Meaning: Mako is a shortened form of the Akan proverb “Mako nyinaa mpatu mmere,” literally “All peppers (presumably on the same tree) do not ripen simultaneously.”
This proverb admonishes the greater ones to help the less fortunate with the implicit understanding that fortunes could reverse so that they would also need someone’s help. As the Akans say, “Mmerɛ dane,” literally, “Time changes” so any advantage one may have now may not persist forever.
“Mako nyinaa mpatu mmere” could also be an exhortation to those behind to strive for advancement and not resign to fate. That someone has attained greatness shows that it is attainable. Yes, some may shoot ahead first but eventually others can catch up—eventually all the peppers will ripen. -- Internet, "adinkrasymbols.org", 2017
- Square: 9-11 inches.
- 100% Wax Cotton Print
- Fabric Appearance May Vary To Print Design
- Handcrafted in Berkeley, CA.
- Internet, "http://www.adinkrasymbols.org", 2017