Ghana, a West African state, follows traditional mindset in naming their babies. Ghanaian traditional legacy followed strict patterns of logic. Everything they do has some connection with their rich culture and has arguments to support their act.
Similar is the case with the ‘art’ of naming their newborn.
Birth circumstances and day of the week are important aspects Ghanaian parents take into account before naming their child.
In northern Ghana, for instance, a girl born on Tuesday is called ‘Talata’.
She could be named ‘Lamisi’ if Thursday is her day of birth.
These names originate from Hausa language widespread in northern Ghana, closely related to Arabic.
Birth of twins is considered as an event having spiritual affiliation.
A twin in Ashanti is called ‘Ata’.
“Ghanaians are well aware of famous writer Amta at an Aidoo who was born a twin.”
Ghanaian’s also organize ceremonies to name children.
For example ‘divination’ ceremony is conducted to unveil association of the new born with one of his ancestor. If it is a rebirth of some of his or her ancestor he or she is named after that deceased person.
In Ghanaian societies as the person gets older, his original name becomes less popular and are replaced by traditional names pertaining to the status they hold in the society as a ‘chief ‘ or an ‘aunty’ or just shear respect.
Ghanaians owe a specific ‘doctrine’ when it comes to naming. The main idea behind systematic approach in naming is primarily the ‘spiritual’ well-being on the new born.
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