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Our Approach

Who We Are

USA Today Bestselling Author, N.D. Jones, Ed.D., founded Kuumba Publishing in 2016. Kuumba is a Swahili word that means creativity. Kuumba is also the Sixth Principle of Kwanzaa, an African American cultural holiday created by Maulana Karenga in 1966. The principle of Kuumba encourages people “to do always as much as [they] can in the way that [they] can in order to leave [their] community more beautiful and beneficial than when [they] inherited it. (Karenga, 1988).” Thus, N.D. Jones created Kuumba Publishing as a forum for creativity in its various expressions, with a special commitment to promoting and encouraging creative works of authors and artists of African descent.

Our Story

Kuumba Publishing is a true family affair. Najja, the artist of the family, designed KP's logo. Assefa, a budding scientist with the heart of an author, will share blog entries and fantasy novellas. Jahi, scholar extraordinaire, will grace us with blogs, scholarly articles, and oratory performances.


Meet the KP Family

Jahi Akinwole Kuumba Publishing Manager

Jahi Akinwole

Scholar and Blogger

B.A. Morgan State University

M.A. St. Mary's Seminary

M.A. Morgan State University

Assefa Akinwole Kuumba Publishing Blogger

Assefa Akinwole

Blogger/Aspiring Author/College Student

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Meyerhoff Scholars Program

Najja Akinwole Kuumba Publishing Artist

Najja Akinwole

Artist/High School Student

Baltimore City College