In the Akan (ah-kahn') language of Ghana and Ivory Coast, West Afuraka/Afuraitkait (Africa) the concept of SANKOFA (sahng-kaw-fah') is multi-faceted. The term san means to 'return', the term ko means 'go' and the term fa means 'to grasp'. Sankofa is thus an admonition to 'return, go and grasp'. The ebe (proverb) associated with this term is often repeated:
Se wo were fi, na wo sankofa, yenkyi
If you forget and you return, go and grasp (from your Ancestral past) it is not taboo/hated
is a symbol which reminds us that it is in our Ancestral past, within our Ancestral cultural heritage, that the tools can be found which are necessary for us to be successful in the present and the future. Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African~Black) people are the most ancient people on Earth. We are therefore the most mature people on Earth, for we have inherited the accumulated wisdom of over 1,000,000 generations of knowledge and Earthly experience. We are the people who created civilization
which is defined in our Ancestral culture as - a social order rooted in the Divine Order of Creation.
Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut (Africans~Black People) therefore have the keys to establish order in our lives and restore order and balance to our lives when things become disordered and imbalanced. There is no problem that we have not yet solved and no innovation which is beyond our creative capacity.
The image of Sankofa
is that of a bird flying forward yet it looks behind itself at the same time. This symbolism speaks to the wisdom in looking to your past as you advance (fly) through the life-cycle, that you may function in a manner which is in harmony with Divine Order. It carries the implication that maturity (advancing through the life-cycle) comes with critical reflection (looking back)----the process through which you avoid unnecessary complication of your existence by repeating the same mistakes.
Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut (Africans) engaged in adwuma (work). Shipbuilding in Ancient Kamit (Egypt)
Tomb of Ti in Sakkara - 4,500 years ago
(ah-joo'-mah) means 'work'
. Just as the heart works unceasingly to regulate order in the body, so must Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut (Africans~Black People) work unceasingly to regulate Order in every aspect of our lives. All Black People, wherever we exist in the world, are Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut (Africans). In our ancient language, Afuraka/Afuraitkait (ah'-foo-rah-kah/ah'-foo-rah-ette'-kah'-ette)
is the male/female designation of the Land of the Creator/Creatress
, the Divine Land
, the Original Land
. The english term 'Africa'
is a corruption of Afuraka
. Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut (Africans) as a designation for Black People
thus references us as Children of the Creator/Creatress and the Original land
. As those Who established civilization in the beginning, we have an Ancestral mandate to re-establish civilization, Order, in our individual lives and within the Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African) collective. This is only possible through the process of Sankofa
, particularly for those of us who experienced the dislocation from Afuraka/Afuraitkait (Africa) during the Mmusu Kese (Great Perversity/enslavement era)
. We must return, go and grasp
from our Ancestral past in order to empower ourselves to work
and overcome all obstacles in the present.
The Work of Restoration
SANKOFADWUMA maintains an Nhoma (publications) division and an Adekyere (trainings/instruction) division.
Our nhoma, publications, are designed to inform Afurakanu/Afuraitkaitnut (Africans~Black people) about our multi-faceted Ancestral culture, our trustory (true-story/history) spanning thousands of years, our uniqueness as an Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African~Black) collective in the world and our capacity to utilize our great reservoir of inherited knowledge and experience to enhance every aspect of our lives - physically, spiritually (including emotionally, mentally and psychologically), socially, economically, politically and culturally.
We offer adekyere, trainings/instruction, for Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African~Black): human services professionals and behavioral health professionals inclusive of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers, case managers, community support workers as well as independent contractors, educators, homeschoolers, parents, school teachers, professors, independent schools, charter schools, cultural organizations, cultural associations, cultural programs and more. Our adekyere are based on our nhoma, our publications, and are designed to assist in enhanced outcomes for our Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African~Black) consumers, clients, students, members, parents, youth, individuals, etc. Our adekyere are also designed to assist Afurakani/Afuraitkaitnit (African~Black) independent contractors and contracting agencies with strategies to increase revenue in the context of enhancing outcomes through the effective utilization of the Cultural/Spiritual domain in Individual Treatment Plans. For details about our adekyere (trainings) and our nhoma (publications) please click on the images below: