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How to pronounce Nea Onnim

The meaning and philosophical significance of Nea Onnim

Nea Onnim means “He who does not know.” It is from the Akan proverb, “Nea onnim no sua a ohu,” which translates as, “When he who does not know learns, he gets to know.” It is a symbol of knowledge, life-long education, and continued quest for knowledge.


  1. The meaning of the symbol was taken from Cloth as Metaphor by G. F. Kojo Arthur.
  2. The source of the image of the symbol is Wikimedia Commons

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