternatives to  scary,  shadow filled  Halloween parties.    An Anansi  celebration  can provide families   with a fun and healthy  alternative  that even includes stories that teach  life lessons.
There are many activities that you can include in an Anansi  celebration.    My first suggestion is to obtain  a book of Anansi stories.   This will allow you to choose several Anansi folk tales to  read and enjoy during the celebration.   The stories are easy to  read and share,  and they offer plenty of room for  embellishment .  You can  keep the celebration  a simple family affair  or invite friends and  extended family to join in the fun.
Including a karamu  (feast)  will make your celebration extra special.   Because the  Tricky spider is known throughout the  African Diaspora,   there are  a wide range of  foods you can  include.    Black Beans with rice (Anansi LOVES beans) ,  sweet potato biscuits,   and gumbo are just a few yummy ideas that come to mind.   On the sweeter side of things,  you can help the kids to create  Anansi  cupcake pops,  design  spider web cupcakes  or cookies.   Of course  the focus should be on the  FUN so be sure to  use all the creativity you can muster!
Crafting might also be a great way to celebrate the tricky little arachnid.    Girls can create an Anasi/Aso hair clips while the boys  work on  Anansi  knapsack  clasps.   Placemats featuring Ananai  are quite inexpensive when you use  recycled/up cycled materials.

Click here to get your Anansi T-shirt

Our Anansi t-shirt featuring Ananse Adinkra symbol

Last but not least be sure to take loads of pictures to remember all the beautiful smiles this little spider will bring you.  Be sure to share them with us via email or face book!  His antics are a really fun way to spend  one evening this fall.


We are celebrating at KiaraBlu!  Today is the beginning of a new season at KiaraBlu!  We are excited to  have our first Sankofa Saturday! This is a program we have developed to support non-profit organizations within the African Diaspora that are supporting  the community in a positive way!  The Sankofa  Adinkra symbol represents returning to obtain what we left behind.   Sankofa Saturdays will give us all an opportunity to UNITE in support of our own community……a concept that needs to be revived! We  will donate proceeds from certain products to the organizations identified for that weekend!

Today is our first Sankofa Saturday Sale!  We have connected with Central Apostolic Faith Mission (CAFM) to support their Youth Conference!  The Youth Dept at  this  church supports and educates youth in the Charlotte Metro Area.  The ministry is dedicated to providing youth with a positive, supportive and encouraging Christian environment where they can grow  and develop into  productive adults, that will positively influence the community.   Some of the youth activities at CAFM include princesses of Love, monthly Male Symposium, annual cultural education trips and  liturgical dance.   The Youth Conference being held this weekend is offering the kids information they can use as they return to school to stay focused on their faith and education.   The goal continues to be to offer them practical faith-based information that they can apply in their day-to-day activities!

Help us to support the community!  The Sankofa tee shirts and Wawa Aba knit cap will be the products featured  for this Sankofa Saturday!

And don’t forget  use coupon code strength10 to recieve 10% discount  — Aug 28 and 29 only

Available in Blue and Black

Wawa Aba -symbol of strength and toughness

Where everybody is somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord

Youth Conference Aug 28 and 29

Sankofa -Family Pictures

February 28, 2010

Just wanting to share this photo of my beautiful Great Grandmother! Wish I could have known her but am so thankful that my Grandmother was so diligent about saving these old photo! I even have a picture of my Great -Grandmother’s  Mother!
How lucky are we…to be able to share these with the next generation! I am working on creating a photo filled family tree for my family to share!

Celebrating my Black History - Great Grandmother

I am Soooooo sorry for getting this to you late! I had unanticipated technical difficulties with getting this up!
What I have worked to put up is a template for YOUR family tree!   This will allow  You to put  the powerful concept of the Adinkra symbol Sankofa into practice right now!!   Go Back and Claim what has been left behind!


Download this tree and fill it in …..then work to find the names that go in any blank spaces!

Call the senior members of your family to learn more about Grandparents, Great Aunts and Uncles and more!


So here is the downloadable link:
FAMILYTREE

sankofa means return and fetch it!

Sankofa means Return and Fetch it!

I would also like to remind you of my offer …….

one FREE Census look up  (1900, 1910 or 1920)

for anyone who joins this blog!

(email subscription to the right–>)


Please continue to strive to go back and fetch your BEAUTIFUL  past!

Those who cannot remember their past are doomed to repeat it!

Celebrate Family!!

Sankofa – Family History

February 25, 2010

Black history is not just about memorizing facts and dates about others it is a GREAT time to learn more about your own family!

Take some time this month to talk to older family members..ask them about their childhood, their parents, what pictures do they have?? Have them retell stories that you have heard before…you may be surprised at a new piece of family history that comes out.

Recently I learned that my Great Grandfather was alive when my Grandfather passed on ( before I was even born). I just assumed he had passed on too. It was only when I asked my Aunt what was the year of her Grandfathers death that I learned it was much later than I could have guessed!

I had an exciting time several years ago tracking a cousin of my Grandfathers ……all I knew is that her name was Laurastein and she lived in Philly…..but I found her on the census! What a thrill to look at the census and see your grandfathers cousin and find other family members.

So as you can see I am a card carrying member of Ancestry.com! I would like to offer a gift to you!
Become a registered member of Adinkra Love and I will give you a FREE Census lookup on the 1900, 1910 or 1920 census!
That will be my Sankofa Gift to you!

Look for another nice gift for everyone on Fri!

Share Peace

September 21, 2009

 

The Adinkra symbol for peace and harmony is Bi Nka Bi which cautions us against strive and provocation
Celebrate International Peace Day with thThe Adinkra symbol for peace and harmony is Bi Nka Bi

KiaraBlu has a cute children’s design centered around this symbol!
It is on sale through Monday Sept 21.
Celebrate International Peace Day with this cute embroidered tee!

peace and haromony

peace and haromony