Kuja Nyumbani (Coming Home): Using African-Centered Pedagogy to Educate Black Students in the Academy

  • Sharon L. Bethea


Kuja Nyumbani is Swahili for come home. The breadth and scope of this chapter is to present a reflective, scholarly discussion of the importance of utilizing African centered pedagogies (ACP) to educate Black students in the academy. The essay begins with a reflection of the author’s personal journey of re-africanization and how her African worldview informs her pedagogy and praxis. Next, to theoretically situate her classroom practices, this essay reviews the fundamental principles of ACP. The essay ends by providing examples of ACP approaches that she uses in her classroom to create knowledge, foster learning, nurture creativity, enhance mastery of skills, and encourage social action, transformation and healing.


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  • Sharon L. Bethea
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  1. 1.Counselor Education, Inner City Studies, African and African American StudiesNortheastern Illinois UniversityChicagoUSA

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