Akofena – Adinkra symbol of Courage
April 1, 2012
Today 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
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?