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Akan Day Names

The Akan people of Ghana 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 Sound Variants Female Name Sound Variants
Sunday Kwasi Akwasi
Kosi
Kwesi
Akosua Akosi
Akosiwa
Asi
Esi
Monday Kwadwo Jojo
Kodjo
Kojo
Adwoa Adjoa
Adjua
Ajwoba
Tuesday Kwabena Ebo
Kobby
Kobina
Komla
Abenaa Abena
Abla
Abrema
Wednesday Kwaku Kaku
Koku
Kuuku
Kweku
Akua Aku
Akuba
Ekua
Thursday Yaw Ekow
Yaba
Yao
Yawo
Yaa Aba
Ayawa
Baaba
Yaaba
Friday Kofi Fiifi
Koffi
Afua Afi
Afia
Efia
Saturday Kwame Ato
Komi
Kwamena
Kwami
Amma Ama
Ame
Ameyo

Among the Baoule people of Cote d'Ivoire there is a distinct difference in the assignment of these Akan day names. The Baoule have a calendar which is different from the calendar of other Akan ethnic groups, and their day names are shifted by one day from that of the Akans in Ghana.

Day of Week Male Name Female Name
Sunday Kouame Amoin
Monday Kouassi Akissi
Tuesday Kouadjo Adjoua
Wednesday Konan Amenan
Thursday Kouakou Ahou
Friday Yao Aya
Saturday Koffi Affoue

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