The IWA and It’s Code of Culture

Every people, working to replicate themselves progressively, positively and inter-generationally, needs guidelines, affirmations as to why they are and what they are supposed to be considering, leaving and practicing at each life stage in order to develop and maintain the quality of character their ancestors possessed. As an Nkrumah International Academy student, affirmations are recited daily as well as our Code of Culture.

We Affirm:

  1. We know that we are African and we are obligated to teach this fact.
  2. We respect our Ancestors and will acknowledge them.
  3. We have fun and we are happy as we learn.
  4. We see all that is around us and we are dedicated to make change.
  5. We love ourselves and we know we are loved by African people.
  6. We love Africa.


  1. Brothers and Sisters of Nkrumah will greet everyone who enters the Shule in a pleasant and warm manner.
  2. We will give praise where praise is due.
  3. We function with each other in the spirit and reality of Umoja.
  4. We live and believe in Ujamaa and the concept of the extended family. We will put this believe into practice.
  5. Although we live and believe in Ujima, each Brother and Sister is responsible for the other’s well-being and the well-being of his family. When Each small unit is functional, the larger unit will be a success.
  6. Brothers will be sensitive to the needs of Sisters. We will strive to perfect the workings of the household.
  7. All Brothers should be actively involved with a Sister who seeks or has the potential for growth as related to our struggle for independence.
  8. We are not players or creepers but Blackmen, therefore we will not seek to play or creep. Playing creates bad feelings and bad images.
  9. We will not abuse or misuse Brothers or Sisters.
  10. We will be servants of the people.
  11. We will act and dress in a dignified and respectable manner.
  12. We will take care of our mind and body.
  13. We will constantly learn to discipline ourselves.
  14. We will not be afraid to be labeled a revolutionary, radical or a militant. We will be loyal to our people.
  15. We will strive to be the best.
  16. Respect and consult with our elders.
  17. We will make education a top priority.
  18. We will be a positive role model for our children and teach them to love and identify with African traditions and features.
  19. We will air differences behind closed doors.
  20. We will practice what we preach.

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