NYAME BIRIBI WO SORO- God is in the Heavens

Nyame Biribi Wo Soro


Nyame Biribi Wo Soro is a Ghanaian adinkra symbol that stems from the Akan, a tribe predominantly located in the southern regions of the country, that translates directly to "God is in the heavens." It is intended to be a symbol of hope, or a form of affirmation for the Akan people, as if to say that since God is in the heavens, he can better hear the cries and prayers of man, and in turn, act on them. Biribi Wo Soro is on the monument here at the African Burial Ground in order to signify that although times might have have been hard for the Africans brought to America through the slave trade, there was still a God watching out for his people. The symbol is in the form of two ovals conjoined in order to form an infinity sign with a diamond located at the point of intersection.

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Last updated: November 10, 2015

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