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Okodee Mmowere is an Adinkra symbol meaning ‘the talons of the eagle’ and is a highly significant symbol in West Africa. It features a vertical line with three horizontal lines running across it. This symbol is popularly used as an emblem by the Oyoko clan, one of the eight major Akan clans.
Symbolism of Okodee Mmowere
The Akans view Okodee Mmowere as a symbol of bravery, strength, and power. The eagle is the mightiest bird in the skies with its strength and power concentrated in its sharp talons. This is why the Okodee Mmowere is focused on its talons and not the bird as a whole. It’s meant to inspire bravery and strength.
Translated, the words ‘Okodee Mmowere’ mean ‘talons of the eagle’.
This symbol represents strength, bravery, and power.
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.