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Meaning and philosophical significance of Nserewa

Cowries. A symbol of affluence and wealth. Also a symbol of sacredness when used by priests. Cowries were traditionally used as money in parts of West Africa before the colonial era. In fact, the anglicized form of the Twi word for ‘cowry’–‘sedee’–is what was adopted as the name for the national currency when the nation weaned itself off of the Ghanaian pound after independence.


The meaning of the symbol was taken from the Adinkra Dictionary by W. Bruce Willis

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