akoma adinkra symbol

Literal meaning

The literal meaning of Akoma is “heart.” It could also mean “patience.”

Pronunciation of Akoma


A symbol of patience and tolerance

Though the heart shape is a universal symbol representing love in all its forms, it is also an Adinkra symbol with a slighty different meaning. As an Adinkra, the heart shape represents patience and tolerance.

In Akan, “Nya akoma,” literally “Get a heart” means take heart—be patient. Conversely, one who is impatient is said not to have a heart: “Onni akoma.”

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