Sankofa - Go Back and Get it


 

Sankofa is a word from the Twi language of Ghana and is the most widely known of the Adinkra symbols created by the Ashanti tribe. Sankofa is a bird looking back and taking an egg from its back, symbolising bringing forward knowledge from the past and, learning from your mistakes this is summarised as 'go back and get it' being associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates as: "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten."  A more stylised version of the Sankofa symbol is of a heart with coiled edges which is similar in design to the Eastern symbol for a heart.

Sankofa has been widely absorbed into popular culture often being used in jewellery, clothing, logos and tattoos. It can also be found as an Akan gold weight or 'mrammou' which is a traditional method for weighing gold and merchandise, it is often carved onto Akan stools defining their function and meaning and is used as a symbolic finial or 'ntuatire' on a presidential state parasol or a court linguists staff. Using Adinkra symbols in this way serves as a reminder of tradition and helps to bring people together through mutual respect.

Wear Sankofa if you wish to use past knowledge to become more skilful and successful creating a better future from previous mistakes.

 


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