Adinkra Symbols and Meanings: West African Knowledge Symbols

 

Adinkra are visual symbols that encapsulate evocative messages conveying traditional wisdom, philosphical thoughts, ideas or aspects of life or the environment. Once obscured, these West African symbols now take the spotlight in the world's third largest movie industry, Hollywood. Adinkra symbols have been spotted in movies like;

 

The Black Panther:

Symbol - WAWA ABA. "Seed of the Wawa tree" (Eng Translation)

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Avengers: Age of Ultron:

Symbol - TAMFO BEBRE, "The Enemy will stew in his own Juice" (Eng Translation)

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice:

Symbol - NKYINKYIM , "Twisting" (Eng Translation)

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The name “Adinkra” can be traced back to the word “Dinkra” of the Akan/Twi Language, of the Akan people of Ghana. “Dinkra” means: to be separated, taking leave or farewell.

The historical roots of these symbols date centuries back. They are believed to have their origin from Gyaman, a former kingdom in today’s Côte D’Ivoire.

History, philosophy and various religious beliefs were the core factors in the development of these symbols. Their roots stand strong to this day, with many modern-day individuals utilizing them to provide a range of products with definitive meanings. Such industries include Jewelry, Arts, Fashion, and even the world of architecture...

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So, what do the Adinkra symbols mean. Here's a list of 122 Adinkra Symbols, Meanings, philosophical Significance & Pronunciation.

Adinkra Symbols

GYE NYAME

 gye nyame

English Translation

“Except for God”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of the Supremacy of God

This unique and beautiful symbol is ubiquitous in Ghana. It is by far the most popular for use in decoration, a reflection on the deeply religious character of the Ghanaian people.

 

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SANKOFA

 sankofa

 

 

English Translation

“Return and get it”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” Essentially every experience in life should leave you wiser than it met you and even if it was a bad experience, you would have learnt not how to go about it.

 

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ADINKRAHENE

 adinkrahene

 

English Translation

 “Chief of the adinkra symbols”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Greatness, Charisma and Leadership

This symbol is said to have played an inspiring role in the designing of other symbols.
it signifies the importance of playing a leadership role in the community. Great leaders are charismatic, and this symbol exemplifies the honourable qualities of a good leader.

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FUNTUNFUNEFU-DENKYEMFUNEFU

 

 English Translation

 “Siamese crocodiles”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Democracy and Unity

The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food.
This popular symbol is a reminder that infighting and tribalism are harmful to all who engage in it.

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DENKYEM

 

 

English Translation

 “Crocodile”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Adaptability

The crocodile lives in the water, yet breathes the air, demonstrating an ability to adapt to circumstances.

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DWENNIMMEN

 

 

English Translation

 “Ram’s Horns”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of humility together with Strength

The ram will fight fiercely against an adversary, but it also submits humbly to slaughter, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble.

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AKOMA NTOSO

 

 

English Translation

“Linked Hearts”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Understanding and Agreement

 

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NYAME NTI

 

English Translation

 ” By God’s Grace”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of faith and trust in God

Similar to Gye Nyame, According to The Adinkra Dictionary by W. Bruce Willis:
“This stalk is depicted as the staff of life in many cultures. It symbolizes to the Akan that food is a basis of life and that they could not survive if not for the food that God has placed here on Earth for their nourishment. “

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NYAME BIRIBI WO SORO

 

English Translation

 “God is in the heavens”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Hope

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

 

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NKYINKYIM

 

 

English Translation

 “Twisting”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Initiative, Dynamism and Versatility

 

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NSOROMMA

 

English Translation

 “Child of the heavens [stars] “

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Guardianship

A reminder that God is the father and watches over all people.

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BI NKA BI

 

 

English Translation

 “No one should bite the other”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Peace and Harmony

This symbol cautions against provocation and strife. The image is based on two fish biting each other tails

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AKOKO NAN

 

 

English Translation

 “The leg of a hen”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Nurturing and Discipline

 

The full name of this symbol translates to “The hen treads on her chicks, but she does not kill them.” This represents the ideal nature of parents, being both protective and corrective. An exhortation to nurture children, but a warning not to pamper them.

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FIHANKRA

 

 

 

English Translation

 “House/Compound”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Security and Safety

Typical of Akan (Asante) architecture, the communal housing compound has only one entrance and exit.

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EBAN

 

English Translation

 “Fence”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Love, Safety and Security

The home to the Akan is a special place. A home which has a fence around it is considered to be an ideal residence.
The fence symbolically separates and secures the family from the outside.

Because of the security and the protection that a fence affords, the symbol is also associated with the security and safety one finds in love.– from The Adinkra Dictionary

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AKOBEN

 

English Translation

 “War Horn”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Vigilance and Wariness

Akoben is a horn used to sound a battle cry.

 

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NKONSONKONSON

 

 

English Translation

 “Chain Link”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Unity and Human relations

A reminder to contribute to the community, and that in unity there is strength

 

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OWO FORO ADOBE

 

 

English Translation

 “Snake climbing the raffia tree”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Steadfastness, Prudence and Diligence

Because of its thorns, the raffia tree is a very dangerous challenge to the snake. Its ability to climb it is a model of persistence and prudence.

 

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AKOMA

 

 

English Translation

 “The heart”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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.

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HWE MU DUA

 

 

English Translation

 “Measuring stick”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Examination and Quality Control

This symbol stresses the need to strive for the best quality, whether in a production of goods or in human endeavors.

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HYE WON HYE

 

 

English Translation

 “That which does not burn

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Imperishability and Endurance

This symbol gets its meaning from traditional priests that were able to walk on fire without burning their feet, an inspiration to others to endure and overcome difficulties.

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FAWOHODIE

 

 

English Translation

 “Independence”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Independence, Freedom, Emancipation

“From the expression: Fawodhodie ene obre na enam. Literal translation: “Independence comes with its responsibilities.”
– from Cloth As Metaphor by G.F. Kojo Arthur

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TAMFO BEBRE

 

English Translation

 “The enemy will stew in his own juice”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Jealousy and Envy

 

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DUAFE

 

 

English Translation

 “Wooden Comb”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Beauty and Cleanliness; Symbols of desirable feminine qualities

The meaning of this symbol is characterized slightly differently in “The Adinkra Dictionary” and “The Values of Adinkra Symbols”; the former emphasizes more abstract qualities of feminine goodness, love and care, while the latter has a more literal interpretation, looking one’s best and good hygiene.

In any case, the duafe was a prized possession of the Akan woman, used to comb and plait her hair.

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MMUSUYIDEE

 

 

 

English Translation

 “That which removes bad luck”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Good Fortune and Sanctity

 

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OSRAM NE NSOROMMA

 

 

English Translation

 “The Moon and the Star”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Love, Faithfulness, Harmony

This symbol reflects the harmony that exists in the bonding between a man and a woman.
Proverb: “Kyekye pe aware.” (The North Star has a deep love for marriage. She is always in the sky waiting for the return of the moon, her husband.) –from The Adinkra Dictionary)

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KINTINKANTAN

 

 

English Translation

 “Puffed up Extravagance”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Arrogance

 

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BESE SAKA

 

English Translation

 “Sack of Cola nuts”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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.

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MPATAPO

 

 

English Translation

 “Knot of Pacification/Reconciliation

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Reconciliation, Peace-making and Pacification

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

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NSAA

 

 

English Translation

 “A type of hand-woven fabric”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Excellence, Genuineness, Authenticity.

According to “The Adinkra Dictionary” by W. Bruce Willis, the nsaa symbols reflect 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

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NKYIMU

 

 

English Translation

 “The crossed divisions made on adinkra cloth before stamping”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Skillfulness, Precision

Before the 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.

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SESA WO SUBAN

 

 

English Translation

 “Change or transform your character”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Life Transformation

This Symbol combines two separate adinkra symbols, the “Morning Star” which can mean a new start to the day, placed inside the wheel, representing rotation or independent movement.

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EPA

 

 

English Translation

 “Handcuffs”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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.”

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DAME-DAME

 

 

English Translation

 “Name of a Board Game

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Intelligence and Ingenuity

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ESE NE TEKREMA

 

 

English Translation

 “The Teeth and The Tongue”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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.

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NYAME NNWU NA MAWU

 

English Translation

 God never dies, therefore I cannot die”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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

NYANSAPO

 

 

English Translation

 “Wisdom Knot”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Wisdom, Ingenuity, Intelligence and Patience

An especially revered symbol of the Akan, this symbol conveys the idea that “a wise person has the capacity to choose the best means to attain a goal.


Being wise implies broad knowledge, learning and experience, and the ability to apply such faculties to practical ends.”
(Willis, “The Adinkra Dictionary”)

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ODO NNYEW FIE KWAN

 

 

English Translation

 “Love never loses its way home”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of the Power of Love

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MATE MASIE

 

 

English Translation

 “What I hear, I keep”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Wisdom, Knowledge and Prudence

The implied meaning of the phrase “mate masie” is “I understand”.
Understanding means wisdom and knowledge, but it also represents the prudence of taking into consideration what another person has said.

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FOFO

 

 

English Translation

 “Yellow Flowered Plant”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Jealousy and Envy”

When the fofo’s petals drop, they turn into black spiky-like seeds. The Akan liken the nature of this plant to a jealous person.


” The Adinkra Dictionary by W. Bruce Willis There is a Akan proverb associated with this symbol: “What the fofo plant wishes is that the gyinantwi seeds turn black.”

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OWUO ATWEDEE

 

 

English Translation

 “The Ladder of Death”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Mortality

A reminder of the transitory nature of existence in this world and of the imperative to live a good life to be a worthy soul in the afterlife.

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MMERE DANE

 

 

English Translation

 “Time Changes “

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Change, Life’s dynamics

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PEMPAMSIE

 

 

English Translation

 “Sew in Readiness”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Readiness, Steadfastness, Hardiness

According to The Adinkra Dictionary, the design of this symbol resembles the links of a chain, and implies strength through unity as well as the importance of being prepared.

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AKOFENA

 

 

English Translation

 “Sword of War “

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Courage, Valor, and Heroism

The crossed swords were a popular motif in the heraldic shields of many former Akan states.
In addition to recognizing courage and valor, the swords can represent legitimate state authority.

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OKODEE MMOWERE

 

 

English Translation

 “The Talons of the Eagle”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Strength, Bravery, Power

The eagle is the mightiest bird in the sky, and its strength is concentrated in its talons.


The Oyoko clan, one of the nine Akan clans, uses this symbol as their clan emblem.

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NYAME YE OHENE

 

 

English Translation

 “God is King “

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Majesty and Supremacy of God

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ONYANKOPON ADOM NTI BIRIBIARA BEYE YIE

 

 

English Translation

 “By God’s grace, all will be well”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Hope, Providence, Faith

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KWATAKYE ATIKO

 

 

English Translation

 “Hair Style of an Asante war captain”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Bravery and Valor

This symbol 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.”
– W. Bruce Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary

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MPUANNUM

 

 

English Translation

 “Five Tufts” (of hair)

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Priestly office, Loyalty and Adroitness

“This symbol is said to be the hairstyle of joy. It is the traditional hairstyle of the priestesses. The design of the adinkra symbol mpuannum resembles the way the priestesses’ hair was tied. It also represents the devotion and faithfulness one displays when doing a task required of one. In addition, mpuannum means loyalty or the embodiment of lofty duty to a desired goal.”
– W. Bruce Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary

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WAWA ABA

 

 

English Translation

 “Seed of the Wawa tree”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Hardiness, Toughness and Perseverance

The seed of the wawa tree is extremely hard. In Akan culture, it is a symbol of someone who is strong and tough.


It inspires the individual to persevere through hardship.

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AYA

 

 

English Translation

 “Fern”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Endurance and Resourcefulness

The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. “An individual who wears this symbol suggests that he has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.” (Willis, The Adinkra Dictionary)

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NYAME DUA

 

 

English Translation

 “Tree of God” – Altar

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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 vessel filled with water and herbs or other symbolic materials for purification and blessing rituals.

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MFRAMADAN

 

 

English Translation

 “Wind-Resistant House”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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 constitution of the Golden Stool. Oral accounts 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.”
–from The Adinkra Dictionary by W. Bruce Willis

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NEA OPE SE OBEDI HENE

 

English Translation

 “He who wants to be king “

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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: Cloth As Metaphor by G.F. Kojo Arthur

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WOFORO DUA PA A

 

 

English Translation

 “When you climb a good tree”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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: Cloth As Metaphor by G.F. Kojo Arthur

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WO NSA DA MU A

 

 

English Translation

 “If your hands are in the dish”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of participatory Government, Democracy and Pluralism

From the aphorism, “Wo nsa da mu a, wonni nnya wo” — “If your hands are in the dish, people do not eat everything and leave you nothing.”
Source: “Cloth As Metaphor” by G.F. Kojo Arthur

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BOA ME NA ME MMOA WO

 

 

English Translation

 “Help me and let me help you”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Cooperation and Interdependence

 

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KETE PA

 

 

English Translation

 “Good bed “

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of a Good Marriage

From the expression that a woman who has a good marriage is said to sleep on a good bed.
See Cloth As Metaphor by G.F. Kojo Arthur, pp. 87-89

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ME WARE WO

 

 

 

English Translation

 “I shall marry you “

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Commitment, Perseverance

From the expression “No one rushes into the job of mixing the concrete for building the house of marriage.”
See Cloth As Metaphor by G.F. Kojo Arthur, pp. 89, 163.

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ASASE YE DURU

 

English Translation

 “The Earth has Weight”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of providence and the divinity of Mother Earth

This symbol represents the importance of the Earth in sustaining life.

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NEA ONNIM NO SUA A, OHU

 

 

English Translation

 “He who does not know can know from learning”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of knowledge, life-long education and continued quest for knowledge
Source: Cloth As Metaphor by G.F. Kojo Arthur.

 

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ANANSE NTONTAN

 

 

English Translation

 “Spider’s Web”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Wisdom, Creativity and the complexities of life

Ananse, the spider, is a well-known character in African folktales.

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MAKO

 

English Translation

 “Pepper”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Inequality and Uneven development

Mako is a shortened form of the Akan proverb “Mako nyinaa mpatu mmere,” literally “All peppers (presumably on the same tree) do not ripen simultaneously.
”This proverb admonishes the greater ones to help the less fortunate with the implicit understanding that fortunes could reverse so that they would also need someone’s help.
As the Akans say, “Mmerɛ dane,” literally, “Time changes” so any advantage one may have now may not persist forever.

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ABE DUA

 

English Translation

 “Palm Tree”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Wealth, Resourcefulness, and Self-sufficiency

The palm tree is a symbol of resourcefulness because many diverse products emanate from that single tree: wine, oil, brooms, etc.

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OKUAFO PA

 

 

English Translation

 “Good farmer”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

A symbol of Diligence, Hard work, Entrepreneurship

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SEPOW

 

 

 

English Translation

 “Executioner’s knife”

 

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Justice

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MENSO WO KENTEN

 

 

English Translation

 “I am not carrying your basket”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Industry, Self-reliance, and Economic self-determination

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UAC NKANEA

 

English Translation

 “UAC lights”

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Technological Advancement

Several of the symbols in the adinkra cloths record social changes that have been brought about by both external and internal factors.

For example, the aban (castle, fortress), kurontire ne akwamu (council of state), ohene tuo (king’s gun), UAC nkanea (UAC lights), benz, television, kookoo dua (cocoa tree), and sedee or serewa (cowrie shell) symbols record specific technological developments and historical events that led to particular changes and factors that influenced the direction of such changes in the Asante (Akan) and Ghanaian society.

(Arthur and Rowe, Akan Cultural Symbols Project)

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NTEASEE

 

 

English Translation

“Understanding”

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol for understanding and cooperation

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KURONTI NE AKWAMU

 

English Translation

 Kuronti and Akwamu

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

A symbol of democracy, sharing ideas, taking council

The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) in Ghana holds an annual lecture series called the Kronti ne Akwamu Lecture to discuss issues related to democratic development.

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ABODE SANTANN

 

 

English Translation

 All seeing eye

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Divine Creator, Omnipresence,

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ABUSUA PA

 

English Translation

 Good Family

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Good family, Family unity,

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ADWO

 

English Translation

 Peace

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Serenity, Peace, Calmness

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AGYIN DAWURU

 

 

English Translation

Loyalty

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

A Symbol of Loyalty

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AKWAABA

 

 

English Translation

 Welcome

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Reception, Hospitality

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ANI BRE A ENSO GYA

 

English Translation

 Red Eyes Can’t Spark Flames

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ANYI ME AYE A

 

English Translation

 If You Will Not Praise Me

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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ASAAWA

 

English Translation

Sweet Berry

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Tenderness

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ASAASE YE DURO

 

 

English Translation

 The Earth Has Weight

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ASETENA PA

 

 

English Translation

 Good Living

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AWURADE BAATANFO

 

 

English Translation

 God the Mother

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Nurturing, Provision

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BOAFO YE NA

 

 

English Translation

 Willing Helper

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Support, Help

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DONNO

 

English Translation

 Bell Drum

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DONNO NTOASO

 

 

 

English Translation

 Talking Drum

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

The talking drum is a communication device among many cultures in Africa

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ESONO ANANTAM

 

English Translation

 Elephant’s Footprint

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of making an impact

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FAFANTO

 

English Translation

 Butterfly

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Transformation,Change

Many Cultures associate butterfly with the soul

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GYE W’ANI

 

 

English Translation

 Enjoy Yourself

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Enjoyment, Celebration

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KOKUROMOTIE

 

English Translation

 Thumb

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Meaning & Philosophical Significance

KRAMO BONE

 

English Translation

 Bad Mohammedan

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KYEMFERE

 

 

English Translation

 Potsherds

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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MEKYIA WO

 

English Translation

 I Salute You

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Respect

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MMARA KRADO

 

Seal Of Law

English Translation

 Symbol of Justice

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Meaning & Philosophical Significance

MO NO YO

 

English Translation

 Congratulations

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Recognition

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MPUANKRON

 

 

English Translation

 Five Tufts of Hair

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MRAMMUO

 

 

English Translation

Crossing Paths

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NANTE YIE

 

 

English Translation

 Goodbye

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Farewell

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NKOTIMSEFO MPUA

 

 

English Translation

 Court Attendants Hair Style

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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NKRABEA

 

 

English Translation

 Destiny

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Destiny

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NKURUMA KESEE

 

English Translation

 Big Okra

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NNAMPO PA BAANU

 

English Translation

 Two Good Friends

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

A symbol of friendship and interdependence

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NOKORE

 

English Translation

 Truth

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Truth

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NSA KO, NA NSA ABA

 

 

English Translation

Hand Go, Hand Come

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Help, Support

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NSEREWA

 

English Translation

 Cowry Shells

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Abundance, Wealth

The cowry shells were once used as money or medium of exchange in many cultures.

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NYA GYIDIE

 

 

English Translation

Have Faith

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Faith, Hope

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OBAATAN AWAAMU

 

 

English Translation

 Warm Embrace of Mother

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Compassion

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OBOHEMMAA

 

 

English Translation

Diamond

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OHENE ADWA

 

English Translation

 King’s Stool

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Authority, Leadership

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OHENE ANIWA

 

English Translation

 King’s Eyes

 

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OHENE KRA KONMUNDE

 

English Translation

Royal Soul Pendant

 

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OHENE KYE

 

 

English Translation

 King’s Crown

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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OHENE KYINIIE

 

English Translation

 King’s Umbrella

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Kingship

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OHENE PAPA

 

English Translation

 Good King

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Good Governance

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OSIADAN NYAME

 

English Translation

 God the Builder

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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OTUMFUO WUO YE YA

 

English Translation

 The King is Gone

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OWIA A REPUE

 

English Translation

 Rising Sun

 

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PAGYA

 

 

English Translation

 Strikes Fire

 

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SOM ONYANKOPON

 

English Translation

 Worship God

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Symbol of Worship

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SUNSUM

 

English Translation

 The Soul

 

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TABONO

 

English Translation

 Oars

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

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TI KORO NKO AGYINA

 

English Translation

One Head is not a Council

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Emphasizing the importance of cooperation, Teamwork.

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TUMI TE SE KUSUA

 

English Translation

 Power Is Like an Egg

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TUO NE AKOFENA

 

 

English Translation

Gun and State Sword

 

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YEBEHYIA BIO

 

 

English Translation

We Shall Meet Again

 

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NYANSAPO

 

English Translation

Wisdom Knot

 

Meaning & Philosophical Significance

Variation of the Symbol of wise leadership, ingenuity, intelligence and patience.

A revered symbol of the Akan, this symbol conveys the idea that “a wise person has the capacity to choose the best means to attain a goal.”

Being wise implies broad knowledge, learning and experience, and the ability to apply such faculties to practical ends.

 

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Sources:

http://www.adinkra.org

http://www.adinkrasymbols.org