Happy Akoma Day! A Cultural Alternative to Valentine's Day

Nya Akoma!

Nya Akoma (pronounced N yah Ah coma)  is the greeting for Akoma Day also known as Black Love Day, which means get a heart, be patient, return to love. 

Black Love Day was founded by Ms. Ayo Handy-Kendy, affectionately known as Mama Ayo, in 1993. In 2001, Montsho and Nwasha Edu, expanded upon the original tenets and purpose to become an international cultural holiday rooted in African spirituality. Akoma day is an intentional cultural and spiritual alternative to Valentine's Day. The focus of Akoma Day is the intimate relationship and how that relationship creates family, neighborhood, community and nationhoods.

Nya Akoma ! Take Heart during Black Love Day

 

Akoma - The heart 

Akoma - The heart, is an adinkra symbol, that represents love, unity, endurance, patience, tolerance, goodwill and faithfulness.

Akoma is an adinkra symbol which has a literal meaning of "the heart". It represents love, unity, endurance, patience, tolerance, goodwill and faithfulness.

How to participate in Akoma day

This is a time to renew your relationships and unify. A time to reconnect with your higher purpose, higher level of principle, to be mindful of your interconnectedness with all things. 

 

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