UAC Nkanea Symbol, Meaning and Significance

UAC Nkanea Symbol, Meaning and Significance


Literal meaning

UAC lights



A symbol of technological advancement

Several of the symbols in the adinkra cloths record social changes that have been brought about by both external and internal factors. For example, the aban (castle, fortress), kurontire ne akwamu (council of state), ohene tuo (king’s gun), UAC nkanea (UAC lights), benz, television, kookoo dua (cocoa tree), and sedee or serewa (cowrie shell) symbols record specific technological developments and historical events that led to particular changes and factors that influenced the direction of such changes in the Asante (Akan) and Ghanaian society. (Arthur and Rowe, Akan Cultural Symbols Project)