"Except for God"
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
"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.
"five tufts" (of hair)
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
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.
ODO NNYEW FIE KWAN
"Love never loses its way home"
symbol of the power of love
A symbol of Faith, Hope
This symbol is pretty popular amongst the Akan people. It stands for faith and hope. A constant reminder that you can still make it through the most turbulent times in your life provided your hold onto hope and not lose sight of what is important.