'FOUNDATION OF ÀNÍKÉ

The entire concept of Àníké, is modeled after her founder's understanding of the Self—Self Awareness—and how we communicate “who we are”—Self Expression—relative to our culture. 

The name Àníké (in the Yorùbá  language), is an abbreviation of the Oríkì (Ancestral Name and accompanying praise poetry which narrates unique personality traits) of the organization's founder and literally means:

"We (each individual) have the innate ability required to nurture the Self"

Animal Symbolism : Rams (Àgbò) are known to be resilient, self-willed, confident, headstrong, slow to anger...and a symbol of leadership, initiative and determination. " Rams  are refuted not to fight often, but when they do, they engage the enemy fiercely...therefore,  they symbolize the restraint necessary in a good ruler, as well as aggression and perseverance..." 

Animal Symbolism: Rams (Àgbò) are known to be resilient, self-willed, confident, headstrong, slow to anger...and a symbol of leadership, initiative and determination. "Rams are refuted not to fight often, but when they do, they engage the enemy fiercely...therefore, they symbolize the restraint necessary in a good ruler, as well as aggression and perseverance..." 

ORÍKÌ: Àníké-Àgbo

(Àníké, with the personality of the Àgbò/Ram)

Àníké Àgbò
Àníké Agbo
Àgbò ti o nfi orí ti òpó
Òpó M’Oja A ‘Lekàn
Òpómúléró M’Oja A ‘Lekàn
Òpó Ró Aso, Òpó Gbàjá
Òpó Kan Dudu, Keke Ta Didun
Aso Ni Èdìdì Omo Ènìyàn
Bi Ko Ba Si Aso; Bi Ko Ba Si Èjìgbàrà Ìlèkè
Iniruuru Ìdí L’Aoba Maa Ri
Omo Elomiran Ìbá Bo Ara Sile A Jo Àayà
Imiran Ko Ba Bo Ara Sílè A Jo Òbo
Èmi, Èmí, Èmími
Àníké Àníké Àníké-Àgbò
— Elders

THE NAME  "  ÀNÍKÉ  "

"ÀNÍKÉ" 

[Pronunciation: /ah.knee.ke] 

 [Abbreviation of: Àníké - Èmí - Àgbò]

The name Àníké (in the Yorùbá  language), is the Oríkì (Ancestral Name) of the organization's founder and literally means:

"We (each individual) have the innate ability required to nurture the Self"

Àníké 

Àníké-èmi

Aní +  ìké + èmí

S/he who has +  innate ability required to nurture +  breath of Life/life-giving essence/Self

 

As the literal translation of Àníké implies, we are often reminded that everything needed to succeed can be found within our authentic self.

In many ancient cultures and indigenous societies, our ethnic practices exist to constantly remind us or emphasize “who we are.” The Yorùbá  people of Southwest Nigeria are no exception and their Spirituality/Way of life, lays the foundation for their belief that "the knowledge required to fulfill each individual’s chosen mission on earth is inherent."

Àníké - Èmí - Àgbò

Aní +  ìké + èmí  +  Àgbò

 Àgbò, the Ram: In Yoruba culture, animal metaphors—characteristics of the animal—are used to describe the person. The Ram is the organization's Logo: a symbol of "Resilience in women" and their relentless determination to forge ahead in spite of challenges encountered.

'AFRICAN DRUM"

"AFRICAN DRUM" 


"My ancestral name implies an ancestral Spirit;

My African spirit insists on its boom;

For every wave owes a ripple it's existence;

And my drum keeps up with me;

Wherever the road bides me."

(Kunle Bolarinwa)