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What is Okodee Mmowere?

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.

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What does Okodee Mmowere mean?

Translated, the words ‘Okodee Mmowere’ mean ‘talons of the eagle’.

What does Okodee Mmowere symbolize?

This symbol represents strength, bravery, and power.

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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.

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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.