The general design of the coat of arms of bishops consists of a cross, a crest, and a hat with a connecting rope that has six tassels on either side of the crest. Then, the specifics of a particular bishop’s coat of arms are his motto as well as the divisions of his crest and the symbols therein.
EMBLEM OF THE WIAWSO STATE
In the Upper Left Half of the Crest is the symbol of Wiawso State. It is a Keg of Gun Powder sitting on a Stool with two Guns leaning against it and two Swords (Akrafena) on top of the keg. The Stool stands for Royalty. The two Guns represent the protection and security of the Wiawso State. The Powder Keg, a barrel of gunpowder sitting on the Stool stands for the State of Wiawso’s readiness to defend its Territorial Integrity. The two swords on top of the Keg represent the Dignifying Royal Power of the Wiawso State.
THE DOG WITH THE FIRE IN THE MOUTH
In the Upper Right Half of the Crest is the image of a dog with fire in the mouth standing on a stool. The Dog with the fire in the mouth is the Totem of the Aduana Clan to which Most Rev. Samuel Nkuah-Boateng belongs. The Stool with crossed swords represents Royalty, Custom, and tradition. It is a sign of Royal Authority. The entire Totem represents the diligence and integrity that ought to be manifested in the life of any member of the Clan.
THE SYMBOL OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
In the Lower Left Half of the Crest is the symbol of the Annunciation of the Lord: the announcement made by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our Lady of Annunciation is the Patroness of the Cathedral Church of the Catholic Diocese of Wiawso, at Sefwi Wiawso.
THE INDEX FINGER POINTING TO THE SKY AND IS SURROUNDED BY A HALO
In the Lower Right Half of the Crest is the Hand with the Index Finger pointing to the Sky and as well surrounded by a Halo. The Index Finger surrounded by a Halo is symbolic of God’s Finger, the divine presence (Finger of God: Digitus Dei) in the life of the Bishop, Most Rev. Samuel Nkuah-Boateng.
THE EPISCOPAL MOTTO
The Episcopal Motto is Nolite Timere, to wit, Do not Be Afraid or Be not Afraid (Luke 12:32). These were the words of encouragement that Jesus, more than Two Thousand years ago, addressed to his disciples. Jesus assured them to be solely and overly dependent on God. Therefore, as a Diocese and family of God, our absolute dependence lies on God devoid of any fear.