Kasa kasakoa your words are deep
and steeped with weight.
Concealed within the Adinkra frame
When sight was gone you peered soo bright.
Within Adinkra pride you took me back to days of old
and brought me back with treasures untold.
Not silver or gold but wisdom true and rare.
From ancestral hands and the spirits of the land.
Through torrents of cloudy veils you unwinded my brain.
I now speak up for I know my name, my identity,
my language, my Adinkra they are here to stay…
in kasakoa I speak the language of the Adinkra.
For in this I live and have my being…. (Eunice Delaquis)
Kasakoa comes from two separate Akan words ‘Kasa’ which means to speak and ‘Koa’
which means to bend. In totality, kasakoa literally means bended language. In the old
Akan tradition, wise sayings and proverbial knowledge were never spoken in plain
language but in a series of metaphoric and complex amalgamations of words and idiomatic
expressions. A lot of this wisdom was embedded in series of stylized ideographs which
is known as the Adinkra…A true epiphany of knowledge and wisdom which conveyed
the philosophy of the Ashanti.
Kasakoa therefore is a spiritual and psychological journey to the past which traverses
a series of translucent veils within the deep subconscious mind of the Ghanaian. It seeks
to restore and revive the Adinkra as a writing system within the modernity of postcolonial
Ghana and the world at large. Kasakoa is a journey of remembrance, healing, purging,
continuity and a realization of the need to decolonize the mind so as to accept the rich
cultural heritage of Adinkra and pass it on from generation to generation.