What is Abibitumi about?
Abibitumi is primarily an educational institution specializing in live online and offline teaching of various Afrikan languages; most notably, Akan (Twi), Yoruba, Wolof, Ewe, Ga, Mdw Ntr (Hieroglyphics), Kiswahili and, in the past, Songhoy. Classes are held in the online classroom using state-of-the-art streaming audio and video technology.
Abibitumi also offers classes on a wide variety of topics pertinent to Afrikan Liberation and the Afrikan experience throughout the global Afrikan world as taught by a variety of instructors from throughout the Afrikan world.
In addition to the live classes, Abibitumi also offers a community forum where Afrikans from throughout the Afrikan world can discuss various topics in and about Afrikan Languages, Education, Economics, Social Systems, Health and more.
The last major component is the storefront accessible from the main page https://www.abibitumi.com which is where students register for classes and Abibitumi Products and Services are offered to our global Afrikan community at large.
Abibitumi Afrikan=Black Worldview Statement:
We are about continuing the work of our Ancestors by re-Afrikanizing. Abibitumi is about Afrikan Liberation. Afrikan Liberation is about the freedom to learn/be who we are (Our Ancestors) and freedom from being who we are not (as inculcated by our oppressors). Abibitumi is, in many ways, a modern-day extension of the underground railroad; a network woven together like a patchwork quilt to help those who are striving for Afrikan Liberation to attain it in tangible and practical ways.
Abibitumi is a global website, app, forum and think tank created by and for Afrikan=Black people.
Abibitumi is dedicated to the complete and total liberation of Kmt ‘Afrikan=Black people’ and modern Kmt ‘the land(s) of Afrikan=Black people’ throughout the Afrikan=Black world from under domination by Eurasians including, but not limited to: (white) Americans, Arabs, Israelis, British, French, Belgians, Afrikaaners/Dutch, Germans, Portuguese, Chinese, Koreans, Russians, Indo-Aryans, etc. Abibitumi also seeks Afrikan=Black liberation from the religions, philosophies, ideologies, languages, militaries, economic systems, worldviews, and other tools used opportunistically by Eurasians to implement domination of Afrikan=Black people with the assistance of anti-Afrikan/anti-Black collaborators who propagate these instruments of oppression, which were designed to serve and protect their Eurasian creators against the interests and survival of Afrikan=Black people.
As such, Abibitumi seeks to reclaim and/or create systems and tools designed by Afrikan=Black
people for the benefit of Afrikan=Black People in the interest of complete and total Afrikan=Black Liberation, Self-Preservation, Self-Determination and Survival in each and every area of human activity including, but not limited to, culture, economics, education, entertainment, health, labor, law, politics, psychology, religion, science/technology, sex, society, war, etc.
About Our Admins and Instructors:
Dr. Ọbádélé Kambon (Twi, Yorùbá and Wolof)
Ọbádélé Kambon is the founder of Abibitumi. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of one, his family relocated to the small village of Wendell near Raleigh, North Carolina. Upon completing high school, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia on a full academic scholarship where he majored in African American Studies. Upon graduating magna cum laude from Morehouse, he went on to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UW-Madison, he majored in African Languages and Literature on a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. Also, he was teaching assistant for Introductory Yoruba, Intermediate Yoruba and Introduction to African Literature courses through the Department of African Languages and Literature. While at UW-Madison, Ọbádélé focused on linguistics and within three years completed two Master’s Degrees; one in African Languages and Literature and one in Linguistics.
Upon completing graduate school, Ọbádélé taught at various tertiary institutions throughout the Chicago area including, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago State University and Malcolm X College where he taught African Communications, Twi and Yoruba. Concurrently, Ọbádélé taught at various educational institutions throughout the Chicagoland area, from pre-school to high school including Dusable Leadership Academy, Betty Shabazz International Charter School, Winnie Mandela Intergenerational Alternative High School, Charles Hamilton Houston Alternative High School, New Concept Pre-School, Barbara A. Sizemore Academy Middle School, the BSICS Community Shule and Camp Cul-Tech. Subjects taught included Twi, Yoruba, Capoeira, Introductory Kiswahili, Wolof and outdoor leadership survival skills. After three years in the Chicago area, Ọbádélé moved to Ghana to pursue his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Ghana at Legon. While completing his doctorate, he also taught at African University College of Communications teaching Pan-Africanism, African Diaspora Studies, African Biographies and African Spiritual Systems. Ọbádélé completed his PhD at University of Ghana in 2012 earning the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Best PhD Thesis in the Humanities. He is now a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies and coordinator of the UGRC African Language Program (2nd Semester), (2014-2015) coordinator of the revamped IAS Thursday Seminar Series and coordinator of the new graduate African Thinkers/African Thought program in which he will teach the core course Foundations of African Thought. He is married to a lovely and supportive wife, Kala, and has three beautiful and brilliant children, Ama, Kwaku and Akosua.
Kwadwo was born in New Jersey and grew up in Willingboro, NJ. His youth revolved around sports and academics. Specifically, basketball, track, football, and even an occasional game of wall ball in the park! After leaving Willingboro, Kwadwo attended Hampton University in Hampton, VA majoring first in Architectural Engineering then eventually Business Management. At Hampton is where Kwadwo had his introduction to his consciousness and his eventual wife of now 23 years.
While at Hampton a chance encounter led Kwadwo on a journey to know self, becoming an avid reader, studying, and researcher of our history. He would go on to become a member of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) and various study groups.
Kwadwo has run a Rites of Passage program for young Afrikan men, coached AAU track and field for 14 years, been a part of a host of Afrikan study groups and worked on collaborative Afrikan-centered research projects.
Kwadwo has three amazing children aged 26, 20, and 21 years old.
In his spare time, Kwadwo enjoys reading, listening to classical jazz, and watching documentaries.
For Abibitumi.com and a host of other related sites, Kwadwo is an administrator involved in the design and maintenance of the site for Afrikan people worldwide.
Agya Kwaku Stephenson
Agya Kwaku was born in Baltimore Maryland June 12, 1957 I grew up in Columbus,Ohio where I live now. I have been married to the same beautiful Afrikan woman for over twenty years. I have one Sun who is twenty years old. I am very proud of him. I am retired and currently working with brothers returning to the community from prison. I also take a drug education and fatherhood program into a prison in Ohio. I also was involved with Simba which was youth a mentoring program. I enjoy reading and watching videos of our Great Afrikan Scholars. Several are on this site. I also like listening to jazz, reggae and a little R & B and hip hop. I also enjoy gardening. I am grateful to be a part of Abibitumi and have learned a lot. I will continue to stay in the dewhitenization/ReAfrikanization process. Abibifahodie!
Seba Akínjídé Bonotchi Montgomery
Akinjide Bonotchi Montgomery, Brother Bonotchi has been a student of African culture for over forty years. He began his study of African culture, philosophy and spiritual systems began in 1976 with Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan and Professor George Simmons of New York. Brother Bonotchi has traveled to Egypt with Doc Ben in 1981 and with the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization in 1987. Through his association in ASCAC he was able to meet and become a student of Dr. Rkhty Amen and Dr. Theophile Obenga. From 1889-1999 he studied the Medew Netcher language with these two scholars. Based on encouragement from those two scholars Bro. Bonotchi began teaching the Medew Netcher language in African communities across the country.
As a founding member of the Medew Netcher Study Group of Detroit he studied the Yoruba language and cultural system with Chief Kola of Ifa. This relationship resulted in him becoming a Yoruba Initiate in 1995. The members of our study group also studied Akan spiritual system with Baba Ishangi during the 90’s. With such a background Brother Bonotchi has become a noted philosopher, lecturer and scholar of the Medew Netcher language and African philosophy. In conjunction with Nisu, Mut Weret (Our Royal, Great Mother) Rkhty Amen and ASCAC he has been one of the major components of raising the level of discussion and study of Kemet from what other state about Kemet to the voice of Kemet, the Medew Netcher text. Bro. Bonotchi has been listed in the Imhotep magazine on African Philosophy; San Francisco State University School of African Philosophy, as a “philosopher who is working on the shaping of African classical studies, having Kemet as an historical base.” Imhotep Magazine Vol.1. 2000.
Dada Aprili R. E. Amani
Kuhusu Mwalimu (About the Teacher – Philosophy)
Swahili has changed the world, and may be the bridge for redemption. Because Swahili is the Bantu language chosen for Pan-Africanism, by those with the resources to “reach back” to Pan-Africanism in the imperialist country known as the U.S. of A., it will bring Living Beings Back To the Roots which Sprung Them Forth. I was propelled to Tanzania, to Learn Kiswahili in 2009 for this reason.
Nafanya kazi (I work) to instill in students the very essence as to why the lessons are both exciting and practical for students and their families to use, retain and apply in navigating life. Nafundisha (I teach) how subjects brought up in Kiswahili are incredibly transferrable and reflect upon every aspect of life. Kiswahili (the philosophy which comes with the language) can be incorporated conventionally in every aspect of educational subjects translatable. I am a great teacher (Mimi ni Mwalimu mzuri) because (kwa sababu) I work to ensure that each student realizes the power within them – the innate ability to grasp, comprehend, and problem solve through the learning, and use, of Kiswahili.
Afya Kisiwaa (Theodora) Osei Bonsu obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Spanish (with some major electives in Akan) from the University of Ghana. After school she did an internship as a reporter at the Multemedia group. Based on recommendation, she later undertook her one year mandatory national service at the Language, Literature and Drama Section of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. During this period she worked closely under the mentorship and supervision of Dr. Obadele Kambon who help her to hone her linguistic skills and deepen her love for African languages and the continent itself. She assisted with the language screening sessions and also teaching of Twi under the UGRC, African Studies option. During the same period she worked as an Administrative Assistant and Editorial Assistant for the Linguistics Association of Ghana and the Ghana Journal of Linguistics respectively.
She works as a community volunteer on various projects and has worked with the Mmofra foundation as a coordinator/facilitator for their Taa-taa Project. From her third year in the university till now, Kisiwaa has also worked as language teacher – freelance and with institutions including the Abibifahodie Adesuabea, Lutheran Schools, The GPHA Training School and North Hills International School. She is a volunteer Office/Bookshop Manager and Assistant Radio Producer for the Writers Project of Ghana.
Kisiwaa is also an entrepreneur, designer, writer and blogger. She owns a decor and fashion brand called Fiidea (@fiidea17 on Instagram) which mostly uses materials that can be obtained locally to make a wide range of products.
She has a passion to use her effort and expertise to propel the African continent forward, especially through language.
Users Ajamu, ?errthang, Kala_Kambon, Kamau_Kambon, Nana, and Agya Yaw are also admins at Abibitumi.com.