Pan-Afrikan Recognition Celebration
THE ADINKRA SYMBOL
The Adinkra Symbols are believed to be originated from Gyaman, present day Côte D’Ivoire (West Africa). The King of Gyam wore pattered cloth as he was taken away from his kingdom. These myriad of symbols are now used in cloths that is specially made from the region to mark movement in one’s life due to special events, such as funerals and weddings. These patterns are made in wooden blocks stamps made from the bark and roots from the Kuntuni trees, trees native to the region. Even the ink used to mark the cloths are natural and not made to last beyond the event they were intended for.
This particular symbol holds a meaning Authority and Genuiness. For the Pan-Afrikan graduation, we are focusing on the third meaning of Excellence. The phrase associated with this symbol is “nea onnim nsaa oto n'ago” (Pronunciation aid) which loosely translates to, “the One who knows this blanket (fabric) will spot it from the fakes and buy it even when its old;” meaning that true excellence is easily spotted and should be cherished no matter how much time has passed since this moment, celebrate it-celebrate you and all that you have accomplished.