Visual symbols created by the akan tribe of Ghana represent a traditional concept of thought and ideologies. Usually carved into wood, or woven fabric, in pottery and printed logos. The adinkra symbols are widely used in akan culture to emotions, tradition and affluence.
Famous amongst the adinkra symbols is the gye nyame symbol, transliterated as “only God”, it refers to the supremacy of Nyame, God, as captured in the akan culture. The notion of Nyame as a supreme being in akan culture goes beyond the notion of a being that is above other beings, it refers to the the ultimacy of God, or the complete fulfillment of God, “with him you become content”. A one being that defines all existence and contentment of mankind and the universe.
Gye nyame thus refers to the completeness of God in all things, a more complete meaning thus speaks of the absoluteness of the supreme being; “only he can”.