Meaning of African (Igbo) Symbols in Kendrick Lamar’s – All The Stars

06/02/2018 – Kendrick Lamar releases the video to his latest single “All the stars” and it’s riddled with Igbo symbols.

Most Igbo people will instantly be able to recognise the very familiar Igbo red cap (fez). The “red cap” in Igboland is currently a symbol of authority, culture and tradition. Historically, some writers suggest it was introduced by the British during the colonial era, the red cap was given to chief wardens who were put in power during British colonial rule, this was a way to enforce rules since many Igbo clans didn’t have kings.

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Red caps appear at 0:25
Igbo red cap variants


The golden graphical symbols displayed in the background as Kendrick walks through the room are heavily reminiscent of the Igbo/Ekpe Ukara cloth.

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Appears @3:01 in the All the Stars music video starring Kendrick Lamar and Sza.

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Ekpe Ukara Cloth
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Ekpe men wearing Ukara cloth



The Ekpe (leopard) society was a secret society present in southeastern Nigeria and western Cameroon among the Igbo, Efik, Oron and neighbours.  The group also wrote using a pictographic writing script called the Nsibidi.

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Symbols from the Nsibidi script

This is often featured on many Ukara cloth patterns.



The Ekpe society would use ritual propitiation of forest spirits to ensure the well-being of the community and enforce laws.


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COOKOFF: How to make (Awaya Ji) Kasi’ Yam Porridge


The CookOFF series features 2 contestants, each contestant chooses a dish they’re expert in cooking, after preparing the meal the judges give the contestants a mark out of 10 and a winner is announced.

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The 1st episode features Chimkasi’s yam porridge recipe which was given a solid rating of 9/10.


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