This Creative City Issue, Spring 2018

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West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NKONSONKONSON: Chain Link

Symbol of Unity and Human relations

A reminder to contribute to the community, that in unity lies strength

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

Kramo bone: The Bad

Symbol of Warning against hypocrisy

Kramo bone amma yennhu kramo pa; 

We cannot tell the good from the bad because of pretense and hypocrisy

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

MMERE DANE

"time changes "

Symbol of change, life's dynamics

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

MFRAMADAN

"wind-resistant house"

Symbol of fortitude and readiness to face life's vicissitudes

"This symbol suggests a reinforced or well-built home -- one built to withstand windy and treacherous conditions. It reflects in Asante history a clause in the unwritten constitutution of the Golden Stool. Oral acocunts say that according to that clause, mud houses in Kumasi must be reinforced with turf. This reinforcing would cause the house to be sturdier and resistant to unfavorable weather conditions." 

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NYAME NNWU NA MAWU

"God never dies, therefore I cannot die"

Symbol of God's omnipresence and the perpetual existence of man's spirit

This signifies the immortality of man's soul, believed to be a part of God. Because the soul rests with God after death, it cannot die.

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NYAME DUA

"Tree of God" – altar

Symbol of God's presence and protection

The Nyame Dua is a sacred spot where rituals are performed. Erected in front of the house or compound, it is crafted from a tree that has been cut where three or more branches come together. This stake holds an earthenware vessell filled with water and herbs or other symbolic materials for purification and blessing rituals.

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NSAA

A type of hand-woven fabric

Symbol of excellence, genuineness, authenticity

According to "The Adinkra Dictionary" by W. Bruce Willis, the nsaa symbols reflects a saying: "nea onnim nsaa oto n'ago", which he translates as "He who does not know authentic Nsaa will buy the fakes."

The quality of Nsaa has come to represent quality of workmanship in general..

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings
AKOMA

"The Heart"

Symbol of patience and tolerance

According to Agbo, when a person is said to "have a heart in his stomach," that person is very tolerant.

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

EPA

"Handcuffs"

Symbol of law and justice, slavery and captivity

Adolph Agbo, in "Values of Adinkra Symbols" notes that handcuffs were introduced in Africa as a result of the slave trade, and later became popular among chiefs in cuffing offenders of the law. "The symbol reminds offenders of the uncompromising nature of the law. It however discourages all forms of slavery."

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

ODO NNYEW FIE KWAN or ODO NYIRA WO FIE KWAN SU

"Love never loses its way home"

Symbol of the power of Love

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NKYIMU

"The crossed divisions made on adinkra cloth before stamping"

Symbol of skillfulness, precision

Before adinkra cloth is stamped with the symbols, the artisan blocks off the cloth with lines in a rectangular grid using a broad-tooth comb. This preparation is symbolic of the exacting technique which results in the highest quality product.

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings
ME WARE WO
"I shall marry you "
Symbol of commitment, perseverance.
From the expression "No one rushes into the job of mixing the concrete for building the house of marriage."
Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

KETE PA

"good bed "

Symbol of a good marriage

From the expression that a woman who has a good marriage is said to sleep on a good bed.

Source: adinkra.org


West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

KWATAKYE ATIKO

"hair style of an Asante war captain"

Symbol of bravery and valor.

"This symbols is said to be a special hair style of Kwatakye, a war captain of old Asante.

The symbol has come to represent bravery and fearlessness. It is also given as an earned title to any brave son of an Akan community."

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NYAME YE OHENE

"God is King "

Symbol of majesty and supremacy of God.

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

WOFORO DUA PA A

"when you climb a good tree"

Symbol of support, cooperation and encouragement.

From the expression "Woforo dua pa a, na yepia wo" meaning "When you climb a good tree, you are given a push". More metaphorically, it means that when you work for a good cause, you will get support. 

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

ESE NE TEKREMA ("the teeth and the tongue")

Symbol of friendship and interdependence

The teeth and the tongue play interdependent roles in the mouth. They may come into conflict, but they need to work together.

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NEA OPE SE OBEDI HENE ("he who wants to be king")

Symbol of service and leadership.

From the expression "Nea ope se obedi hene daakye no, firi ase sue som ansa" meaning "He who wants to be king in the future must first learn to serve." 

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

BESE SAKA ("sack of cola nuts")

Symbol of affluence, power, abundance, plenty, togetherness and unity.

The cola nut played an important role in the economic life of Ghana. A widely-used cash crop, it is closely associated with affluence and abundance. This symbol also represents the role of agriculture and trade in bringing peoples together.

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

MPATAPO ("knot of pacification/reconciliation")

Symbol of reconciliation, peacemaking and pacification

Mpatapo represents the bond or knot that binds parties in a dispute to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation. It is a symbol of peacemaking after strife.

Source: adinkra.org

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NYAME BIRIBI WO SORO ("God is in the heavens")

Symbol of hope:

A reminder that God's dwelling place is in the heaven, where he can listen to all prayers.

Source: adinkra.org

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