Yewoo da ben?
What day were you born?
Adwoa, Kwadwo, Abena, Kwabena, Akua, Kwaku, Yaa, Yaw, Afua, Kofi, Ama, Kwame, Akosua, Kwesi
This tradition is shared throughout West Africa due to Akan Influence, from Benin/Dahomey (Fon) and Togo (Ewe), to the Ga, to other West Africans and throughout the African Diaspora. For example, in Jamaica the following day names have been recorded: Monday, Cudjoe; Tuesday, Cubbenah; Wednesday, Quaco; Thursday, Quao; Friday, Cuffee; Saturday, Quamin; Sunday, Quashee. Most Ghanaians have at least one name from this system. Ghana‘s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, was so named for being born on a Saturday (Kwame) and being the ninth born (Nkrumah). Also, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Atta Annan, was so named for being born on a Friday (Kofi) as part of a twin (Atta).
Monday born children are aptly named: Adwoa & Kwadwo
Tuesday born children are named: Abena & Kwabena
Wednesday born children are named: Akua & Kwaku
Thursday born children are named: Yaa & Yaw
Friday born children are named: Afua & Kofi
Saturday born children are named: Ama & Kwame
Sunday born children are named: Aksoua & Kwesi.
If you did not already know just what Adowa, Kwadwo etc means look at the meanings below. Do they relate to your personality?
Kwesi & Akosua – Born leader, guide, protector
Kwadwo & Adowa – Calm,peaceful
Kwabena & Abena – Warrior, fierce, compassionate
Kwaku & Akua – Advocate, controlling
Yaw & Yaa – Confrontational, aggressive
Kofi & Afua – Adventurous, creative, innovative
Kwame & Ama – The ancient wise one.
As previously mentioned, birth order names have equal relevance within Ghanaian (Akan) society.
Males are given the equivalent names of their female counter parts.
First born: Piesie
Second born: Manu (M) Maanu (F)
Third born: Mensa (M) Mansa (F)
Fourth born: Anan (M) Anane (F)
Fifth born: Num (M) Anum (F)
Sixth born: Nisa
Seventh born: Ason (M) Nsowaa (F)
Eighth born: Botwe
Ninth born: Nkroma (M) Nkroma (F)
Tenth born: Badu (M) Baduwaa (F)
Eleventh born: Duku
Twelfth born: Dunu
Last born: Kaakyire
By Caroline N. Mensah