Fihankra is a symbol of security.
Literal translation: It is made up of two Akan words, Fie (house), and hankra (compound). The word itself therefore means ‘compound or courtyard house
Background: In typical Akan domestic architecture there are usually two or more clusters of houses which open out into a shared open space –the compound/courtyard – and has just one entrance which is also the exit, and considered more secure than separate entrance and exit. Activities in the shared space include cooking, doing the laundry and kids playing. Various forms of family entertainment take place there too.
Message: The symbol reflects security, safety, solidarity and communality enjoyed in the company of family members (usually includes extended family) who live in a compound house.
It stresses the need for security and safety in the family, however large.