Iwa Rere (Good Character) Sessions For Afrikan Girls Ages 9-16!


Here is my contribution to the call for “Justice or Else!” I’m happy to say that this endeavor was in place prior to the call.

Weeks 3 and 4 garnered the same as week 2 but there’s promise of attendance via parents inquiries.

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Iwa Rere Flyer

Last week was another beginning of my contributions to the Afrikan community in Philadelphia, Pa. rising Afrikan Female Incarceration Rates {AFIR} contribute to the continuing dissolution of Afrikan families in America.  In 2010, Black women were incarcerated at nearly 3 times the rate of white women (133 versus 47 per 100,000) (http://www.sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/cc_incarcerated_women_factsheet_sep24sp.pdf).  Black women represent 30% of all incarcerated women in the U.S, although they represent 13% of the female population generally (https://www.aclu.org/facts-about-over-incarceration-women-united-states).  While it’s clear that men are incarcerated at a much higher rate than women — almost 14 times higher, in 2012 — it is also clear that women have been a much faster growing subset of the U.S.’s incarcerated population (https://www.brennancenter.org/blog/actually-orange-really-new-black).  Current research shows that 1 in every 14 Black children in the U.S. have at least one parent in prison, compared with one in every 125 white children. Black children are almost nine times more likely than white children to have a parent in prison -(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/herron-keyon-gaston/mass-incarcerations-impact-black-latino_b_6702900.html; Douglass Blackmon (2009).

It is these statistics that have led me to create an opportunity for Afrikan girls ages 9-16 that is derived from our Afrikan Families of the Yoruba group.  Iwa Rere (Good Character) Development Sessions are a necessity in these days and times.  Having good character allows girls to practice the 3 Essences of Humanity (Jedi Shemsu Djhuti – Jacob Carruthers (1999); where they think before they speak before they act .

It’s a lack of practice in being human that causes our children to behave in ways that are in essence inhumane or disconnected. A lot of Afrikan people remain disconnected among one another and for our Afrikan girls, many do not comprehend how their thoughts, words and actions effect their entire biological and extended family members. Blindly living ones life can lead to life decisions that will effect an Afrikan female/girl for the rest of her life in a negatively challenging way that leads to illiteracy, poverty and incarceration.  Iwa Rere Sessions are a way to counter ignorance of the power of Afrikan females thereby empowering them to be the Kweenly leaders they are meant to be for the continuing survival of Afrikan people. Do your part by simply sharing this flyer to “Join them Girls up for these Iwa Rere Sessions!”


“We who believe in Freedom cannot rest!” Those are the powerful words of Ella Baker, a Shero of one of many Afrikan world movements. Afrikan people are always making pathways towards Freedom. Perhaps this is because Afrikan people remain enslaved in some way, shape or form.  It’s easy to speak of being free, yet challenging to actually do something about not being enslaved. If there is some aspect of you that is not free, then you are still enslaved. And if Afrikan people in different parts of the world are not free, then you too remain enslaved, “none of us are free if one of us in chains (Solomon Burke, 2002),” are words Afrikan people need to remember and live by. Ella Baker was one among many Afrikan women who lived by those words in the work she did in organizing Afrikan youth. She was one of many who did something to assist Afrikan people in continuing to fight and strategize for the Freedom of Afrikan people.

Since, I believe in Freedom, then it is for this reason, that I cannot rest. The many unsung Sheroes of Afrikan world movements towards freedom remain unheard of, unknown, with their names not called upon to guide us towards that Freedom that we desire. One Afrikan Shero who desired her Freedom was Assata Shakur. Her definition is what will be referred to in this writing.


Freedom! You askin me about freedom. Askin me about freedom?
I’ll be honest with you. I know a whole more about what freedom isn’t than about what it is, cause I’ve never been free.
I can only share my vision with you of the future, about what freedom is.
Uhh, the way I see it, freedom is– is the right to grow, is the right to
Freedom is -is the right to be yourself, to be who you are,
to be who you wanna be, to do what you wanna do. [fade out]

~Common; “A Song For Assata

Afrikan people can say “We are Free!”  However, according to the song lyrics, we are not! While we have many rights, worldwide, as a whole many of our rights are suppressed, oppressed and obliterated.  Assata Shakur is right, Afrikan people know more about what freedom isn’t than what it is, cause we’ve never been Free! We have never been Free, because, we have been at rest!  We, Afrikan people are not Free, because we remain at rest!  Ella Baker said, “We who believe in Freedom, cannot rest!” Yet we are resting, why are Afrikan people resting?

Afrikan people are resting because we have bought into the idea of equal inclusion, an idea that is false and of non-beneficence to our existence.  We think we are Free because we have been allowed to participate in unequal access to American societal amenities designed to keep our children and our families “at rest!”  Whereas there was no allowance for many of our ancestors to read, write nor know of our Afrikan life stories, now the same remains under the guise of education that is miseducation. Afrikan people are resting because we have bought into the idea of enslavement being a thing of the past while at the same time we don’t recognize peonage systems, debtor prisons and the fact that the most profitable item on the American stock exchange remains Afrikan bodies via the Prison Industrial Complex second to the harvesting of Afrikan body parts. We, Afrikan people, cannot continue “resting!”

How can we stop resting? We must celebrate various aspects of our Freedom while continuing to fight for all of our Freedom. Wazazi (Parents) must teach our watoto (children) about the heroes and sheroes of their direct blood circles (Kwesi Ra Nehem Ptah Akhan, 2014) We must choose our own days of celebration beginning with our direct ancestors and elders in our own families, again this is the responsibility of the wazazi and mzees (elders) of our families. We must connect our youth to our elders, to our ancestors, to those “beautiful ones who are yet unborn (Ayi Kwei Armah, 1989).” These are ways to gain our Freedom. We must be persistent, diligent and tenacious in our efforts as after all, this is our life, our legacies, our all.

Let’s start now by continuing the legacy of Ella Baker. Commit to celebrating Ebɔbira-Oforisuo 15, 13015 or April 15, 2015 as “Ella Baker Day!” Start by signing the petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/supportellabakerday/. Gather your families and the youth together annually on this day. Have a family gather around watching films about groups and organizations that Ella Baker helped to form, read excerpts of books about Ella Baker, create an Ella Baker app, compare her to more Afrikan Sheroes, design an Ella Baker comic book, teach the youth the Ella Baker song “We Who Believe In Freedom,” by Sweet Honey in the Rock. Design t-shirts with Ella Baker quotes; make an Ella Baker calendar using Afrikan time, words and dates. There so much we can do towards contributing to the Freedom of Afrikan people, the idea is to start somewhere and now!!! Remember, “We who believe in Freedom Cannot rest!”


Akhan, Kwesi Ra Nehem Ptah. (2014) Afuraka/Afuraitkait: The Origin of the Term ‘Afrika’ http://odwirafo.com

Armah, Ayi Kwei. (1989). The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/264587.The_Beautyful_Ones_Are_Not_  Yet_Born

Ella Baker Day. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/supportellabakerday/ http://supportellabakerday.com/Ella_Baker/Home.html

Burke, Solomon. (2002) “None of us Are Free” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFkmRp_G2uo

Common.  – http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/common/asongforassata.html

*Mafundikwa, Saki. (2007). Afrikan Alphabets: The Story of Writing in Afrika. New York.: Mark Batty Publisher *(Africa is spelled Afrika in African languages.)

Names of Months and Days in Akan. http://scriptsource.org/cms/scripts/page.php?item_id=entry_detail&uid=zxtx5mg2wj

Shakur, Assata.  https://libcom.org/files/assataauto.pdf

Sweet Honey in the Rock . (1988) Ella’s Song/We Who Believe In Freedom http://ellabakercenter.org/blog/2013/12/ellas-song-we-who-believe-in-freedom-cannot-rest-until-it-comes

Iya Adjua on Juneteenth…

Click on the link below, watch the video, then read my comments & definitely share your comments…
Iya Adjua (@IyaAdjua) said, on November 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I agree with Hari Jones about celebrating Juneteenth, especially the fact that as Jones states “Certainly, informed and knowledgeable people should not celebrate the suppression of their own history. Juneteenth day is a de facto celebration of such suppression. Americans, especially Americans of African descent, should not celebrate when the enslaved were freed by someone else, because that’s not the accurate story. They should celebrate when the enslaved freed themselves, by saving the Union. Such freedmen were heroes, not spectators, and their story is currently being suppressed by the advocates of the Juneteenth national holiday.”

Let’s get this [Juneteenth info] right and leave room for the acknowledgement of the Gullah Wars falsely known by some as the Seminole Indian War. A War for freedom that led to the Civil War, it is Afrikan people who have to learn and tell our own true stories despite mainstream supported suppression thereof.

Iya Adjua, PhD
The Culture Rebel!

Iya Adjua on Egua Marketplace w/Bro Kwesi

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Our live broadcast of EGUA – Marketplace is Awukuda (wednesday) 6/11/14 at 9pm EST on our blogtalkradio channel:


Our guest will be Dr. Iya Adjua, Educator and Owner of Wehemy Mesu Productions.

Dr. Iya Adjua will share her vast experience as an educator including the programs and curriculums she created as a founding educator at a charter school in Philadelphia. We will also discuss Dr. Adjua’s book ACCLAIM:

“…A book based on the creation an African Centered Leadership Model, created by Dr. Austin-Colter, hence ACCLAIM. The Austin Colter Cultural Leadership Awareness Instruction Model is designed to challenge and develop leadership in African centered schools to expand their practice of being African centered. This model is based on the African worldview and no leader of a school identified as African centered should be without it…” [ http://wehemymesu.com/products/ ]

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I Remain Enraged About Enslavement!

I Remain Enraged About Enslavement!

Iya Adjua, PhD 21 Meso-Ra 6254 (8/21/13)


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as our Afrikan family continues being used as fodder for the systemic structures that exploit us in this country!  #PayUrselfpayUrselfpayUrself1st


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as Afrikan people WORLDWIDE are persecuted, exploited and abused for our humanity, lands and resources!                                     #Mugabe I <3 U #MauMausStayRisen #AfrikanKweensStayOnOurThrones


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as prisons are built and schools are closed, all while we watch and enven participate in the dumbing down of Afrikan nations! #HomeschoolinisNjia(theway)4ourchildren


I remain enraged about enslavement

…in a post-racial amerikkka, where we pay taxes that goes towards AFRICOM! #ForcedSelfDestruction


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as Afrikan people’s right to vote is still in question as we come upon the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington!  #StillNoEquality


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as sex tapes about out Afrikan Sheroes/Heroes are produced by ignorant media moguls who have no sense of heshima (respect) about our ancestors and elders #AramintaRossStayRisen


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as we continue debating about the use of the term nigger/nigga/negus/niggar, Afrikan people are HUMANS, not any of the aforementioned!  #NoNsAllowed


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as Afrikan people think they can operate in a justus system based on yurugu rhetoric!      #ourlawsdontapply2u


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as predators that look/speak Afrikan troll our communities while we harbor them over their victims, our children. #Thisismadnesssssss!!! (in my Last Poets voice)


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as Afrikan people are living in cement jungles, leaving our ancestors in the rainforests! #SpiritKumbaya


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as Afrikan people tell their oppressors stories, knowing their ancestors names and deeds over their own Afrikan ancestors stories, names and deeds, claiming “that enslavement happened a long time ago!” #Imhotepsay”ManKnowThySelf”


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as Afrikan people refuse to stay in their circles as Afrikan females and Afrikan males, causing isfet, chaos and confusion in our families!  #Fakeyurugus #Balance #Neteru


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as Afrikan people grow increasingly complacent and satisfied with an amerikkkan lifestyle, although it is one that is not conducive to our very existence! #WheresOurSakhu?

I remain enraged about enslavement

…as Afrikan people parrot/copy/mimic everything our fellow human groups do except do good business with one another! #SusuEconomics #BBNomics #BOB


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as our very Afrikan futures, our children are taken from us and we are forced to pay for their killers posing as spiritual leaders, law enforcement, educators and parents! #Exposethemnow


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as only half truths of the Afrikan OurStory are known to us and we accept it as whole truths!                                                         #Kingwent2Afrika #Rosawasthe3rd2refuse #Enslavementwasnorthern2


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as we think that the only way we came to these shores is through enslavement! #Whentheylandedwewerehere                               #Olmecs #PaleoAmericans


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as we refuse to believe that there are connections among and between prisons, rap music and sports and that these connections are for profiteering purposes only.  #MillionDollarSlaves


I remain enraged about enslavement

…as we continue to believe that we can operate schools controlled by the state and it will benefit our Afrikan youth!  #Notso #Whywouldthey? #Whotheygoncontrolthen?


I remain enraged about enslavement

…for infinitely more reasons than I plan to share at this time, but know this…for as long as one Afrikan is enslaved… #noneofusrfreeifoneofusinchains …and


I remain enraged about enslavement!


Iya Adjua, PhD ©                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            21 Meso-Ra 6254                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (8/21/13)

The Nsibidi Writing System!

Watch this video on the Afrikan Alphabets!   The Nsibidi System!

2day is 7 Shefbdet 6252 Ujamaa/Cooperative Economics, make every Heru-sefek (Sat) on your smart phones & ecalendars reflect the principle of the day. The Nsibidi symbol of Togetherness, Sharing & Love!


Nsibidi is an indigenous adaptable and fluid writing system of two dimensional signs, three dimensional forms of pictographs and ideographs and pantomimed gestures. It originated as an esoteric form of knowledge understood by a select group of people mostly members of a secret society in Southeastern Nigeria which some sources link to the Ejagham and later spread to Efik, Igbo, Ibibio, Efut, Annang and Banyang speaking areas.





W/ the woman, the man is whole & good!!!Find the symbol of 2getherness!


Part of the symbol of togetherness - XX!!!W/ the woman, the man is whole & good!!!Find the symbol of 2getherness!


Find the symbol of 2getherness!

The Meaning of Kwanzaa!


The word KWANZAA (K-wahn-zah) “is derived from the Swahili word KWANZA and is part of the phrase Matunda Ya Kwanza (first fruits).”  It is a time to celebrate the Afrikan in you, the good in you, the good you have done in your life, your thoughts, words and actions on behalf of your Afrikan humanity. KWANZAA is an Afrikan American holdiay that is full of Nia/Purpose. It is a week long celebration, from December 26th to January 1st, of the new Gregorian year. KWANZAA is not a Black Christmas!!!  KWANZAA  is about looking at your achievements (retrospection) and improving on what you have already accomplished (introspection), while celebrating your Afrikan ancestors, Afrikan people and Afrikan contributions to the human story.

  In 1966, Dr. Maulana Karenga’s Nia/Purpose was to create an “indigenous non-heroic Black holiday in the United States,” KWANZAA.  It is a holiday for Afrikan people of all locations, backgrounds and beliefs.  The roots of KWANZAA are continental Afrikan, but the branches and fruit are distinctly Afrikan American.  As the founder, Dr. Karenga sought to connect Afrikan people everywhere to our ancestral beginnings, it is this connection that makes KWANZAA a holiday of the first fruits.  Based on a direct transfer of knowledge coming out of the traditions of agricultural peoples of Afrika, who celebrated and gave thanks for harvests at designated times during the year, your present day Nia/Purpose is to continue this legacy by celebrating and giving thanks for what you have achieved at this point in your life.

The heart of KWANZAA is the NGUZO SABA (In-goo-zoh Sah-bah) or the Seven Principles. The seven principles can be practiced daily, since there are seven days in a week you can apply each principle to a day of the week and continue doing this throughout the year. This is a guaranteed strategy to keep you grounded and focused on your planned life goals or your  Nia/Purpose. Which principle would you practice today to reinforce your life’s Nia/Purpose? You can also, combine principles for one day, but there should never be a day that you go without acknowledging a personal effort to practice a principle of KWANZAA!

NGUZO SABA (7 Principles)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1)Umoja (Oo-moh-jah) – Unity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2)Kujichagulia (Koo-gee-cha-goo-lee-ah)-Self-Determination                                                                                                                                                                                3)Ujima (Oo-gee-mah)-Collective Work & Responsibility                                                                                                                                                                                    4)Ujamaa (Oo-jah-mah) – Cooperative Economics                                                                                                                                                                                                              5)Nia (Nee-ah) -Purpose                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6)Kuumba (Koo-oom-bah) – Creativity                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7)Imani (Ee-mah-nee) – Faith

 Sources                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           www.officialkwanzaawebsite.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kwanzaa: a Celebration of Family, Community and Culture/ Maulana Karenga                                                                                                                                             Kwanzaa: A Progressive and Uplifting African American Holiday/ Haki R. Madhubuti


                                                                                                        Iya Adjua, PhD  –  17 Ka Her Ka 6251 (12/17/2011)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                www.wehemymesu.com

Umoja Karamu and Gye Nyame, Two Alternatives to Misgiving!

Adinkra Symbols



Read about two holiday alternative to misgiving for Afrikan people; Gye Nyame, and Umoja Karamu.


Both of these Pan-Afrikan celebrations may be used to reinforce the efforts of Afrikan ppl to continue acknowledging the life experiences of our Afrikan ancestors and elders as survivors.  Further, these two Pan-Afrikan celebrations constitute the making of connections towards continuing the legacies and solidifying relationships between young and old Afrikans as we strive to always survive under challenging life circumstances, events and plots against our existence.