Nicknamed “Big Money”
Cowries were used in the 16th century as a form of money. The Ghana “cedi” is Fanti language translation of “cowries”—and it also happens to be the name of the country’s unit of currency.
Asides its connection to money, cowrie shells were also seen as a symbol of fertility and prosperity. and in different African cultural practices’ it is to bring good luck and to protect the spirit of the wearer, and many tribes use them in spiritual ceremonies