Meaning of Ghana Coat of Arms, History, Picture

The Ghana Coat of Arms

In Ghanaian schools and public institutions, there is a batch which is placed in the public places which is used to identify the facility as a Ghanaian one and also symbolizes traditional authority of Ghana. This emblem is the Ghana Coat of Arms.

In Ghana, only the Government, Ministries, Department and Agencies are authorized to use the Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms is made up of two eagles, a shield and the words “Freedom and Justice“. This is almost always found on national documents.

The Ghana Coat of Arms was designed by Ghanaian artist Amon Kotei and introduced officially on the 4th of March, 1957; just two (2) days before the declaration day of Ghana’s Independence.


Crossed linguist staff and ceremonial sword on a blue background

The first quarter, on the upper left shows a sword used by chiefs, and a staff, used by the linguist (known as an okyeame in Akan), at ceremonies. It is a symbol for the traditional authority of Ghana.

A heraldic castle on a heraldic sea with a light blue background

The second quarter shows a representation of Osu Castle on the sea, the presidential palace on the Gulf of Guinea, symbolizes the national government.

A Cocoa Tree

The third quarter of the shield shows a cacao tree, which embodies the agricultural wealth of Ghana.

A Mine Shaft

The fourth quarter shows a gold mine, which stands for the richness of industrial minerals and natural resources in Ghana.

A Gold Lion

A gold lion centered on a green St George’s Cross with gold fimbriation on the field of blue, represents the continuing link between Ghana and the Commonwealth of Nations.

Black five pointed star rimmed with gold standing on the wreath of red, gold and green colours

The crest is a Black star of Africa with gold outline, upon a torse in the national colours.

Two Eagles, around each of whose neck hangs a black star suspended from a ribbon of Ghana colours – red, gold and green

Supporting the shield are two golden Tawny eagles, with the Order of the Star of Ghana suspended from their necks.

The motto FEEDOM AND JUSTICE is found under the shield

The compartment upon which the supporters stand is composed of a grassy field, under which a scroll bears the national motto of Ghana: Freedom and Justice.

Also, find below the lyrics of the Ghana National Anthem

Ghana National Anthem Lyrics

First Stanza        

God bless our homeland Ghana
And make our nation great and strong,
Bold to defend forever
The cause of Freedom and of Right;
Fill our hearts with true humility,
Make us cherish fearless honesty,
And help us to resist oppressors’ rule
With all our will and might for evermore

Second Stanza

Hail to thy name, O Ghana,
To thee we make our solemn vow:
Steadfast to build together
A nation strong in Unity;
With our gifts of mind and strength of arm,
Whether night or day, in the midst of storm,
In every need, whatever the call may be,
To serve thee, Ghana, now and evermore

Third Stanza

Raise high the flag of Ghana
and one with Africa advance;
Black star of hope and honour
To all who thirst for liberty;
Where the banner of Ghana freely flies,
May the way to freedom truly lie;
Arise, arise, O sons of Ghana land
And under God march on for evermore!