Adinkra Legend

Adinkra symbols originated in West Africa by the Akan people of Ghana as a visual language used in architecture, furniture, jewelry, art, textiles, and more! Although the symbols have an alpha-numeric (letter & number) association, each one also carries unique deeper meanings of concepts and sayings.* 

 

Various marks have been chosen and placed throughout the CQ site intentionally as a secondary form of communication and affirmation. Below you will find the meanings of these markings* as well as a great resource to learn more about these beautiful glyphs.

Symbol
Name
Meaning
Adinkrahene
"Chief of all adinkra symbols." To act in a leadership role and inspire others. Symbolizes greatness and charisma.
Akoben
"War horn". Battle call symbolizing courage.
Aya
"Fern." Symbolizes an individual who as endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.
Bese Saka
"Sack of cola nuts." Symbolizes affluence, power, abundance, plenty, togetherness and unity.
Bi Nka Bi
"Bite not one another." Symbolizes caution against negative actions towards one another. Promotes peace, harmony and brotherliness.
Boa Me Na Me Mmoa Wo
"Help me and let me help you." Symbolizes interdependence & cooperation.
Cdc Nyera Fie Kwan
"Love never loses its way home" Symbolizes love & hope.
Cwo Foro AdobE
"A snake climbs the raffia palm." Symbolizes steadfastness, persistence and diligence to achieve success.
DenkyEm
"Crocodile." Symbolizes learning to adjust to different situations in life and adapting to changing conditions in our life and the environment.
Duafe
"Wooden Comb." Symbolizes desirable feminine qualities, beauty and cleanliness.
Ese Ne TEkerEma
"The teeth and the tongue." Symbolizes friendship. The need to work together although they may come in conflict.
Fawohodie
"Independence." Symbolizes the understanding we must work for the things that wish for in life. Independence comes with its responsibility.
Fihankra
"You did not say goodbye when you left home." Symbolizes security and safety.
Funtunfunefu DEnkyEmfunefu
"Conjoined Crocodiles." Symbolizes the importance of working together and unity in diversity.
Gyawu
"Commander in Chief of Kumasi army" Symbolizes bravery and honor
Hye Wonhye
"That which cannot be burnt." Symbolizes endurance and the ability to withstand life difficulties.
Mate Masie
"What I hear, I keep." Symbolizes receptivity to learning and education (prudence).
Mframadan
"Wind-resistant house." Symbolizes preparedness & fortitude.
Mpatapc
"Knot of reconciliation." Symbolizes peacemaking and pacification.
MusuyideE
'Thing to remove evil'. Used to ward off negativity. Symbolizes sanctity, good fortune and enlightenment. Affiliated with Tree of Life, Flower of Life and Ankh.
Nea Onnim No Sua A, Ohu
"He/She who does not know, will know from learning." Symbolizes persistence and hard work in acquiring knowledge. Practice makes perfect,
Nkcnscnkcnscn
"Chain or link," Symbolizes interdependence, unity and responsibility.
Nkyinkyim
"Twisting". Symbolizes toughness and ability to withstand hardships.
Nyame Dua
"Tree of God." Symbolizes presence and protection of God as well as deeper knowledge of the physical and metaphysical world.
Nyame Nwu Na Mawu
"God does not die, and so I cannot die." Symbolizes immortality of the soul and an expression of the Divine.
Sunsum
"Soul." Symbolizes cleanliness of spirit and spirituality. Immortality, the metaphysical body & soul.
Wawa Aba
"Seed of the Wawa tree." Symbolizes inspiration to persevere through hardship.

*This information was collected from excerpts in the Adinkra Alphabet, Third Edition: The Adinkra Symbols As Alphabets by Charles Korakye. If you are interested in learning more about these symbols and uses, we recommend you obtain this book for reference during your research.