Pillar 3 Adinkra – intercultural communication game

Adinkra is a contemplative game which is both challenging and fun

Adinkra game cards and box

The game Adinkra increases your insight into the ethos and oral wisdom expressed by the symbols and proverbs of the cultural Akan group in Ghana, West Africa.

‘Adinkra’ refers to the symbolic language of the Akan, which one can find on cloth, royal emblems, gold weights, buildings, jewellery and regalia.

  • Play Adinkra and get to know each other better on a deeper level.
  • Get introduced to a high context culture and exercise with an indirect form of communication.
  • Central are the symbols and proverbs of the Akan in Ghana
  • Which proverbs and symbols match with one another?
  • Enhance insight in your cultural thought patterns by learning about African traditional pearls of wisdom, philosophy and ethos.

Enjoy the game and learn from the wisdom of the Akan!

Printed Adinkra textile[*]

The Asante are used to wear cloth decorated with Adinkra-symbols at important meetings, such as funerals of family and friends.
This way, they say goodbye to the deceased.


The Akan are an umbrella cultural group in West Africa (Ghana, Togo and Côte d’Ivoire). The Asante people in Ghana are the largest Akan group. The Asantes are known for their strong visual proverbial way of communication.
They have a high context culture, which means that they communicate indirectly. The spokesman (okyeame) of the traditional authorities (the Asante chiefs and queen mothers) use Akan proverbs and Adinkra symbols to convey the messages of these royals to the living.

Adinkra symbols

The okyeame can, for instance, make use of a staff with the Adinkra symbol nkabon (which in Twi, the Akan language, means ‘collaboration’) to convey the message that the chief will approve the plans of his subjects.

Classical Adinkra symbol – funtumfunafu-denkyemfunafu
Modern Adinkra symbol – nkabom

The concomitant proverb to this Adinkra symbol is nea ɔforo dua pa na yεpia no, which symbolically means that who is morally on the right path, or in other words climbs the right tree, will receive the help of others .

Playing the game Adinkra makes one familiar with the Akan people’s high context culture, their African ethics and indigenous wisdom.

The aim of the game is not to win but to establish intercultural communication and to enhance players’ understanding of their own and the Akan people’s cultural background.

The main questions to be answered by the Adinkra game players are:

  • Do you think like an Akan-group or do you think differently?
  • If so, how and why does your interpretation differ from the proverbs and symbols of the Akan?

Practical information

Adinkra is suitable for groups and teams for an indirect form of communication exercise and introduction to traditional African wisdoms—particularly the symbols and proverbs of the Akan in Ghana.

  • ISBN: 9789492127068
  • Adinkra – intercultural communication game
  • Trilingual: English, Dutch and partly Akan
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Number of participants: 2-20 players
  • A game for young and old!
  • Suitable for a family reunion, associations, clubs, a cultural team outing, team training intercultural differences; guest lectures to students, teachers and other professionals, administrators and managers of international businesses.
  • For sale at our Wisdom Shop as well as at
    the bookstore Pezzi-Pazzi Slijkstraat 46, 1381 BA Weesp in Weesp, tel.: 0294-769007;
    the game shop Subcultures, Oudegracht 183, 3511 NE Utrecht, tel.: 030-7371007; 06-87918571.

Game content

Adinkra first official copy, December 11th 2019

One Adinkra box contains

  • 1 Play Guide (40 pages)
  • 8 cards with content, introduction, rules and colophon
  • 20 Round-1 cards, with classic Adinkra symbols (colour)
  • 4 Round-2 booklets with 20 fill-in sheets
  • 20 Round-2 cards, with modern Adinkra symbols (black and white)


For individuals

1 game box
1 game box including the masterclass per person
Prices do not include shipping costs

 € 45,-
€ 145,-

For freelancers and schools, foundations, NGOs and the like

1 game box
1 game box including the masterclass per person
Prices are exclusive of VAT and shipping costs

€ 75,-
€ 195,-

For profit organizations, business registration

1 game box
1 game box including the masterclass per person
Prices are exclusive of VAT and shipping costs

€ 125,-
€ 250,-

There are Adinkra workshops and masterclasses on-line!!!

Together with your team, family or other network you first follow an introduction by Louise Müller – expert in the field of African and intercultural philosophy – about backgrounds to the Adinkra game, the Asante culture and philosophy from Ghana.
Then you play Adinkra online with each other.
You can see how this intercultural communication game can also work digitally powerful and enhances connectivity in your own network!

A few impressions of participants:
“Great to experience this and see what is possible digitally.”
“Fun and creative initiative. Also beautiful things arise to keep in touch with each other. ”
“It is great that we are not bothered by the corona virus and that we still meet in this way.”
“Very inspiring and surprisingly fun !!!”

Louise Müller about the game:

“The Adinkra game with imaginative proverbs and powerful symbols from the Ghanaian culture allows people to experience the wisdom of the Akan philosophy in a playful way.”

Please, inquire about the possibilities:

Workshops, guest lessons and masterclasses, also on location

For team building, company outings, masterclasses cultural diversity, intercultural communication based on Adinkra.

Louise F. Müller gives workshops, guest lessons and master-classes also on location and tailored to the purpose of the meeting and the target group.

Such as an association, a club of friends, a family reunion, a cultural team outing, team training intercultural differences; guest lessons for students, teachers and other professionals, administrators and managers, who take inclusion and diversity to heart and want to further develop their cultural communicative skills.

More information and order

Ask for the possibilities and mail to:

The Adinkra team members

Author game description and concept development:
Dr. Louise F. Müller m.m.v. Dr. Heidi S.C.A. Muijen

Editing and graphic design:
Ir. Joke M. Koppius-Odink

The development, design and production of “Adinkra” came about thanks in part to:
Peace Amate (modern Adinkra symbols), Peggy Appiah, Dr. Kofi Dorvlo, Greg Suffanti, Engr. Richard Okine

  • The Asante proverbs come from the book “Bu Me B” by the British children’s book writer Peggy Appiah (1921-2006). Peggy lived most of her life in Kumasi, where she collected thousands of Asante proverbs.She was the wife of the Ghanaian politician Joe Appiah and the mother of the renowned Ghanaian-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah.
  • The modern Adinkra symbols were collected by the Ghanaian Peace Amate, who wrote her Master’s thesis on these symbols. See: Amate, Peace. 2011. Visual representation of selected Akan proverbs in Ghana: Their philosophical and socio-cultural values. MA-thesis. Department of General Art Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

[*] Source: Poirier, L., et al. (2014). Ghana Adinkra Symbols. Adinkra Symbols. Math is a Verb: Activities and Lessons from Cultures Around the World. L. Poirier, R. Eglash and B. Babbitt. Reston VA, National Council Teachers of Mathematics Publishers: 61-74., p. 62.