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West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NANTE YIE - GOODBYE
A symbol of farewell
“This symbol means goodbye. Saying farewell to loved ones, things or even a place can be especially difficult but sometimes it is inevitable and it is necessary to prepare your mind to be parted with the person, place or thing.”

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

AKOMA NTOSO - LINKED HEARTS

Symbol of Understanding and Agreement

"Akoma ntoso in Akan means linked hearts. It signifies people coming together usually for the purpose of working together. For people to work together with one another, the must be in agreement with others or at the very least one open to entertaining and understanding their point of view.

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

DONNO NTOASO - TALKING DRUM

“The talking drum is a communication device common to many tribes across West Africa. The talking drum is beaten to relay a local language and covey a message to people within the community. For the Akan people in the Asante land of Ghana, the symbol of the talking drum poetic excellence and goodwill. It can also be used to send praises and goodwill to the people of the community.”

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NKRABEA - DESTINY
A symbol of destiny.
“Nkrabea means destiny and as the Akan people are firm believers in destiny, this symbol is very popular in the Asante region. Everyone created has a unique destiny and provided you live your life right, you will surely succeed and achieve the things you were predestined to do in life.”

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NNAMPO PA BAANU - TWO GOOD FRIENDS
A symbol of friendship and interdependence
"A good friend is worth more than gold and there is no greater relationship than true friendship. The Akan people understand the essence and value of a good friend as this symbol epitomizes the interdependency between two people who are friends."

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NNAMPO PA BAANU - TWO GOOD FRIENDS
A symbol of friendship and interdependence
"A good friend is worth more than gold and there is no greater relationship than true friendship. The Akan people understand the essence and value of a good friend as this symbol epitomizes the interdependency between two people who are friends."

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

MO NO YO - CONGRATULATIONS
“A symbol of Recognition, praise
Mo no yo means congratulations. When someone excels at something deserving of praise, it is only fitting to congratulate the person and this symbol is widely used amongst the Akan people to show recognition for a job well done.”

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

NOKORE - TRUTH
A symbol of truth
“The truth always stands and it will always remain unchanged regardless of the circumstances. The symbol embodies truth and everything related to it. It is meant to inspire truthfulness in people because at the end of the day, that is the truth will stand the test of time and situations.”

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

Name/Theme: Mmara krado/Justice and Authority. 

Mmara refers to the law that is the rule or set of rules for good behavior, be it moral, religious or emotional. Krado refers to a padlock, it symbolizes authority. This means the supreme authority vested in someone to fasten or hold in check other people’s behavior, for the good of society. This symbol signifies supreme authority, justice, and equality of everybody before the law. The symbol stresses the importance of enforcing and abiding by rules and regulations in order to bring sanity in all communities. This is a symbol of authority and justice.

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West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

FAWOHODIE means "independence"

FAWOHODIE symbol of independence, freedom, emancipation

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

Kramo bone: The Bad
Symbol of Warning against Hypocrisy, Pretence, Deceit 
We cannot tell the good from the bad because of pretense and hypocrisy. 

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

Kontire Ne Akwamu 
State Elders - Reliance, Democracy.
One head does not make up council. 

I also call this “A Scent of a WOMAN”

West African Wisdom: Adinkra Symbols & Meanings

Mmra Krado: Seal of Law and Order. 
The Court’s Authority, Law and Order. 

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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