Akoma ntoso is a Ghanaian adinkra symbol, literally translating "linked hearts." Metaphorically, akoma ntoso embodies understanding and agreement, as well as harmony within communities. The physical symbol depicts four hearts linked together, emphasizing mutual sympathy and immortality of the soul. Additionally, akoma ntoso promotes unity among families and communities. The importance of these concepts is demonstrated in the African Burial Ground, where different people from different cultures are brought together by shared affections, memories of lost ones, and African culture.
Last updated: November 9, 2015