The Sanneh Institute

Our Logo

Our logo is Siamese crocodiles joined at the stomach, a Ghanaian adinkra symbol known in the Twi language as Funtunfunefu Denkyemfunefu. The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. The symbol represents the two dominant religious traditions in Africa; Islam and Christianity, the potential for conflict and the power of collaboration between the two faith communities for the common good of African society. These powerful reptiles also stand for the power and influence of religion in Africa, its potential for good, and for evil in the event of conflict. The main import of the logo is a call for constructive engagement and collaboration between different faith communities for the common good. This is crucial in Africa where many families, ethnic groups, regions and nations are interfaith in their make-up.

Our Values

We are committed to:

  • Engaging with our religious traditions
  • Curiousity about and openness to the religious and non-religious other
  • Critical, inter-disciplinary inquiry
  • Academic excellence
  • Collaborative endeavor


our roots are deep, as is our love of neighbor