Nia! Purpose, Protocols and Responsibility of the Gullah/Geechee & African Diasporic Community
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) was joined in a historic discussion with Elder Carlie Towne, Minister of Information for the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Alase Oba Adefunmi Adejuyigbe of Oyotunji African Village, Kemetic Priest Kwame Sha, and Chief Nii Arde Anun 1 who is Noa-Mantse of Kokrobite, Lungba, and Touba in Ghana, West Africa in regard to Nia. This African Wisdom Circle dialogue centered on the true meaning behind living the Nguzo Saba principle of Nia which means “to make our collective vocation of building, developing, maintaining, and defending our national community, it’s culture and history in order to regain our historical initiative and greatness as a people.”
Queen Quet, Alase Oba Adefunmi Adejuyigbe, and Elder Carlie Towne
(center) Chief Nii Arde Anun 1
Chieftess Kwame Sha & Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation
Vocation is defined in the western world as “a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation” and “develop” is defined as “grow or cause to grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate.” With these definitions in mind, Queen Quet began a discussion regarding causing the Black community globally to grow and mature in the cause of upliftment and working together to build and maintain their communities and to keep alive their cultural traditions.
Those who continue the cultural traditions of enstooling and/or electing chiefs, chieftesses, kings, and queens throughout Africa and the African Diaspora do so because they recognize the “suitability” that these individuals have for the positions that they are called to serve in. As a result, they are supported in being elevated to the position of being the major servant that takes the lead and the charge for their village, community, and ultimately, their nation. With this level of responsibility, one must realize that “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Therefore, anyone bearing these titles who have actually been spiritually guided to have been enstooled is given a charge to keep for her or his people.
This context of the discussion led the speakers to each detail the protocols associated with holding positions within the circle of leadership in African traditional communities such as the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Respect for protocols and the necessity to impart these protocols to others was clearly outlined as it relates to places such as Oyotunji African Village in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Ghana, and within Kemetic societies as well. The issues that the global Black community are faced with necessitate a return to such protocols and the continuation of such traditions.
Proverbs 15:22 reads:
“Where there is counsel, purposes are frustrated,
but with many counselors they are accomplished.”
This Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio broadcast was truly a gathering of counselors that are accomplishing not only their individual God given purposes, but also the collective purpose of uplifting the African people to the greatness that their ancestors lived and intended for their descendants to live. Tune in and share:
Gullah/Geechee Kwanzaa Celebration: Purpose (Nia), Protocols, & Responsibility
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