3'x5' Economy Polyester African Nova Scotia Flag
Red -blood, sacrifice
Gold -cultural richness
Green -fertility, growth
Black -the people
The Symbol: Sankofa (Akan language of Ghana) - “reach back and get it”
san - to return
ko - to go
fa - to fetch, to seek and take
Sankofa is one of many ancient Adinkra symbols conceived in West Africa. It is represented by a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back or a stylized heart. Sankofa is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa yenkyi,” which translate as: “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.
This stylized Sankofa symbol created by African Nova Scotian artist Wendie L. Wilson incorporates a wave in the bottom centre which has a dual meaning; it represents the ocean and movement and also honours our ancestors journey through the middle passage. On the left is half of a stylized heart (a version of the Sankofa symbol) with a yin and yang like symbol embedded to represent heartbreak balanced with forgiveness. The image is encompassed with an incomplete circle representing those things absent, but yet to come.
25% of the African Nova Scotia flag sales are donated to the Africentric Learning Institute.