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Fihankra: African Games medals stand out with a unique touch of the Adinkra symbol

In recent weeks, athletes participating in the continent’s premier sports event have received medals that can only be described as unique.

As its well known, in major sporting events like the Olympics or the World Cup, medals typically feature a circular design with engraved inscriptions or logos relevant to the competition.

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As with all medals, the logo of the 13th African Games, Accra 2023, is on one side and the other side with “Experience the African Dream.”

It has been revealed that the emblem embossed on the medals is an Adinkra symbol known as ‘Fihankra’.

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Fihankra holds significance in the Akan culture and represents an enclosed and secure compound house, particularly in the Ghanaian context.

This symbolises a place where movement is controlled, with only one entrance and exit, ensuring that the activities within the compound are visible to all. It also signifies unity within the family.

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As the 2023 All African Games concluded, hundreds of athletes returned to their respective countries carrying a piece of Ghanaian tradition as they excelled in their respective disciplines.

The Games commenced on March 8 and officially concluded on March 23, 2024.

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