Our mission is to promote renewal, growth and overall well-being through culturally inspired jewelry and accessories.  Akilah Itan designs fashion-forward jewelry and accessories that inspire positive change.

Our Symbols:

DWENNIMMEN

“ram’s horns”

symbol of humility together with strength

The ram will fight fiercely against an adversary, but it also submits humbly to slaughter, emphasizing that even the strong need to be humble.

NYANSAPO

“wisdom knot”

symbol of wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence and patience

An especially revered symbol of the Akan, this symbol conveys the idea that “a wise person has the capacity to choose the best meeans to attain a goal. Being wise implies broad knowledge, learning and experience, and the ability to apply such faculties to practical ends.”

NSAA

a type of hand-woven fabric

symbol of excellence, genuineness, authenticity

According to “The Adinkra Dictionary” by W. Bruce Willis, the nsaa symbols reflects a saying: “nea onnim nsaa oto n’ago”, which he translates as “He who does not know authentic Nsaa will buy the fakes.”

The quality of Nsaa has come to represent quality of workmanship in general.

NEA ONNIM NO SUA A, OHU

“He who does not know can know from learning”

symbol of knowledge, life-long education and continued quest for knowledge

ANANSE NTONTAN

“spider’s web”

symbol of wisdom, creativity and the complexities of life

Ananse, the spider, is a well-known character in African folktales.