Ever wondered what all those symbols on our bars are? The cocoa farmers in Ghana, who grow the Fairtrade cocoa beans that make Divine chocolate so delicious, are proud of their Ghanaian roots and these symbols are a very important part of their history and culture.

Our special infographic will help you translate the symbols on your next bar!

Adinkra Infographic

Adinkra are symbols created in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa. They are used in decoration at special occasions and each holds a special meaning, conveying traditional wisdom and values.

Lesson plan on adinkra symbols

The Akan people of West Africa originally created Adinkra symbols hundreds of years ago, which changed over time and were developed by the Asante people of Ghana.These symbols were used as a way to communicate and in a pre-literate society; they were the equivalent of words and significant texts that shared complex beliefs and meanings. Some of the meanings come from traditional stories and sayings; others are more of a statement, like a badge, with the person wearing the symbol showing everyone something about their character, for example I am ‘brave’ or ‘humble’.

Anthony Boakye prints an adinkra cloth with a calabash stamp in Ntonso, Ghana.
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Even today, the adinkra symbols are carved, woven and printed on traditional craft and fabrics in Ghana.They were originally used by village chiefs for important celebrations and events like weddings and funerals, but now they have become part of everyday items such as t-shirts and jewelry…and Fairtrade Divine chocolate bars!