A couple years ago, I had artwork done for Little Miss Rebel. I loved her. She was fierce. She was sassy. She was proud of her big fro… but with further thought, I realised she was just too glam for a kid.
So it was time for Little Miss Rebel to have a make-down.
I took away the heavy make-up, gave her some new clothes and decided to show her in different environments to encourage education and self love, as she subtly introduces Adinkra to children.
The icing on the cake, for me, is the beautiful poetry written by Sophiya. Take the time to read, you will be filled with positive self affirmations and a new found love of Afro Hair, Mathematics and Science.
I do intend on introducing more concepts and products for my Little Miss series. All great things happen in time. For now, I have three girls and I will give you a brief breakdown of each.
“When I rock my bold hairstyles with my Afro Hair, nothing compares!
Yes, it takes a lot of care.
Who am I to dare question?
The Texture. The length. The resistance. The strength.
The patience it takes for Kings and Queens to stamp emphasis on their dreams.”
SANKOFA – I love my Afro Hair
Sankofa is an Adinkra symbol which means to “go back and get what is yours”. For centuries, we have been taught that our Afro Hair is ugly and we need to wear weaves or straighten it, to hide the natural beauty of who we are.
This is my creative protest against that backwards mindset and thinking. It’s my intention to change at least one person’s outlook on how they view their Afro Hair.
The Afro Hair design and poetry is to encourage us, particularly children, to embrace and love our hair in its natural state. Let’s undo the brain washing and start to love ourselves as our creator intended, hair included.
Even Figures I mean numbers in Maths.
Know your worth and then add tax.
What’s odd Its something they don’t teach you in class.
Research and self development will divide you from the greater mass.
DUAFE – The Mathematician
I chose Duafe Adinkra Symbol- the Wooden Comb or more commonly know as the Afro Comb – to compliment the Afro Hair theme. If you look carefully, you will see it on the back of The Mathematician’s tee.
In the words of an online article: The Afro Comb is not just an hair accessory but a cultural icon. Estimated to date back 5 to 6 thousands years.
Every African home probably had an Afro Comb at some point. So it has to get a spotlight shone on it. The Adinkra symbolism represents beauty, care, cleanliness, love, patience and good feminine qualities. It recognizes the special energy that women possess.
Science is about what we see.
PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY.
Structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world. Demonstrations to make the theory clear.
LIGHT, SOUND, AIR and all things in the atmosphere.
Gye Nyame – The Scientist
Gye Nyame – The most common meanings are “I fear nothing but God”, “except for God” and even “the Supremacy of God”
My personal interpretation is: No matter how much we learn, understand, experiment, build and destroy – there will always be a force greater than ourselves.
You can get a deeper understand of the Gye Nyame symbol and learn how to pronouce it here: www.AdinkraSymbols.org
I hope now that I have added a little more context to the designs, you will understand what my goals and ambitions are for these magnets.
Children love opening the fridge, so why not make it a learning experience? Teach them Adinkra symbols. Teach them to love education. Teach them to love themselves naturally… and in a fun way.
I am intentionally aligning my products with my mission. I want to encourage creativity, self expression and self love – and being unapologetically who we are. The time is now!
These magnets are available to purchase by clicking the link down below.