Meaning behind our chosen luxury Kente fabric

Every Kente cloth comes with its own name which is backed by a rich historical reason. The names are based on the designs of the cloths. For instance, there are Adwinasa, Akyempem and Fathia Fata Nkrumah. We wanted to choose and be represented by beauty, luxury, and gracefulness hence the reason for choosing ‘Fathia Fata Nkrumah’ fabric to use to design our hatboxes.

Fathia Fata Nkrumah is the name couched in reference to the marriage of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President, and Fathia, an Egyptian. Fathia was a gorgeous beauty who exuded gracefulness, elegance and majesty among other traits and the Ghanaian public thought Dr Nkrumah was right to choose her for a wife. Fathia Fata Nkrumah therefore means ‘Fathia is a fitting wife for Nkrumah’. The marriage was considered a special union with Pan-African ideals.

Upon the overthrow of Dr Nkrumah in 1966, the name was subsequently changed to ‘Obaakofo Mmu Man’, which summarises Nkrumah’s political leadership that prompted the military takeover. His opponents said he had become so autocratic that he portrayed himself as a tingod and one without whom the country Ghana could not run.  Obaakofo Mmu Man’ therefore means ‘one person cannot rule a nation’. However, that name could not erase the original one because that specially designed Kente continues to be popularly known and called Fathia, which symbolises honourable marriage, mutual affection, nobility, and elegance.