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:
 
Day
Akan
Hausa
 
Male
Female
Male
Female
 
Sunday
Akwasi, Kwasi, Kwesi, Akwesi, Sisi, Kosi
Akosua, Akasi, Akos, Esi, Awesi
Na lādo or pan Ɗan lādi
Lādi or Lādidi or Lādingo
 
Monday
Kojo, Kwadwo, Jojo, Joojo, Kujoe
Adwoa, Adjoa, Adzoa, Adwoma
Dan-tani
Altine or Tine
 
Tuesday
Kwabena, Kobe, Kobi, Ebo, Kabelah, Komla
Abena, Araba, Abenayo
Dan-talata
Baturiya or Talata
 
Wednesday
Kwaku, Abeiku, Kuuku, Kweku
Akua, Aku, Kukua, Akuma
Balaraba
Balārabei ; Balārabi or Ba
 
Thursday
Yaw, Ekow
Aba, Yaa, Baaba, Awo
Dan-lami
Lami
 
Friday
Kofi, Fifi, Fiifi, Yoofi
Afua, Afia, Afi
Dan-jummah
Jummah or Jummai
 
Saturday
Kwame, Kwamena, Kwamina
Ama, Oheama, Ameyo
Dan-asibi
Asibi
 
       
 
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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Be’ing’ the inspiration. . .
 
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