The Gye Nyame Symbol – A Piece of African History

The gye nyame symbol is probably the best known adinkra symbol from Ghana. It means “except for God” and signifies the all-knowing power of God. It is used in decorations, clothing, and artwork. It is a reflection of the religious character of the Ghanaian people.

If you look closely at the symbol you can see that it shows a person inside of a hand. It is a picture of how we are held in the hand of God.

Another translation of the gye nyame symbol is this: This great panorama of creation dates back to time immemorial; no one lives who saw its beginning and no one will live to see its end, EXCEPT GOD.