Adinkra a strangEr dancEs; hE doEs not sing. English A stranger dances; he does not sing.
Bird and Feathers
Adinkra if you want somEonE morE knowlEdgEable than yoursElf to idEntify a bird you do not first rEmovE thE fEathErs. English If you want someone more knowledgeable than yourself to identify a bird you do not first remove the feathers.
Adinkra nEa cwc aka no pen no suro sonsono. Akan Nea owo aka no pen no suro sonsono. English He/She who has been bitten by a snake will be afraid of a worm.
Fire and Gunpowder
Adinkra firE and gunpowdEr do not slEEp togEthEr. English Fire and gunpowder do not sleep together.
Adinkra aboa bi beka wo a na ofiri wo ntoma mu. Akan aboa bi beka wo a na ofiri wo ntoma mu. English If you get bitten by an animal it will be from your own clothing.
Adinkra abcfra bc nwa na cmmc aQECQECdECe – ghana mmEbusem. Akan Abofra bo nwa na ommo akyekyedee – Ghana Mmebusem. English A child breaks the shell of a snail and not that of a tortoise – Ghanaian proverb.