Posted by Amina Sammo on Jul 13, 2018
Greetings fellow Rotarians and guests!
Welcome to the
Rotary E-Club of One World!
In the spirit of sharing and wishing those of us lucky to be born in July a befitting birthday wish, I will like to share with all of us an interesting culture about birthdays in Ghana and most parts of West Africa.
In Ghana and especially among the Akan tribe, a person’s first name is made up of the day he or she is born. Frequently, children are given a "day name" which corresponds to the day in the week they were born. These day names have further meanings concerning the soul and character of the person.
Hausa is another common language with the same day name concept and is used widely among northers and Muslims in Ghana.
Most Ghanaians have at least one name from this system, even if they also have an Arabic or western name. Notable figures with day names include Ghana's first president Kwame Nkrumah (Kwame means Saturday male child and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan (Kofi means Friday male child). So for instance, I was born on Friday so in Akan, my maternal side, my soul name is Afua and in Hausa, my paternal side, my soul name is Jummah.
Full list of Ghanaian day names:
Akwasi, Kwasi, Kwesi, Akwesi, Sisi, Kosi
Akosua, Akasi, Akos, Esi, Awesi
Na lādo or pan Ɗan lādi
Lādi or Lādidi or Lādingo
Kojo, Kwadwo, Jojo, Joojo, Kujoe
Adwoa, Adjoa, Adzoa, Adwoma
Altine or Tine
Kwabena, Kobe, Kobi, Ebo, Kabelah, Komla
Abena, Araba, Abenayo
Baturiya or Talata
Kwaku, Abeiku, Kuuku, Kweku
Akua, Aku, Kukua, Akuma
Balārabei ; Balārabi or Ba
Yaw, Ekow
Aba, Yaa, Baaba, Awo
Kofi, Fifi, Fiifi, Yoofi
Afua, Afia, Afi
Jummah or Jummai
Kwame, Kwamena, Kwamina
Ama, Oheama, Ameyo
So in July we have birthdays for Rotarians Robert Rosenberg 5th and Bernie Janzen 16th; for wedding anniversaries for Amanda and Christopher Richards 29 years of marriage on the 8th and finally Rotary membership for Ozlem Kocanaogullari and Ronald Schutz 5 years, Rob Miller 6 years, Mellow Honek 8 years and Vic Swan 11 years. Congratulations to all.
Let’s have fun by writing on our comment page what our names will be in Akan or Hausa if you happen to be born in my homeland, Ghana.
Next we will talk about the program line up for the year and let’s all endeavor to attend meetings regularly to see what role we have to play in the current Rotary year.
Let’s all continue to BE THE INSPIRATION!!!
Yours in Rotary Service
Amina Sammo
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