by waltermurray • Uploaded: Jun. 29 '09
It has become very fashionable in some parts of Africa and the diaspora to cry, Sankofa! Back to our African roots! The Akan Sankofa symbol, the bird looking backwards, is carved into official buildings in Ghana and stamped onto cloth. (Some say the bird is flying forward while looking backward with an egg in its mouth, symbolizing the future.) One can easily find websites and newspaper articles calling for Africa's people to return to their African roots. The idea has been used to demand a return to traditional African names, to encourage African style dress, to bolster the sale of traditional African dishes in restaurants, to cultivate bigger markets for African crafts and cloth.
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