Over the past seven years we have been able to realign the thoughts, intentions and actions of Afurakani young men and adults through OBARIMA, for OBARIMA is their own personal manual of manhood. One reading of this publication transforms the focus and behavior of our young and adult men forever.
The seven principal values of manhood delineated in OBARIMA are aligned with the energy and character of the seven days of our Ancestral Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) week. It is a holistic set of principal values which governs every aspect of being and behavior - biological, emotional, mental, psychological, cultural, communal and spiritual - and provides the Afurakani man with an opportunity and a focal point to refine himself, his character, his work ethic, his relationships, his educational development, entrepreneurial spirit and more each of the seven days of the week throughout the course of his life.
The benefits of such focus for the Afurakani man himself, for the Afuraitkaitnit (African) woman, for their family and for our community as a whole are realized immediately and perpetually. The embrace of these principal values within the spirit of the person allows the Afurakani man to navigate his way through all facets of a racist society and avoid and overcome the pitfalls and traps which lead to incarceration, drug addiction, moral degeneration and death.
We have taught these principal values of OBARIMA in various settings and have seen the eagerness with which Afurakani males embrace them--especially those whom are mis-labeled 'at-risk' or 'lost' by society.