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AfrOakland Legacy Wall

I've been slowly chipping away at this wall for over a month in between all my other projects and responsibilities and I'm excited to see it completed. This wall has an immense significance to my personal being so it seemed fitting to finally get down with it. I've been inspired by the work Aerosoul has been doing so I put my bits of twists on the piece as a whole.


I put focus on three adinkra symbols that focus on community and duality, because without my community I wouldn't be who or where I am, truth be told. From left to right, the first being NKONSONKONSON meaning "chain link" which is a symbol of unity and human relations, the second being BOA ME NA ME MMOA WO meaning "Help me and let me help you" which is a symbol of cooperation and interdependence and the third being WO NSA DA MU A meaning "If your hands are in the dish" which is a symbol of participatory government, democracy and pluralism.


The African proverb "From each according to ability; to each according to need" is another reference to the importance of what it means to be a good member of a community. What one can provide should be to the extent that one does not compromise their own existence; while the one who needs receives no more than what is necessary for their own existence. As the oscillating wave of life gradually minimizes, each member keeps those guidelines intact to further refine the foundation.


I'm honored to have a legacy wall in West Oakland that will ultimately pave the way for bigger and better projects in the future.



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