Bangura Bags is named after Alfred “Big Boss” Bangura who has a lifelong attachment to the local area in Masanga, Sierra Leone. Even before the civil war, he was managing a tailor shop at the exact same location. It is most important for Alfred Bangura to make sure that the Tailor Shop is run with pride and willpower which is why the Bangura Bags are named after him.
Bangura Bags logo is a swahili symbol called Sankofa which to us means "to learn from the past and create something new". Bangura’s starting point is the African culture. There is no assembly line logic, but an understanding that you are personally responsible for what you are doing. We want to show that on our products and that is why you can see who has created each and every bag by looking inside where you find a personal tailor nametag.
Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates as "Go back and get it" (san - to return; ko - to go; fa - to fetch, to seek and take) and also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol represented either by a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back, or as a stylised heart shape. Sankofa is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates as: "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten."
The sankofa symbol appears frequently in traditional Akan art, and has also been adopted as an important symbol in an African-American and African Diaspora context to represent the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future. It is one of the most widely dispersed adinkra symbols, appearing in modern jewellery, tattoos, and clothing.