As president of Memphis Kwanzaa International, Inc., Dr. Kaia Naantaanbuu follows in the steps of her mother, the late Adjua Abi Naantaanbuua.

The name Kwanzaa comes from the Kiswahili phrase that means “first fruits”.  Kwanzaa permits for you to create and celebrate your own family traditions, which often include dances, songs African drumming, poetry, storytelling, and more.

There are seven nights during Kwanzaa where candles are lit in the Kinara. Each day represents a principle of Kwanzaa. 

The seven principles are called the Nguzo Saba. The Nguzo Saba are original values of our African heritage which reinforce community unity and cooperative economics for the betterment of our people.