Adinkra Adinkra

The Adinkra alphabet is a way to write some of the languages spoken in Ghana and Ivory Coast, such as Akan, Dagbani, Ewe and Ga. It is a simplified version of the Adinkra symbols, and was introduced in 2015 by Charles M. Korankye, who has written a number of books about it.

According to tradition, the Adinkra symbols were created by Nana Kwadwo Agyemang Adinkra, the King Gyaman people in the Ashanti region of Ghana from 1810 to 1820. Or they were created by Gyaman people, and the king liked them so much that he wore them on his clothes and named that after himself.

The Adinkra symbols are used as decoration, logos, arts, sculpture, pottery and so on. The symbols represent sayings, proverbs or concepts, such as wisdom, authority, strength, unity, love adaptability, wealth, peace, war or agreement.

Notable features

Adinkra alphabet

Adinkra alphabet


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Sample text

Sample text in Adinkra in the Akan language


Dua kontonkyikuronkyi na ɛma yehunu ɔdwomfo.


It is the unworkable (severely crooked) wood that shows us the (true) sculptor.
(Ghanaian proverb in Akan)


Adinkra Syllabary (Adinkra Nkyea)

The Adinkra Syllabary is another was to write Asante Twi based on symbols used in Akan society since the early 19th century.

Adinkra Syllabary

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Information about the Adinkra Syllabary

Details of provided by Biswajit Mandal (biswajitmandal[dot]bm90[at]gmail[dot]com)

A videos about the Adinkra alphabet


Information about the Adinkra alphabet and symbols


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