Symbol of the importance of learning from the past

 

Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana.The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”

Essentially every experience in life should leave you wiser than it met you and even if it was a bad experience, you would have learnt not how to go about it.

The Sankofa symbol is portrayed visually and symbolically using two images which are an Adinkra symbol shown as a mythical bird that has its head turned back, a valuable egg (the future) within its mouth and its legs firmly facing forward as it flies and a stylized heart.

Each of these symbols serves to show the relevance of lessons learned in the past and how these lessons are useful for future achievements and developments.