Akan Day Names

The Akan people of Ghana (Twi) frequently name their children after the day of the week they were born and the order in which they were born. These names have spread through West Africa, from Benin/Dahomey (Fon) and Togo (Ewe) to Cote d'Ivoire (Baoule), and throughout the African diaspora.

For example, Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah, was named for being born on a Saturday (Kwame). The seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, was named for being born on a Friday (Kofi). 

 

 

 

 

 

Day of Week Male Name Female Name
Sunday Kwasi Akosua
Monday Kwadwo Adwoa
Tuesday Kwabena Abenaa
Wednesday Kwaku Akua
Thursday Yaw Yaa
Friday Kofi Afua
Saturday Kwame Amma

 


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