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The Adinkra symbols are part of a rich African tradition dating back beyond the 17th century, and they are believed to have their origin from Gyaman - a former kingdom in today’s Ivory Coast. The stunning motifs were developed by the Asante people of Ghana, West Africa, who evolved the unique art of Adinkra printing cloths, made and used exclusively by royalty and spiritual leaders for sacred ceremonies.  The meaning of each symbol derives from a proverb, history, events, human attitude, animal behavior, plants and shapes of inanimate and man-made objects.  The Adinkra tradition continues to flourish in modern times and the number of symbols continues to grow.  In contemporary Ghana, the symbols and their meanings are still very much used to convey a message through a wide range of products and crafts, including clothing accessories, interior design, carpentry, architure etc.


I am he who came into being in the form of the infinite power of manifestation (Khepera). I became the Creator of what came into being.  After my coming into being many were the things coming forth from my mouth (words of power). Not existed heaven (Nut), not existed earth (Geb), and creeping things in that place.  I raised them out of Nu, from the state of inactivity.  Not found I a place to stand wherein.  I was alone, for not had I spit out the form of Shu (the thermal yang principle of the world), not had I emitted Tefnut (the moisture, hydrogenoid, yin principle of the world) not existed another who worked with me.  I made a foundation by means of my will, and laid a foundation in the law (Maa), and there came into being the multitude of things.  I was alone.  I became from GOD one, Gods three, that is from out of myself were raised up Shu and Tefnut. Nu (the unmanifested undifferentiated realm) Shu and Tefnut gave birth to Seb (Geb or earth), and Nut (heaven), Seb, and Nut gave birth to Ausar, Herukhent en Maati, Set, Auset, and Nebt-Het.
Yaa Asantewa “Queen Mother of Ejisu” (1900)

Near the end of the 19th century, the British exiled King Prempeh from the hinterlands of the gold coast (present day Ghana), in an attempt to take over. By 1900, still not gaining control, the British sent a governor to the city of Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti, to demand the Golden Stool, the Ark of the covenant of the Ashanti people.
The Golden Stool was the supreme symbol of the sovereignty and the independence of the Ashanti, a fierce and warlike people who inhabit dense rain forests of what is now the Central portion of Ghana. The Governor in no way understood the sacred significance of the Stool, which according to tradition, contained the soul of the Ashanti.
Yaa Asantewa’s speech stirred up the men, she said “If you men will not go forward, then we the women will. I will call upon my fellow women. We will fight the white men until the last of us falls in the battlefields. The Ashantis, led by Yaa Asantewa, fought very bravely.Yaa Asantewa was present at the meeting with the governor and chiefs. When the meeting ended, and she was alone with the Ashanti Chiefs, she said, “Now I have seen that some of you fear to fight for our King. If it were in the brave days of old, the days of Osei Tutu, Okomfo Anoyke and Opulu Ware, Ashanti Chiefs would not sit down to see their King taken away without firing a shot. No white man could have dared speak to Ashanti Chiefs in the way the Governor spoke to you chiefs this morning.”
The British sent 1400 soldiers with guns to Kumasi, capturing Yaa Asantewa and other leaders and sent them into exile. The war with the British started in 1805 and ended some 100 years later. Yaa Asantewa’s War was the last major war led by an African woman.

Scenes of daily life in Djenne, Mali
via nostalgerie

The beautiful African architecture

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Simply Africa, Simply Beautiful

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When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.

Nelson Mandela

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14-Year-Old African Genius Makes Electricity For Village

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My recent tweets about the Kony project

Alot of people have been tweeting me @ZellieImani or inboxing me here on my tumblr about my thoughts and opinions on the Kony Project. So i voiced some on twitter because i felt it’s important to do so…

@ShadowScript the kony project brings attention to atrocities that need it, but does so in simplistic way. Its bigger than the LRA.

The positive from the Kony project is that people are discussing Africa again. The danger though is who is monopolizing and framing it.

By framing the discussion I mean, the media will limit the boundaries of the issues raised by the Kony project.

We cannot reduce Africa’s problem to nepotism, tribalism or Africa’s Big Men. Doing so ignores the source of these issues.

Having a discussion about Kony, LRA and civil wars without talking about colonialism and globalization is dishonest and pointless!

You can’t put a face to economic and social problem. Once you get rid of that person, the problem is still there.

Listen, Noone in “The Free World” cared about the atrocities in Africa because they profited greatly from it.

Major guerilla wars in Africa are fueled by minerals and resources we have a demand for. You can’t operate a cellphone without coltan!

If the workers mining the minerals in resources in Africa werent children and were unionized. It would cut into company profits.

For corporations to continue to profit. They must exploit workers and keep the price of materials they need low! Blind eye to atrocities

Let it be known a lot of charities and non profits in Africa and for African people are exploiting them just as bad!

@LeeMurrayIII most cases yeah. They exploiting the issues for their own gains. It’s a proven fact foreign aid does more harm than good

I don’t have enough space in my tweets to explain the economic and social dynamics of Africa

Africa’s exploited for its natural resources. Resources that are drying up. If its not being developed now. When oil is gone, then what?

Please follow me on @ZellieImani !

Let’s revisit and reframe this discussion about Kony, Uganda, Africa, colonialism and globalization in general!

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Black History eBooks Pack 1: Cheikh Anta Diop

1. Black History eBooks Pack 1: Cheikh Anta Diop
  • African Origin of civilization myth or reality
  • Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology
  •  Precolonial Black Africa
  • Cultural Unity of Black Africa
  • The Origin of the Egyptians

Download the rar file and open on Windows using WinRar or On Mac with Zipeg. Extract the books which will be in pdf format and read on computer,ipad,smartphone or kindle. Black Love.

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Soldiers of Peace is a documentary that picks up right where Not Guilty leaves off. The film follows Jiwe in his new life as he teams up with fellow boy soldier Ishmael Beah of Sierra Leone on a worldwide campaign to bring peace and reconciliation to war torn communities. Ishmael, who authored the New York Times best seller “A Long Way Gone” chronicling his experience as a child soldier, has given the Company’s executive producers unprecedented access to his captivating life story.

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