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Cincinnati Kwanzaa UMOJA FESTIVAL

December 26, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Bi-Okoto Cultural Center

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Cincinnati Kwanzaa UMOJA FESTIVAL: An annual community event striving to unite and strengthen the family, community, and nation.

Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili, honors African heritage in the African American culture. It lasts one week, beginning on Dec. 26 and ending on Jan. 1, with each day devoted to one of the seven core principles, known in Swahili as Nguzo Saba. This year’s celebration will be exciting with enriching cultural programs, intended to both entertain and engage the entire family.

The event will be compliant with current Covid-19 protocols and masks will be available at the door.


Kwanzaa Classes:

  • 2-3 p.m. Afro Pop Dance class
  • 4-5 p.m. African Drumming class
  • Located on the second floor of the building.
  • Register for classes by calling 513-221-6112
  • Please arrive 30 minutes early to prepare for each class
  • All classes are instructed by the Bi-Okoto Cultural Center staff with no-cost participation.


Black Business Holiday Market & Kwanzaa Celebration:

  • 2-6 p.m.
  • Located on the first floor
  • Live performances, music, raffle giveaways and more.
  • The children’s area will include hands-on activities, face painting and Kwanzaa trivia with prizes

This event will be filled with great networking opportunities, shopping, great food, fashions, entertainment, resources, and speakers some of Cincinnati’s most dedicated community leaders. Support local Black-owned vendors!


Traditional Kwanzaa Program:

  • 6-8 p.m.

The celebration continues with African drumming, pouring of libation and honoring of the ancestors. The explanation of Kwanzaa is followed by the lighting of one of the seven candles of the Kinara. A special ‘Baba Tunde Akinwole aka Baba Curt Standifer Tribute, the Unity Circle and Harambe will conclude the celebration. With the hopes of a brighter, safe and prosperous New Year.


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Bi-Okoto Cultural Center
5601 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati,OH45212United States
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