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The story and meaning of UBAKA

UBAKA, a Nigerian Igbo word, means “supreme wisdom & wealth.” When UBAKA was initially launched in fall 2007, there was a naming contest to create a name for the new program focused on African American students. A student named the program UBAKA (Utilizing, Brain power to Attain Knowledge Abundantly). The student’s last name happened to be “Ubaka.” Thanks to Malika Ubaka, the UBAKA name has a deep meaning and connection to Laney College students.

The Umoja Connection

 In Spring 2016, UBAKA became affiliated with a national program committed to African American students: Umoja. As a Kiswahili word meaning unity, “Umoja” is a collection of colleges around the nation who are committed to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. By becoming a part of the Umoja family, UBAKA joins a community of educators and students who believe that when the voices and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges and a foundation is formed for academic success. As an Umoja affiliated program, UBAKA will heighten the services it provides through a curriculum and programming that honors the legacy of African and African American Diasporas.