There are many symbols in African traditions, a multitude of signs and signals similar to many writings. Wanting to drill a little opacity and lift the veil, Sokey Edorh created its own decryption system during a trip in Mali., from which, moreover, he has built an assembly homogeneous converted later ideograms alphabet capable of multiple remodeling and addition.
Sokey said “My symbols were invented to express the political setbacks and the social economic of Africa today”. For example, a boat full of people represents individuals that have lost hope.
Signs and symbols used by Sokey Edorh are an invention of his own signs and a mixture of symbolic designs drawn from a large pool that goes from Togo to Mali through Benin and Burkina Faso. To create his own alphabet, he was inspired by the writing of the Dogon ethnic group, and uses the symbols and signs of different African writings like Bete writing from the Ivory Coast.
Dogon symbols are used to honour and glorify their God for a good harvest after a rainy season.
By mixing all the signs and symbols from these different tribes Sokey Edorh talks about life, the causes he supports and above all his passion for art. He also represents the tradition and African culture through his work and uses the alphabet to express his feelings and thoughts.
His works are not only beautiful and widely popularised but they tell stories and expose the realities of our world as something that only he can understand and explain.
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