The gye nyame symbol is one of the most widely used Adinkra symbols in Ghana. It means “except for God”, and signifies the all-knowing, omnipotent presence of the Supreme Being. Used primarily in decorations, clothing, and artwork, the symbol is a reflection of the religious character of the Ghanaian people.

This unique and beautiful symbol is ubiquitous in Ghana, and expresses the deep faith that the Akan people have in God. Gye Nyame has become an icon of all Adinkra symbols, encapsulating the faith of African people who see God’s involvement in every aspect of human life.

The expression “Gye Nyame” is used in many ways. For example, it signals the necessity of God’s intervention in a difficult situation which transcends the ability of man to resolve it. 

I purchased the fabric used for my poncho top years ago during my first trip to Ghana. It brought me so much joy to incorporate it into this very special shoot, at a point in my life when its meaning resonates so deeply.