3'x5' Economy Polyester African Nova Scotia Flag

The Colours:

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. 


African Nova Scotia Flag