Our appreciation for the enduring cultural iconography of Africa inspired us to produce a line of heirloom-quality jewellery which draws from the cultural significance of the Ghanaian Adinkra and other key symbols. Our name 'Innokofa' is a blend of 'innovation' with Sankofa - the Ghanaian Adinkra symbol which teaches us the wisdom of learning from the past, to build for the future.
We showcase a number of Ghanaian Adinkra symbols, which, beyond their aesthetic value, communicate proverbs and parables from West African traditions.
We also feature Ancient Egyptian symbols, specifically the Ankh and the Eye of Horus. Alongside these, we offer various contemporary designs.
Additional symbols can be included upon request. We are also able to cater for bespoke creations.
Our jewellery is primarily cast in solid gold featuring 18 karat yellow, 14 karat yellow, rose and white gold and platinum. We also produce pieces in premium silver. On special request a limited selection of our designs can be produced with non-precious metals. Please contact us regarding your choices from our extensive collection at Innokofa@gmail.com
The designer brings over two decades of experience in 3D printing and digital sculpting to facilitate the production of the jewellery collection which populates these pages. Our designs are original in their conception. We hope these unique pieces can serve as heirlooms to pass down over generations.
Professor Glenn Lewis is an industrial and product designer by profession. He has industry experience as a product designer in various world-class design environments including Herman Miller and Texas Instruments.
His links with Ghana result from his initial visit in 1995 as part of a visiting US academic group that was seeking to work with academic and cultural institutions.
The Adinkra symbols captured Glenn’s imagination from his very first visit to Ghana. Glenn forged and maintained strong links with an association of Ghanaian artisans, Aid to Artisans Ghana (ATAG), over a number of years, engaging in numerous projects with ATAG including:
the creation of a pre-visualization digital design system for kente weavers
the digital production of the Adinkra symbol font, which was given to schools, technical institutes and universities throughout the country.
Professor Lewis was the first to introduce 3D Printing in sub-Saharan Africa with the installation of the Solidscape T-66 high precision printer in the ATAG Media Lab as part of a project funded by USAID and Ford Foundation.
This initiative allowed ATAG to establish a series of 3D digital product modeling, jewellery modeling and 3D printing courses to provide technical assistance in production capacity to artisans, producers and exporters.
Glenn’s pioneering and innovative role contribution to Ghanaian artisans has been variously recognised by ATAG and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Glenn also lived and worked in Ghana for 4 years when he gained deeper insight into value and use of the cultural iconography.
“I created the Innokofa range of jewellery to celebrate the cultural significance of African symbolism and embellish the pieces with elegant design and sculptural cutting edge technology.”
Our hope is that people of African descent can recognise and identify with the enduring value of our heritage pieces and can find something to cherish themselves or invest in for future generations.