About Our Logo

Ghana Together Logo

Our bright, cheerful Ghana Together logo reflects our mission and values. With its circular shape and the figures in the center, the logo suggests togetherness. It reflects our desire to work together with our Ghanaian partners in a very personal way, at the local level.

The childlike playfulness of the two little center figures represents our focus on children and youth, and also our enjoyment when we achieve goals together and deepen friendships.

The black star celebrates African freedom, and our own. The star's black color as well as the yellow and red are those of the Ghanaian flag.

The traditional adinkra symbols incorporate Ghanaian proverbs, folk tales, and cultural wisdom. They are frequently seen on fabric, vehicles, buildings, and in logos. They are beautiful, meaningful graphic reminders of the most cherished Ghanaian values.

We have chosen five symbols that are commonly seen in Ghana and that best represent the types of projects we work on together and the core aspects of our mission. We present them clockwise.

Fihankra-House or Compound“Fihankra” stands for "house or compound" and is the symbol for security and safety. It represents the Western Heritage Home Community Learning Center facility we helped build. It served for about five years as a Children’s Home and now houses educational programs for children and youth. It serves as a meeting place in a community where such space — with water, electricity, and near a tro-tro stop—is in short supply. This symbol also reminds us of the true purpose of the WHH Community Learning Center as a “home” for all kinds of Axim community activities.

Nea Onnim No Sua A, OhuThe “Nea Onnim No Sua A, Ohu” symbol stands for “he who does not know can know from learning.” It is the symbol of knowledge, life-long education, and the need for a continued quest for knowledge. Typical projects include schooling for children, science workshops and the JHS Science Center, public library resources and programs, computer learning opportunities, and helping to facilitate a new crèche (pre-school).

Duafe - Beauty and Cleanliness"Duafe” stands literally for “wooden comb.” Symbolizing beauty and cleanliness, hygiene, love, and care, it inspires our projects in health and sanitation. Examples are placing hand washing stations called “veronica buckets” in schools, conducting HIV/AIDs awareness workshops, providing medical attention for a boy with a club foot condition, and facilitating logistics and communication for toilet/sanitation projects.

Nea Ope Se Obedi Hene“Nea Ope Se Obedi Hene” stands for “he who wants to be king." It is the symbol of service and leadership. It comes from the expression "He who wants to be king in the future must first learn to serve." We use this symbol to inspire us to be faithful in leadership as Directors on the Ghana Together Board, to be generous with our time and talents, and good stewards of monetary and in-kind donations. It reminds us to be encouraging, respectful, and supportive of the Ghanaian leaders with whom we partner and we ask them to respond similarly to us!

Gye Nyame “Gye Nyame” stands for "except for God."  It is the symbol of the supremacy of God. This symbol is the most unique, ubiquitous, and probably the most-loved in Ghana. It reflects the deeply spiritual character of the Ghanaian people, and engenders in us respect and appreciation for the richness of the Ghanaian culture, which dates back to time immemorial.

We also acknowledge and honor the various spiritual traditions of our Ghanaian partners, and also our own typically American multiple personal spiritual traditions represented in our Ghana Together Board, although as an organization we espouse no particular ideological, political, or theological persuasion or affiliation.

Julie Bishop, a gifted graphic designer and library technician from Mount Vernon, WA designed our logo. Leif Pederson of our own Ghana Together Board used his computer expertise to prepare it for use in many applications.

We are indebted to Jean McDonald who features all things adinkra on her website at www.adinkra.org.