Mako is a shortened form of the Akan proverb “Makonyinaampatummere,” literally “All peppers (presumably on the same tree) do not ripen simultaneously.
This proverb admonishes the greater ones to help the less fortunate with the implicit understanding that fortunes could reverse so that they would also need someone’s help.
As the Akans say, “Mmerɛdane,” literally, “Time changes” so any advantage one may have now may not persist forever.