Patrique deGraft-Yankson

Patrique deGraft-Yankson, 2018, video. © Patrique deGraft-Yankson

Popularisation of Adinkra Symbolism through Digital Animation


Traditional Ghana abounds in useful symbols, signs and motifs that encapsulate a lot of Ghanaian philosophies and beliefs, and play important roles in defining their cultural heritage for the traditional Ghanaian. Good examples of these symbols are the Adinkra symbols of Akans (an ethnic group in Ghana), which express various themes that relate to the history, beliefs and philosophy of the people.




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    Patrique deGraft-Yankson


    Some of these signs and symbols depict historical events, human behaviour, animal behaviour, attitudes, plant life forms and shapes of objects, many of which have grown to assume recognizable iconographic dimensions. Others carry rich proverbial messages that are traditionally considered a mark of wisdom. These attributes indeed give credence to the need for the preservation and popularization of traditional symbolism and imagery.


    Therefore, in this project (which is one of many others in progress) therefore, has made an attempt to repackage Adinkra and other traditional symbols through animated videos. The aim is to make these age-old symbols more accessible and attractive to the modern Ghanaian youth. Presenting traditional symbols digitally would not only appeal to the youth, but would also ensure widespread visibility, presentation and thus, better preservation.



    published October 2020