Did you know popular Akan names like Akua, Kwasi, Kwame, Yaa etc. all have deeper connotations than being particular days of the week?
For quite several us, these male and female names mean nothing on the surface level. No, you are not to blame for not understanding that there is a deeper meaning when westernisation can be solely held responsible for losing some of our deeply rooted sense of culture.
If you are an avid lover of history, if you have most likely heard about the country Ghana, and the man Kwame Nkrumah, the person who spearheaded one of the greatest movements in Africa (the movement for the independence of Gold Coast as it then known) from its colonial masters the British empire. He will later grow to become one of Ghana’s most influential figures, as we would get to see in this interesting bit about Ghana’s independence and one of the many forces behind the revolutionary movement.
When you do realise, it undoubtedly feels refreshing to find out that your Akan Day Name was not just given!
In the typical African culture, you can tell quite a lot about the circumstances of someone’s birth from their given names...