SymbolName & Literal MeaningPhilosophical Significance
akoma-smallAkoma
Literally: Heart
Patience and tolerance
tamfo-bebre-smallTamfo Bebre
Literally: The enemy will suffer
The awareness of ill-will, jealousy, and envy
funtumfunafu-denkyemfunafu-smallDenkyem
Literally: Crocodile
Adaptability, cleverness
duafe-smallDuafe
Literally: Wooden comb
Beauty, hygiene
gye-nyame-smallGye Nyame
Literally: Except God
The omnipotence of God
bese-saka-smallBese Saka
Literally: A bunch of cola nuts
Afluence, power, and abundance
mpuannum-smallMpuannum
Literally: Five tufts (of hair)
Loyalty and priestly office
epa-smallEpa
Literally: Handcuffs
Slavery; also, law and order
nea-onnim-no-sua-a-ohu-smallNea Onnim
Literally: He who does not know
Knowledge and learning
menso-wo-kenten-smallMenso Wo Kenten
Literally: I am not carrying your basket
Industry, self-reliance, and economic self-determination
aban-smallAban
Literally: Fortress
Strength and authority
sepow-smallSepow
Literally: Executioner's knife
Justice
funtumfunafu-denkyemfunafu-smallFuntumfunafu Denkyemfunafu
Literally: Conjoined crocodiles
Unity in diversity; democracy; sharing
mframadan-smallMframadan
Literally: A well-ventilated house
Resilience and readiness to face the vicissitudes of life
osram-ne-nsoromma-smallOsram ne Nsoromma
Literally: Moon and star
Faithfulness, fidelity
dame-dame-smallDame-Dame
Literally: Chequered (as in the pattern on the board of a game of draughts or chess)
Intelligence, ingenuity
mako-smallMako
Literally: Pepper
Inequality and uneven development
mmere-dane-smallMmere Dane
Literally: Time changes (times change)
The temporariness of good times
nkyinkyim-smallNkyinkyim
Literally: Twisting
Twists and turns in the journey of life
nteasee-smallNteasee
Literally: Understanding
Understanding and cooperation
adinkrahene-smallAdinkrahene
Literally: King of Adinkra symbols
Leadership and charisma
owuo-atwedee-smallOwuo Atwedee
Literally: Ladder of death
The certainty and universality of death
uac-nkanea-smallUAC Nkanea
Literally: UAC lights
Technological advancement; undesirable technological advancement
woforo-dua-pa-a-smallWoforo Dua Pa A
Literally: When you climb a good tree
Support for good causes
mpatapo-smallMpatapo
Literally: Pacification knot
Pacification, forgiveness, and reconciliation
nsaa-smallNsaa
Literally: The name of a type of woven cloth
Excellence, genuineness, authenticity
nkonsonkonson-smallNkonsonkonson
Literally: Chain
Unity, community
okuafo-pa-smallOkuafo Pa
Literally: Good farmer
Diligence, hardwork, entrepreneurship
akoben-smallAkoben
Literally: War horn
Vigilance and wariness
kuronti-ne-akwamu-smallKuronti ne Akwamu
Literally: Kuronti and Akwamu (two councils of state)
Democracy, sharing ideas, taking council
akoko-nan-smallAkoko Nan
Literally: Leg of a hen
Nurturing coupled with discipline
hwehwemudua-smallHwehwemudua
Literally: Measuring rod (rod of investigation)
High quality and excellence
dwannini-mmen-smallDwannini Mmen
Literally: Ram's horns
Strength with humility
akoma-ntoaso-smallAkoma Ntoaso
Literally: Extension of the heart
Charter, agreement
abe-dua-smallAbe Dua
Literally: Palm tree
Wealth, resourcefulness, and self-sufficiency
nyame-dua-smallNyame Dua
Literally: God's tree (sacred stump)
God's presence and protection
nyame-nwu-na-mawu-smallNyame Nwu na Mawu
Literally: God won't die for me to die
The immortality of man (that is, man's soul)
adwo-smallAdwo
Literally: Calmness
Peace, tranquility, quiet
odo-nyera-fie-kwan-smallOdo Nyera Fie Kwan
Literally: Love does not miss its way home
The triumph of good over evil
nsoromma-smallNsoromma
Literally: Child of the heavens