Abusua Pa means “Good Family”. It is the symbol of the family unit. Typically in Akan culture, Abusua is the name in Akan culture for a group of people that share common maternal ancestry.
The Abusua line is considered to be passed through the mother’s blood. It is a taboo to marry someone from the same Abusua.
We will use the 5-pixel grid to trace out this image. The image of this is shown below:
Analysing the Symbol
The symbol is a composite symbol made up of a hollowed out square. The inner part of the square consists of four sections which are lined like a window pane.
The outer part of the square intersects with 4 semi-circles. The widths of all the component shapes are the same.
The Plan to Draw the Symbol
To draw this symbol, the first task is to increase the pensize to 40 pixels. Next we move the turtle to the position (-100, 100).
We find the distance between (-100, 100) to (100, -100) and use the drawSquare function to draw the outer square.
Next we move to the position (-100, 0) and draw the horizontal centre line. We then move to the position (0, -100) and draw the vertical centre line.
Once we have completed the outer square and its centre lines, we draw the external semi-circles.
Finally, we reduce the pensize to 5 and draw the inner sections of the symbol.
Algorithm to Draw the Symbol
The algorithm to draw the Abusua Pa symbol is shown below:
Lift up the pen
Set the pensize to 40 pixels
Set the position of the pen to the location (-100, 100)
Place the pen down
Find the length of the side of the outer square
Draw the outer square
Draw the inner centre lines
Draw the outer semi-circles
Reduce the pensize to 5
Draw the inner squares
Using Turtle Graphics
We will use the template.py file and rename it to abusuapa.py.
We then draw a square using the drawSquare function.
The generated image is shown below:
I realize that since we are using the drawSquare function, we no longer need the setposition code. We can comment it out.
To draw the center lines, we have to move the turtle to the left-hand side and move forward by the length of the side. Next, we move the turtle to the bottom, set its heading to 90 degrees and move up by the length of the side. The code to do this is shown below:
To draw the outer circle we will start with the top and move clockwise. To draw the upper circle, we need to move the turtle to the position (50, 120). Then we draw the semi-circle. The code to do this is shown below:
Completing this shape is easy. All we have to do is draw the lines that are within the squares. To do this we must reduce the pensize to 5 and set the orientation of the turtle appropriately to draw the lines.
The above statement is my feeling towards the entity called Nigeria. While being assaulted on every side, our leaders dilly dally on trivia.
The news from the country is melancholic as usual. Sometimes, I wonder why I even bother.
30 Dead Including Pregnant Woman and Baby in Nigeria Militant Attack
Last week, 30 people were killed in a terrorist attack. The headline says militant to cushion the effect but the attackers were terrorists.
The military in Borno state is not to blame. Were I a commanding officer in the Nigerian army, I would not be able to order my men to fight.
The attack happened the same day 1,400 repentant Boko Haram suspects were released.
Against that backdrop were I a commanding officer, I would order my men to stand down once it was 5 pm.
Northern Nigeria Accounts for 87 Percent of all the Poor People in Nigeria – World Bank
This headline comes despite all the years the South has spent carrying the North.
Despite all the years of quotas and special privileges, the North acts like an anchor dragging the rest of the country down to the abyss.
When those of us from the South express our opinions, we are shouted down.
Well, the truth doesn’t lie.
AU 2020 Summit
The AU 2020 Summit held this week. What is really tragic is the absence of African only spaces where we Africans can talk to ourselves without Asians or Europeans in attendance.
The only interesting thing was the admission by the United Nations that African nations are being sidelined on the Libya issue.
Bishop Kukah: Our Hypocrisy and Duplicity Have Caught up With Us
Bishop Kukah was speaking at the funeral of an 18-year-old Reverend Father in Training.
Residents Boo Buhari Boko Haram attacks Borno Capital
So the President returned from Ethiopia to visit the community where 30 people were killed.
On his way, he was booed. That same day, the capital was attacked. That tells you all you need to know about what the terrorists think about us.
International Flights to Lagos Divert to Ghana Due to Poor Equipment
As proof that bad governance will kill everyone, those Nigerians rich enough to afford flight tickets found out that they could not land in Ghana because the ILS (Instrument Landing System) at the Muritala Muhammed Airport was bad.
As a result, some airlines diverted their flights to Ghana. Proof that we must fix our nation or if we plan to go on exile never return.
Thus ends the sixth week of the year in one of the most dangerous countries in the world.