Akofena – Adinkra symbol of Courage

April 1, 2012

A to Z Blogging ChallengeToday begins my writing journey in the A to Z blogging Challenge for April 2012. I invite you to join me each day as I develop entries with the a new “theme” letter progressing thru the alphabet to Z.. As always I will also be writing about the topics thru the lens of the Adinkra symbols.

Akofena is the Adinkra symbol that represents courage and valor. As we walk thru the tragic unfolding story

Adinkra symbol of courage and valor

Akofena Adinkra Symbol

of Trayvon Martin I see this as the new vision we must embrace. We all must have the courage to standup for the youth of our society, protect them and insist that those in power do right by them. I applaud those who  are standing in the concept of Akofena with hoodies and showing support for Trayvons parents and family.

Currently we can find so many areas in modern society that require a higher level of attention because innocent children are being harmed. There seems to be less and less regard for proper education in our schools, nutritional standards are steadily falling and children’s programing has been infused with violence and sexual overtones. Across the globe there is a lack of clean water, girls are denied education, children sold as sex slaves. and more. These are just a few of the topics that require us to wave a flag with Akofena. It is time for parents and community leaders to stand boldly in defense of youth.

So my challenge for you today is to identify where you can stand with Akofena for the youth in your life. Where do you think we need to stand boldly for the children?

2 Responses to “Akofena – Adinkra symbol of Courage”


  1. Hi – I’m stopping by from the A-Z challenge. Adinkra and Akofena are both new words for me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on these topics. So interesting.

    • Jaelma Says:

      Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am just loving participating in the A to Z Challenge – so man wonderful Blogs and so many ways to express yourself thru the Alphabet!

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