Symbol of Wisdom, Knowledge, and the People's Heritage
From the aphorism: Se wo were fi na wosan kofa a, yenkyi.
Literal translation: There is nothing wrong with learning from hindsight.
The word SANKOFA is derived from the words SAN (return), KO (go), FA (look, seek and take). This symbolizes the Akan's quest for knowledge with the implication that the quest is based on critical examination, and intelligent and patient investigation.
The symbol is based on a mythical bird that flies forwards with its head turned backwards. This reflects the Akan belief that the past serves as a guide for planning the future, or the wisdom in learning from the past in building the future.
(if I ever blog, this will be my logo)