February 2012


Ghana vs Chile: 29/02/12

Ghana v Chile_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_comOn Monday February 27th, 2012, The Ghana national team will be in New York to prepare for their upcoming friendly on Wednesday. The Ghana-Chile Press conference will be take place at team hotel at 5:30pm. The training portion of the schedule will commence at the Yankee Stadium from 6-7pm where the 18-man squad called up for the Ghana-Chile Friendly is as follows:

Goalkeepers:
Adam Kwarasey (Strømsgodset, Norway), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals, Ghana)

Defenders:
John Paintsil (Leicester City, England), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Masahudu Alhassan (Genoa, Italy),
Lee Addy (Dalian Aerbin, China), John Boye (Rennes, France), Jonathan Mensah (Evian TG, France)

Midfielders:
Afriyie Acquah (Palermo, Italy), Derek Boateng (Dnipro, Ukraine), Anthony Annan (Vitesse, Netherlands),
Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese, Italy), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France)

Strikers:
Jordan Ayew (Marseille, France), Emmanuel Baffoe (New Edubiase, Ghana),
Richard Mpong – (Medeama, Ghana) Dominic Oduro (Chicago Fire, US)

National team players have obtained their visas except; Coach Pavi, Emmanuel Baffour and Richard Mpong

”The Ghana Football Association can confirm that Mr. Goran Stevanovic, head coach of the Black Stars and two other players; Emmanuel Baffour and Richard Mpong are yet to secure U.S. traveling visas.”

The FIFA international friendly is set to take place on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

GHANA (23rd ranked) VS. CHILE (12th ranked)
{FIFA International Friendly}

Venue: PPL PARK {Philadelphia, USA}
Kickoff: 7:00pm

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Me Firi Ghana Needs You!

Are you interested in writing, blogging or do you just have an opinion? If the answer is yes then why not get in contact about the joining the team. We’re looking for writers and contributors who are passionate about Ghana and most importantly have something to say. If you’re ticking all the boxes and are interested then drop me an email at

info@mefirighana.com with an example of your work, an interesting blog post, or just a few words about why you want to be involved and be a part of making Ghana Relevant.

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Ghana Independence: Unsung Heroes…

We Will Remember Them…

In the movie 300, 300 Spartans along with 700 Thespians led by King Leonidas took on the “god-king” Xerxes and his 100 000 strong army. The battle lasted for about 3 days and after which all 300 Spartans were killed. They fought well, they fought for the freedom of their people and paid the ultimate price. In return they made a very simple request. Dilios was sent from the battlefield to convey this request to the congress: Remember us.” As simple an order as a king can give. “Remember why we died.” For he didn’t wish tribute or song. No monuments, no poems of war and valour. His wish was simple: “Remember us,” he said to me. That was his hope. Should any free soul come across that place, in all the countless centuries yet to be, may all our voices whisper to you from the ageless stones: Go tell the Spartans, passer-by, that here, by Spartan law, we lie.

Sergeant_Adjetey_Osu_Accra_Ghana_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_ComMany more people have made similar sacrifices for the preservation of free society down the centuries. It is only right and appropriate that we recognise and remember those who have at various times throughout history given up their lives that we may have a free and fair society. So let us remember Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe and Private Odartey Lamptey. All members of the Gold Coast Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force that fought alongside the allied forces during the Second World War. Upon their return from the war, they were refused the many benefits promised by the colonial government. On 28th February 1948, a number of ex-servicemen were marching from Accra to Christianborg Castle to present a petition to the British Colonial Governor on their unpaid war benefits when they were intercepted at the Osu crossroads by a contingent of armed policemen. The policemen led by Superintendent Colin Imray, a British police officer ordered that they dispersed and when they refused to obey, he gave an order to the police to open fire and the three ex-servicemen were killed.

Not only have these brave men fought to stop Hitler and the Nazi from murdering all non-Aryans. Their death provoked anti colonial protest all around the country which was a real shot in the arm for the independence struggle. These three have made the ultimate sacrifice, they could not have given any more than that. So as simple as a request can be, Let us remember them! 64 years down the ages, let us continue to remember them and honour their memory for the sacrifice they made to every free man and women everywhere in the world.

 

Mavis Amankwah: Ghana’s PR Guru…

This year Mavis Amankwah plans to hold a unique event celebrating International Women’s Month. The occasion invites all ladies to share an evening with the British Ghanaian PR Guru who will address all issues to deal with the business industry; discuss the importance of self belief and confidence and share how she managed to turnover a £million in the last 12 months.

Mavis_Amankwah_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_comOn March 1st the event is expected to see over 50 women who are seeking advice on how to run and sustain a successful business or enterprise. However talks will vary from creating multiple streams of income to maintaining work, life and motherhood appealing to the women who are not necessarily in the business sector but will learn top tips beneficial to everyday living. Mavis Amankwah is the founder and Managing Director of award PR agency Rich Visions which has been in operation for over 10 years, a winning entrepreneur, author of the best seller book “44 ways to grow a business” and a business expert who is described as a ‘trailblazer and pioneer in her field’. With over a decade’s experience Mavis is definitely a woman people look up to and is guaranteed to leave you feeling empowered and inspired to fulfil your dreams.

I know how it feels to face challenges and sometimes be at breaking point and even contemplate giving up. I have been where you are and have got the stories to prove it. If I can get through it to become who I am today, I promise you, you can too!

The event is a chance for all the ladies to get together and have an evening of motivational talks to give us that boost we sometimes need in life. I will definitely be there, so for all you ladies, make sure to tell a friend to tell a friend so we can become the superwoman we deserve to be.

Details of the event
Date: 1st March 2012
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: Euro Traveller Hotel-Premier, 194-202 Old Kent Road, London, SE1 5TY

Make sure to click the link below to book your FREE ticket as spaces are limited: http://mavisamankwah.eventbrite.com/?ebtv=C

Introducing YOU to Richard Kojo Asante

Me FiRi GHANA Proudly presents……Richard Kojo Asante

Young Inspirational Footballer!

I feel extremely honoured to write about this humble young Ghanaian, Richard Kojo Asante, who also goes by the name spitzke!! Richard was Born to Ghanaian parents, born and raised in Germany, Hamburg where he then moved to England at 11 years.

At just 19 years of age, things seem to be gong spectacular for the young footballer. Having been asked to play for the *GHANA’s UNDER 23’s Football Team* this summer, Yess! certainly nothing can stop him! I’m bursting with excitement for this young footballer because of his determination and motivation to strive to be the best of the best!

I had a lil catch up with the inspirational young footballer:

What is your aim or motive?

My aim is to be a role model to young Ghanianas and to achieve all my dreams I’ve always wanted to achieve. I want to make sure the younger generation can look up to me. I wanna give everything back to my mum, she’s sacrificed a lot for me, I owe her a lot.

Tell the team how did you get into football?

Well it started from when i was 4 years old and my dad discovered that I had a gift and talent so my sister Vesta kept taking me to football training even when it was raining really hard and struggled to get to training and she was always there for me.

What team do you play for ?

Well at the moment am on loan at Northampton own reserves till the summer and will be returning back with an option to have a trail in the summer at Fulham FC which I am quite excited about. Also I have been asked to play for Ghana under 23s in the summer so maybe that might just happen if I think I am ready.

Do you look up to any footballers and why?

Yes there are a few players I look up to like my all time hero Thierry Henry and Michael Essien and Andre Ayew. They are great players and I learn a lot from watching them play each week in the top leagues and champions league. I get inspired by them and watching them live. Especially Thierry Henry, he has made me want to play football even more. The passion in English football is incredible to watch that’s one of the reasons why I love football.

Who/what influenced you to your chosen pathway? Where did your football passion start from?

I was influenced by my dad and everyday I played football in school I got in trouble sometimes for playing football way too much lol but yeah that’s how much I loved it when I was younger.

Can you imagine yourself doing anything else apart from football?

Ermm well no I don’t think so, all I wanted to play is football, especially when I was younger, so I had no other dream other than playing footy, I had the faith and belief that I will become a footballer and maybe one day, the greatest, who knows .

Share with the team your best motivation line?

Never give up and give 100%.

Are you proud to state ‘MeFiRi Ghana’?

Yes I’m very proud MeFiri Ghana am blessed to be from there, I love everything about Ghana.

Do you think your culture has inspired your chosen pathway?

Yeah, I think it did because my parents kept pushing me into football and I just want to inspire the young Ghanaian kids out there.

Are you doing anything positive outside your football career?

Well hopefully soon I’m going to start my charity to help get kids off the streets in Ghana and get them into schools. My ultimate dream is to open a football academy in Ghana I have faith that this will come true.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the new Dance craze Azonto, rate yours 1-10

Of course I’ve heard of Azonto well I’ll rate myself a 10 out of 10. I am the Azonto king lol well am pretty good so maybe a 8 out of 10 to be fair, I have been doing it a lot.

Any last words from you?

I wouldn’t be here without the help of God he kept beside me ”

All you young Emmanuel Frimpong, Micheal Essien and Asamoah Gyan’s.. follow him on twitter @AsanteS23

By cloudia

 

Ghana Football News: Weekly Update

This week in review of Ghanaian footballers plying their trade abroad: 

1. Ghana ends AFCON2012 campaign in 4th place

2. John Mensah Named to AFCON2012 Best XI

3. Muntari joins new teammates

4. Jordan Ayew gets game winning goal

5. Asamoah Gyan gets back to his scoring ways

6. Kevin Prince scores in champion’s league

1. The Ghana National team ended their quest for the  2012 African Cup in 4th place. They faced Mali and lost by the scoreline of 2-0. After the heartbreaking semi-final  loss to Zambia 1-0 the spirit was sucked out of the players. Blackstars should lift their head high that they lost to the eventual AFCON winners,  the copper bullets of Zambia.

2. Ghana captain, John Mensah has been named to the CAF African Cup 2012 all star team. Mensah is the only Blackstar who made the  team of the tourney as he netted twice in the competition. Kwadwo Asamoah made the substitutes bench XI.

3. Ghana international, Sulley Muntari has joined cross town rivals Ac Milan on loan. The midfielder was on  loaned out the winter transfer deadline. The talented Ghanaian has since joined his new team mates after the Nations cup. The Rossoneri will face Cesena on Sunday with Muntari in the Starting XI. He’ll play from the first minute” – Massimo  Allegri, Ac Milan coach, when asked if Sulley will play. His contract with Inter expires this summer. 

4.  Jordan Ayew used his recent experience on national duty, to come off the bench  smashed a nasty game winner in 54′ as  as Marseille smash Bourg-Peronnas 3-1 in the French Cup on Wednesday. 

5. Babyjet returned from the African cup in style as Asamoah Gyan, scored the game winner in the 62′ as Al-Ain win 2-0 over FC Dubai on wednesday night.

6.  Former Ghana International, Kevin Prince Boateng shines his first game back after his thigh injury. Prince opened the scoring in the ’15 with a dangerous volley as Ac Milan blanked Arsenal 4-0 in champions league. 

Should he return to the national team?

Here is a clip of his goal v. Arsenal in Wednesday’s champions league match

This is the weeks news for Ghanaian footballers  worldwide.

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Ghana’s Music Industry: Piracy + Loss =…

Ghana’s Music Industry seems to be booming like the economy, or is it?

It is common knowledge that the music industry in Ghana haemorrhages millions of cedi every year due to illegal activities such as illegal download of music, ring tones and CD distribution. Recently, it was reported that the Ghana music industry loses over ₵5million annually due to these practises. Piracy has become a huge problem in Ghana, badly affecting those in the creative industry as well as the economy.

But what is the government doing about it?

What steps have they implemented to ensure that musicians and others in the creative industry receive the dues they deserve?

Ghana_Music_Industry_Me_FiRi_Ghana_dot_comThe music industry is vital to any given country’s economy. However, if music piracy – which is the copying and the distrubitions of works by an artist without their consent, or that of the copyright-holding record company – goes unchecked, then the losses incurred by the music industry is huge. Musicians lose their rightfully earned dues and royalties, jobs are lost and the government loses money in tax revenues. Over the years, the act of piracy has increased significantly – it is reported that piracy in Accra and Kumasi is up by 25% since 2009. In addition, the number of CDs and cassettes sold annually has decreased from 50 million to 30 million due to the illegal use of musical works. It comes as no surprise then that piracy has become a pertinent issue that musical associations such as MUSIGA (Musicians Union of Ghana) and NASGAMP (Society of Ghana Music Producers) have tried to address. However attempts to solve the problem have proven ineffective and futile. Musicians such as Gyedu Blay Ambolley and Daddy Lumba have spoken out about the detrimental effects music piracy is having on the industry. But the battle against piracy is something that musical associations cannot fight alone. They need the full backing of the government behind them. Over the years, the government have made a number of pledges to tackle the problem of piracy in Ghana. Just last year, vice president John Mahama announced that the government was to work closely with MUSIGA, currently led by Bice Owusu Kuffour (Obour), by acquiring documents from the Attorney General’s department that will allow them to implement laws against piracy.

But these are promises the government have made before. In May 2005, the government passed Ghana’s copyright law ACT No. 690, which protected the works of artists, granted copyright holders rights to the works and defined the length of that copyright duration. But despite the law being passed, it remains to be enacted. There are extremely few cases where the government have prosecuted persons for piracy. Since the copyright law was passed, there has not been a reduction in piracy, if anything it’s on the increase. Why is that?

Ghana’s copyright law was passed for a purpose – however it is rendered useless if the government doesn’t act on it. What the government needs to do is to crackdown on those who bootleg music and creative works of others. Severe punishments should be meted out to those who sell pirated goods. If people fear retribution for selling pirated music, then they will be deterred from buying from those who distribute it. The government also needs to implement a structure that allows musicians and copyright holders to receive their dues when their works are used on TV, radio, adverts and as mobile ringtones. Moreover, the practise of payola by some DJs and presenters in Ghana needs to be rooted out.

But how does the government go about implementing these changes when some players in the music industry are suspected of being in collaboration with those that pirate music? If piracy is to be rooted out, then it starts with educating the masses with active cooperation from the government. Ghanaians must be educated on the importance of the role played by creative industries. Ghanaian music is currently enjoying international attention, which in the long run will attract investors. If piracy is curbed, not only will it stimulate talent and create jobs – musicians and copyright holders will benefit, with tax revenues collected by the government profiting the economy. In addition, the government must be vigilant in punishing those who break copyright laws, because it seems that pirates are hardly ever brought forward to face the law. Let’s hope that the newly created Ghana Music Rights Organisation (GHAMRO) will be successful in protecting the musicians who spend their time and money creating music for us, only to be denied the fruits of their hard work.

Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan Quits Blackstars!

Asamoah Gyan quits Ghana Football Team “Indefinitely”

 

So Asamaoh Gyan has decided to quit the Blackstars ‘indefinitely’. Not really a surprise given the fact that Michael Essien took a “break” not so long ago and Kevin Prince Boateng decided not playing for Ghana would somehow prolong his career. Of late there seems to be an epidemic of Ghanaian players calling it a day. Thus the latest Gyan, in a letter to the GFA Gyan has cited being frustrated over the verbal abuse he has received” since the Africa Cup of Nations as his reason for quitting. The GFA is urging him to reconsider his decision but as it stands Gyan will not play for the Blackatars until further notice.

Asamoah_Gyan_Quits_Ghana_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_comNow I would like to make one thing clear the verbal abuse suffered by Gyan is unacceptable. However if he is quitting purely for this reason then I find that difficult understand. It is part and parcel of the game that high profile players come in for criticism and although I don’t condone the abuse Gyan received I believe quitting the team is the wrong move. Unfortunately for Gyan he has been responsible for missing two very significant penalties (World Cup 2010 and CAN 2012) in the last two years and I believe a combination of his disappointment and a lack of confidence in himself has contributed in his decision. However the only reason he can get over that is by pulling on the Black Stars jersey once again. You only have to look at David Beckham in 1998 when he got sent off for England in the World Cup. He was crucified by the English media, suffered abuse from rival fans and even received death threats. However he never considered quitting the national team and in fact that incident was the making of him. For the following season and beyond he was one of the best players in the league won the treble with Manchester United went on to eventually captain England. Then three years later received complete redemption by scoring the goal that sent England to the World Cup in 2002. What a story! and I don’t think Beckham would be the same player he was had he not suffered that terrible time. To this day he even says it made him mentally stronger. Thus I believe Gyan’s story can be similar, he to can get his redemption.

Even the sternest critics of Gyan have to admit that in the last two years he has been pivotal to Ghana’s success. You only have to look back at the important goals he has scored; the winner against Nigeria in CAN 2010, the winner against Serbia in Ghana’s first game of WC2010 and the winning goal against the USA that took Ghana to the quarter finals of the World Cup. He is Ghana’s star striker and although he can be inconsistent with his form, he is Ghana’s leading goal threat and it has been the over-reliance on Gyan by the team that has often proved their undoing.

If he is not to return to the team in the foreseeable future then it is a big blow for the Blackstars. I sincerely hope he will reconsider his decision and ideally I would like to see him playing in a top European league again because playing in the UAE is doing him no favours at all except for financially.

I am a firm believer in the saying “What does not kill you makes you stronger”. Thus if his life or that of his family is not in danger than I see no reason why he cannot play again. People will always talk in football whether you are doing well or not. Football fans are some of the most fickle people, they change their minds more than the weather. One minute they love you and the next they hate you. I think I can say with some assurance that the vast majority of Ghanaians support Gyan and want to see him play again; if he does not than I fear his two penalty misses will hinder and define his career. Thus if the Zambia game is to be his last game, then all I can say to him is thanks for the memories.

What are your thoughts on Gyan’s decision?

Do you think he will return?

And how will Ghana cope without him?

 

Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)

Introducing YOU to Crymz…

This week I was able to catch up with ‘Crymz!’ and Find out Where his Creativity Sprung From!

 

Lets GOO….

1) Please Tell The Team Your real Name & Tell us The Name you work with if Different?

My Real Name is Samuel Kwame Mensah-Bonsu, Samuel Carter Mensah is my Alias and “Crymz” is my former design name.

 

2)  How Young Are You?

I am 21 years young.

3) Tell The Team, What it is that you do exactly? 

Samuel Kwame Mensah-Bonsu_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_comWell I am mostly self-taught Designer, Illustrator and photographer hailing from London. I mostly specialise in digital design creation and illustration as well as fine arts too. Since 2009 my designs have picked up a vast amount of popularity and exposure all over the world.

Appearing and being featured in some of the prestigious design blogs going, in turn making me the youngest designer from UK to do so. I am a member to many design groups and collectives around the world dedicated to design and Arts.

I am also a part of a London based Photography collective named Grand Culture. Last but not least I also attend at the University of Arts London and am currently studying Advertising.

 

4) Do You work with A Company Name, or …?

The Design Company I formed myself and serve as my design identity is called SMBStudios. Started in 2009 that has been my identity and slowly and surely I have been growing it into what I envisioned. The letters stand for my initials and also a few new meanings I have made for it such as “Some Must Believe” & “See More Beauty”. When anybody asks me what they mean I tend to say “So Much Better” too.

 

5) In relation to What you do, what/who influenced you to The Chosen Pathway? and Where did the Creativity Start from?

Samuel Kwame Mensah-Bonsu_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_comMy passion for art has always existed from a very young age. Back then Saying you wanted to be an artist always seemed so weird even for me when I said it. I guess the big question was turning art from just as a hobby to career. I remember I fell in love with graphic design when I was 12, as early as then I had an inkling that this was what I wanted to do.

I actually didn’t see it as a full career until I left school when I was 16. Until then I was very much an academic ho loved Maths & Science etc. and a love & talent for design bust was never brave enough to pursue it as a single career.  I had plenty of ways to go but I realized I could change the world the most by being a designer. 

A major influence for me growing up was also my older Brother, he did Fine art in college and he would bring home his huge canvases and I could see what he was doing at the time I was only in primary school and seeing him create inspired me to also get involved and paint one day also. Making the decision to get into the creative career pathway was easy since I knew it was what I do best and someday it would be the thing that people would know me by first. An artist first above anything.

6)  Can you imagine yourself doing anything else apart form your desired Passion?

Not really. I love what I do more than anything. The beauty of what I do is there are so many sub genres and paths to what I do, so I can never get bored. One day I can be painting the next day designing a logo for a company and the next day organising and conducting a photo shoot. I try to engage myself in a lot of aspects of creativity so I know I doing the best of my ability. Life’s too short for that.

7) Share with The Team, Your Best Motivation Line?

My best motivation line came from the late Steve Jobs actually. He says what motivated him most was the idea of death. Knowing that one day we all will die we must make everyday count and do as much as possible to leave our mark on this earth before that fateful day comes. He definitely did that, and I want to do the exact same thing too.

8 ) So Tell the Team, where did grow up/or where were you raised from?

I was actually born in Accra Ghana and came to the UK when I was Five years old. I have lived in South London all my life since then. Every few years I try to back to Ghana and see  family, haven’t been in a few years though. I want to go back again this Summer! 

9)  So Tell MeFiRi GHANA Are Both you Parents of GHANAIAN Descent?

Yessir, both My Mom and Pops are Ghanaian. Ashanti region to be exact 


10) Tell The Team; Are You Proud To  SAY ………”Me FiRi GHANA“……

Of Course! Pass me my Fan Ice and Twi handbook. Lol Ghana will always be my true home.

11) So Tell The Team; Do you think your Culture Has Influenced Your chosen pathway?

In way it has. Most will notice that in Ghana all signs and posters are painted everywhere you go. So there is art everywhere that always used to inspire me how not having the resources to print these posters would be a blessing by being able to keep art alive and keep creativity breathing everywhere.

12)  “MeFiRi GHANA” Would like to know ….
What Do you LOVE About GHANA?
Why Do you LOVE being a GHANAIAN?

What I love most about Ghana is the our rich history, the monuments and statues in Accra of those that have paved the way before us. I love seeing how it all started the legacy our forefathers left for us to have the opportunity to do the things we take for granted makes me proud to be Ghanaian. It inspires greatly to achieve and do something that will also go down in history.

13) SO Tell Us, what are your future aspirations?
What do you want to achieve from what you do?

And what will you do with it?

Samuel Kwame Mensah-Bonsu_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_comMy future aspirations are to carry on doing exactly what I am doing and to flourish as much as possible. I’m at an age where I’m old enough to know where I want to go, and I’m still young enough to do it all and more! After graduating from university will focus more on my company and making it grow and be successful, travel around the world, work & collaborate with the best designers and agencies to design and create.

I hope to inspire children/youth back in GH to know all things are possible as long as you work hard and keep with God. I hope to back and have a studio there and start a legacy there and give back. I have been blessed with unlimited Ambition and am determined to make all things

14) So Tell Everyone, Where Can We Catch Up With your latest Movements? 

Samuel Kwame Mensah-BonsuYou can follow me on Twitter first and foremost – https://twitter.com/#!/SMBStudios

Check out my gallery  here – http://crymz.deviantart.com/gallery/

And my Tumblr – somemustbelieve.tumblr.com

Stay tuned for my upcoming website smbstudios.com

Guys Check out this piece of work, Starring Tinie Tempah…MAGNIFICENT!!

BELOW…

tinie_tempah_ident_2010_by_crymz-Me_FiRi_Ghana_dot_com

This gentleman is young yet has already painted intricate strokes towards his life and is still yet to accomplish his picture; exciting times. Sheer determination, A STRONG DRIVE and indeed a passionate Individual is what I see!

Me FiRi GHANA Salutes YOU and welcomes you on board, as A ‘RISING BLACK STAR’

You are young, and yet making something positive out of yourself, Congratulations.

By Trey’C

Ghanaian Naming Ceremony…

GHANAIAN NAMING CEREMONY:

When asked “Wo den de sen?”  Translated; “What is your name?” by responding with your name you are easily identifiable as being born on a certain day & also of your order of birth.

Let’s not forget about the all important naming ceremony.

Ghanaian_Naming_Ceremony_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_ComAfter an Akan baby is born he or she is kept indoors for eight days. The eighth day is the day of the naming ceremony, ‘Den to’. The first name received is called the Kra den or “soul name”, and is determined by the day of the week that the child was born. This is because Nyame (oun’-yah-may’) and Nyamewaa (oun’-yah-may’-wah), the Great God and the Great Goddess respectively, whom together constitute the Supreme Being in Akan culture, placed seven of their children over the seven days of the week. The child also receives its formal name or good/ideal name, ‘Den pa’, on the eighth day. The formal name defines the function of the child in the world as it relates to his or her specific Ancestral Clan and his or her potential for manifesting wisdom and influence. The den pa carries the vibrations that will empower the individual to properly incorporate Divine Law and restore Divine balance throughout his or her life according to Ancestral protocol.

Ghanaian_Naming_Ceremony_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_Com_2Traditionally the naming ceremony begins and ends before sunrise. It is the father that has the responsibility of naming the child, thus the family comes together in the early morning at the father’s house. The Elders invoke Nyame (God), Nyamewaa (Goddess), and pour libation to Asaase Afua (Earth Mother/Goddess also called Asaase Yaa) the Abosom (Divinities, Forces of Nature) and the Nananom Nsamanfo (Honoured Ancestral Spirits) to assist with the proper naming of the child. After the name is acquired, the infant is given to an Elder from the father’s side of the family who announces the kra den and den pa to the family for the first time.

There are two cups ritually utilized during the ceremony. One cup contains water and the other Nsa (strong drink). The Elder dips his index finger into the water and places it on the mouth of the infant saying, “When you say it is water, it is water.” He dips his index finger into the nsa and places it on the mouth of the infant saying, “When you say it is nsa, it is nsa.” This is repeated three times. This is done to instil within the infant a consciousness of morality-the necessity of always living in harmony with the truth for all of her/his life.

After this is completed gifts are presented to the newborn, after which the remainder of the nsa in the bottle is shared with members of the community. The full name of the newborn is spoken to each member of the community, and each member sips some of the nsa as a show of respect for the child and as a gesture towards the newborn’s health.

A meal is then shared by all followed by music & dancing – Azonto Style!

 By Caroline N. Mensah