Ese Ne Tekrema

The Adinkra emblem of friendship, Ese Ne Tekrema, literally means “the teeth and the tongue.” Adinkra symbols are West African emblems associated with the Asante (Ghana) people of Gayaman’s kingdom. Ese Ne Tekrema is a portrayal of a tongue and teeth in graphical form. The tongue and teeth play distinct but intertwined roles. They coexist inside the mouth and might have disagreements, yet they still work together. In this way, Ese Ne Tekrema represents the tight, mutually supportive, and humbling relationship between two people.

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