Oct 26, 2011

My Ghanian Name: ELENA MARIA AFUA......Born of Friday


The naming system in Ghana is very unique and unlike any other system in the world. 
When a child is born, the child is kept indoors for at least seven days. During this period the mother is allowed to come outdoors but the baby is not supposed to come out except in a case of emergency or when it is really necessary. On the eighth day, the child is given a name. The child is not assigned a name before the eighth day because during that period it is considered as a stranger from the ancestral world who has come for a visit. However, the logical reason was that in the ancient days when child mortality was very high a lot children died before their eighth day and therefore the elders decided that they are going to wait for the eighth day after which if the baby is still alive, then it would be considered as a human being and then given a name.
Days of the week in Ghana are very important aspects of the naming culture. In Ghana everyone is supposed to have a "day name" in addition to his other names, which will be disclosed in due course. The day of the week on which one is born determines what name he is called.There are day names for each of the seven days. The names come in pairs for each day; one for a male,the other for a female born on that day. Below are some of the names that people are called by and the corresponding days on which they were born:

DAY OF THE WEEK
MALE
FEMALE
MONDAY
KOJO
ADJOA
TUESDAY
KWABENA
ABENA
WEDNESDAY
KWAKU
AKUA
THURSDAY
YAW
YAA
FRIDAY
KOFI
AFUA
SATURDAY
KWAME
AMA
SUNDAY
KWESI
AKOSUA


    Friday's child is a leader, not a follower. 
He/she is very temperamental but has a big heart.