Sankofa Duafe Gye Nyame.
A couple years ago, I had artwork done for Little Miss Rebel. I loved her. She was fierce and 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?
My Texture. The length. My 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 pronounce it here: www.AdinkraSymbols.org
Sankofa Duafe Gye Nyame Fridge Magnets.
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.
Little Miss Rebel Jewellery and Clothing for children by Rebel Jewel.
Stylish products for kids.
Indeed, I have unique designs, vibrant colours in my clothing for children range.
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”
Rebel Jewel’s Little Miss Rebel Children Clothing encourages your child to embrace their Afro hair, make a statement and express themselves unapologetically.
Hey you and thank you for stopping by. My name is Rochelle and welcome to my website and blog. RebelJewel.com
Who am I and what am I about?
Proud Jamaican-British-African (It’s a thing). Born in Jamaican, raised in the UK and I am of African heritage.
Afro hair warrior. Our natural hair is beautiful and I will promote it and all glory as much as I can, wherever I can.
African empowerment. Do I need to explain this one? Study your history.
Challenging the status quo. Firstly, I don’t like being put into boxes unless I put myself in there. I mean we all have to “fit in” somewhere right?…and secondly, I certainly don’t like being told who I should or should not be and how I should or not be being. It makes sense to me.
Expressing my individuality as much as any person can. It goes without saying. I am me. Not you! For this reason, I will no longer water down myself in fear that I will not be accepted by family, friends etc.
Handmade enthusiast. Handcrafted is love. Love is all we need – so they say!
In addition, I am learning and re-learning. Then, somewhere in between, I am teaching.
While, at the same time, making a statement. With my earrings, fashion, style and my beautiful spirit.
Women’s rights- call me a feminist if you want to, it does not offend me. I am a woman and I stand by us.