A name is an important part of an Akan1.
Names are believed to describe the spiritual identity of a person as
well as shape that person's
character and behavior1.
first name of the child is
the day of the week the child is born1. That name describes
spiritual qualities. The last name is determined by the father2. He
carefully chooses a name of usually an ancestor or relative whose
character and behavior the father hopes to see in his child2.
The name Cudjo is a first name. The first
name is usually called soulname (kradin)1.
It reflects the child's soul (okra),
which enters the child at birth2.
Each day of the week is overseen by
a different deity and one
these deities choses the unborn child3.
The child then gets born on the
day of the deity and the deity gives the
child his or her soul and destiny
Exactly one week later,
on the same weekday, the child's soulname is announced in an outdooring
born on Monday are
called Kwadwo (Akan for
Cudjo) and girls born on
Monday are called Adwoa,
is Dwoda, and they received
their soul from Adwo, the
1) Late Kontihene of Obo,
Nana Adofo, with child.
From Akan Studies - Gods III; Health
& Fertility by Phil Bartle, PhD
2) Akan woman wearing her
child on her back. From Akan Studies
- Gods III; Health & Fertility by Phil Bartle, PhD
1) "The Origin and Significance of Ghanaian Personal Names."
SUSUBIRIBI: People & Culture.
2) Bartle, Philip F. W. "The Universe Has Three Souls - Notes on
Translating Akan Culture." Journal of Religion in Africa 14.2
3) Agyekum, Kofi. "The Sociolinguistic of Akan Personal Names." Nordic
Journal of African Studies 15.2 (2006): 206–235. 22 Mar. 2007
4) Rutledge, Christopher Kweku. "African Traditional Religious Beliefs,
Among the Akans." Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 19 Oct. 2006