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Adinkra symbols are visual symbols, usually in black and white, that represent proverbs, aphorisms and popular sayings of the Akans. Though the symbols are still important in Akan culture, they have also received global recognition, expanding their use beyond imprints in cloth for ceremonial events.

This project is an attempt to gather notes and facts on Adinkra symbols from various places. The research uses various resources, some of which are rather obscure. The major sources are listed below.

Some of the images were taken from the Kasahorow Adinkra Library which provides high quality images of about thirty Adinkra symbols.

This project also includes some proverbs of the Akan proverbs in Twi with English interpretations and other commentary.

The proverbs reveal the philosophy of the Akan people, who are a heterogeneous mixture of various ethnic groups.

Please send questions, comments, suggestions, and feedback to akanproverbs@gmail.com