Guiding Principles

ANSAIO’s guiding values are the Nguzo Saba Principles. The Nguzo Saba (Swahili for Seven Principles) were originally developed to reinforce aspects of African cultures which contribute to building and supporting family, community and heritage among persons of African descent. They serve as valuable tools to assist Africans from the Diaspora to connect with traditional African worldviews. 

ANSAIO’s guiding values are the Nguzo Saba Principles.

Umoja (Unity): To strive for and 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 brother's and sister's 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 heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.