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Fawohodie – Symbolism and Importance

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Fawohodie is an Adinkra symbol that comes from the term ‘Fawodhodie ene obre na enam’, which translates as ‘independence comes with its responsibilities’.

It’s an important symbol of freedom, independence, and emancipation in West Africa, and is used extensively throughout the country.

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In the past, the Akan people of Ghana printed this pattern on undyed dark brown, black, or red hand-woven cotton fabric depending on the role of the wearer and the occasion. Today, Fawohodie is printed on brighter colored fabrics.


What is Fawohodie?

This symbol represents independence, emancipation, and freedom.

What does Fawohodie mean?

Fawohodie means ‘independence comes with responsibilities’ in the Akan language.

How do you pronounce Fawohodie?

The word ‘Fawohodie’ is pronounced ‘Fa-Ho-De-Ay.’

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What Are Adinkra Symbols?

Adinkra are a collection of West African symbols that are known for their symbolism, meaning and decorative features. They have decorative functions, but their primary use is to represent concepts related to traditional wisdom, aspects of life, or the environment.

Adinkra symbols are named after their original creator King Nana Kwadwo Agyemang Adinkra, from the Bono people of Gyaman, now Ghana. There are several types of Adinkra symbols with at least 121 known images, including additional symbols that have been adopted on top of the original ones.

Adinkra symbols are highly popular and used in contexts to represent African culture, such as artwork, decorative items, fashion, jewelry, and media.

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Dani Rhys

Dani Rhys has worked as a writer and editor for over 15 years. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Education, and has also studied Political Science, Ancient History and Literature. She has a wide range of interests ranging from ancient cultures and mythology to Harry Potter and gardening. She works as the chief editor of Symbol Sage but also takes the time to write on topics that interest her.