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The meaning of weekday Akan names

Akan names

The Akan people of Ghana frequently name their children after the day of the week they were born. Day names are a cultural practice of the Akan people of Ghana and Ivory Coast. Everyday corresponds to a different Akan male and female name.

Most names are later spelt and pronounced differently. The variation of the spellings and pronunciations depends on the Subcultural Akan group. For example, the Fante people pronounced all the day names differently whilst the Akuampim people spelt it differently but pronounced it the same as the Akans.

Below are the names given based on the day of birth:

Monday:

  • The name of the day in the Akan language is Edwoada, Boys born on these days are called Kwadwo and girls are called Adwoa. Alongside with this, Adwoa might mean someone with a philosophical, determined and intense with a desire to endure, and often religious soul. Adwoah Aboah a Ghanaian British Model and Activist is one of the famous Ghanaian people with this name.
Adwoa Aboah British Ghanaian Activists and Model
Adwaoh Aboah

Tuesday:

  • This day is known to be in the Akan language as 3benada, Males born these days are called Kwabena whilst the females are named Abenaa. A lot of famous Ghanaians hold this name, among them, is Dylan Kwabena Mill know as Dizzee Rascal, Ghanian British musician.
Dizzee Rascal
Dizzee Rascal

Wednesday:

  • Wukuada is the Ghanaian name of Wednesday. Males born on Wednesday are called Kwaku whilst females are called Akua. Wednesday borns are Seemingly unemotional, are calm and reserved, haughty and detached. Most certainly, they are sober and very deep, but also shy, honest, and of impeccable morality. Akua Naru is a famous Ghaianain American Mc and rapper with this weekday name.
Akua Naru in Vienna
Akua Naru & The Digflo Band “The Miner’s Canary Tour” at Cafe Leopold in Vienna

Thursday:

  • Yawoada is the Akan name for this day. Yaw is the name given the male born on this day whilst Yaa is the name for the female. Thursday born has a lot of celebrities from Ghana. Among the list are Ghanaian footballers Yaw Antwi, Yaw Amankwaa Mireku and many more. Let not forget the Asante Queen Yaa Asantewaa who fought for the Edjuaso Empire during the colonisation, Where one of our swimwear came from.
Yaa Asatewaa
Yaa Asantewaaa at the Yaa Asantewaa Museum

Friday:

  • Weekend 3noa ne fiada! Which means Weekend starts from Friday in the Ashanti language. This day is one of our favourite days because Friday is the birthday of our CEO & Founder: Bernice Boakye Dufie, who has his Akan original name as Afia. Friday is also the birthday of the late former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan.
Kofi Annan at the World Economic Forum in 2009
Kofi Annan at the World Economic Forum in 2009

Saturday:

  • Memeneda is the Akan name for Saturday. The male born on this day are called Kwame whilst females are called Ama. Among Saturday borns, we have the famous Actress Nana Ama MC Brown, Ama Asante British Ghanaian Writer, Director and Filmmaker.
Amma Asante at Miami international film festival.
Amma Asante at Miami international film festival.

Sunday:

  • The last but not the least is Kwasiada: Sunday. Those born on Sunday are called Kwasi(male) and Akosua(female). Among them is Akosua Busia, Ghana naturalised British Actress.
Akosua Busia
Akosua Busua

And that was a wrap. Hope you’ve had some culture about Ghanaians week name and why they are given. Let me know what in think in the comment below.

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What Our Spring Summer Collection 19 stands for

Ebony By Bernice

This year, we’ve decided to dedicate our Spring Summer 2019 collection to most of the Akan names in Ghana. Akan is the biggest ethnic group and clan in Ghana. It consists of the eastern, western, central and Ashanti region. The Akan clan compromises 4 regions in Ghana among the 16 regions in Ghana.

Dufie: Dufie stands for Adinkra which are symbols in the Akan language. Visual symbols representing concepts or aphorisms, originally created by the Akan of Ghana and the Gyaman of Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa, often used as artistic devices.

Some examples of Adinkra symbols.

Asantewaa: Asantewaa comes from the warrior Yaa Asantewaa who fought In 1900 she led the Ashanti war known as the War of the Golden Stool, also known as the Yaa Asantewaa war, against British colonialism.

A picture of Yaa Asantewaa

Konadu: Konadu means justice. They are good women in terms of their speech, the way they represent themselves and also very good cookers. They love everyone and everything that surrounds them. They are very sensitive, inspirational and idealistic as well. They are well mannered in their behaviour.

Obaapa: Obaapa is normally referred to someone who helps. They are good women in terms of their speech, the way they represent themselves and also very good cooks. They love everyone and everything that surrounds them. They are very sensitive, inspirational and idealistic as well. They are well mannered in their behaviour.

Afra: Afra means earth. They are peaceful rulers, Very Creative, Have kind-hearted and loving. Very strong-minded people. Have strong promising nature that always attracts people towards them, but their promising nature makes them sometimes stubborn towards their work and decision making.

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Top seven must beach in Ghana

Ghana Beach Gomoa Fetteh

Ghana is one of the most peaceful and one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa. Ghana is graced with 540km of stunning, sandy coastline. Most of it is undeveloped and many of its beaches are like private paradises waiting to be explored. It has a variety of attractions that make it a great tourist destination.

Ecotourism has become popular over the last few years and there are now a few eco-lodges in the Axim area. If you are lucky you can watch nesting turtles or even seen migratory whales passing Ghana’s coastal waters.

Below are the Top seven beaches that we recommend:

Ada Foah Beach

Ada Foah was a trading port for the Dutch in the 16th century and is now the tourism centre of the Dangme East District with its beaches, estuary and other attractions. Ada Foah is known for water sports like swimming, sailing, fishing and boat cruises and the shore is lined by chalets as many people from Accra use Ada Foah as a weekend getaway spot. There is a ferry and boat harbour at the riverside where boats can be rented for a cruise around the islands.

Ada Foah Beach

Akwaadi Beach

Located in the Western Region, Akwidaa fishing village at Cape Three Points is the southernmost point in Ghana. Akwidaa is becoming a hub for ecotourism and eco-led development with the creation of the Akwaadi Development Project. Akwidaa currently has two towns, Old Town and New Town, separated by the Exile River. Founded in 1402 by Nana Ewia Mantle, the village is currently home to over 3,000 people and is one of Ghana’s most beautiful beaches with golden sand stretching for miles.

Akwaadi Beach

Axim Beach

Axim is home to sub-Saharan Africa’s second oldest fort, and its main attractions are its beaches, its rich history and culture, and the architectural diversity of its buildings.

Axim is the largest town on the coast west of Takoradi, located almost halfway between Elubo and Takoradi. Distinguishable by a rocky beach, this settlement of approximately 10,000 people is situated in a tranquil and sheltered natural bay.

Axim Beach

Busua Beach

The beauty of Busua lies in its long sandy beach, its compact size, its popularity with tourists and its proximity to Butre and Dixcove.

Busua is a small and quaint town, and it has a different feel from the other towns and villages of Ghana West Coast. 

Busua is situated 30km from Takoradi, sandwiched between Butre and Dixcove. It boasts of a variety of hotel accommodation, small seafood restaurants, and a long sandy beach that is clean and safe for swimming and other water sports.

Busua Beach

Cape Coast Beach

The Accra-Cape Coast road is lined with stunning, palm-fringed scenery. As you get closer to Cape Coast, the capital of Accra’s central region, the Atlantic coastline reveals itself and as you get closer to the town, there are a variety of beach-side resorts where you can stay to enjoy the waves and the white sand. Cape Coast is located 175km from Accra. Elmina is after Cape Coast and is home to Elmina Castle.
 

Cape Coast Beach

Gomoa Fetteh

Gomoa Fetteh is a coastal town in the Central Region of Ghana, located off the Akotsi Junction on the Accra-Winneba highway. It is generally known in local circles for the fishing and subsistence farming activities of its people. But it is the long, clean stretch of beach that causes people to visit Gomoa Fetteh.

Two of Ghana’s most popular beach resorts are located at Gomoa Fetteh – Tills No. 1 Beach Resort,  which is popular with families and backpackers, and White Sands, Ghana’s exclusive, members-only beach club.

Tills is a hotel and restaurant and is close enough to Accra to enjoy for day use at a modest price. It is also a good place to boogie board and windsurf. Overnight accommodation is very basic and you can purchase an affordable annual pass to use the beach. It is less than two hours’ drive from Accra and is just off the Accra-Winneba Road.

White Sands is the complete opposite of Tills – expensive and exclusive, it attracts the well-heeled Accra crowd. It has three restaurants and a bar and is separated from the mainland by a saltwater lagoon.

Gomoa Fetteh

Labadi Beach 

Located at the western edge of Accra is Labadi pleasure beach. This public beach has a fascinating 3-kilometre beachfront offering a variety of attractions as well as activities. One important natural phenomenon in this beach is strong winds, which enable beach sports such as football, beach volleyball and Frisbee. The beach also has infrastructure and facilities that make it user friendly including shower-rooms, changing-rooms, restaurants as well as snack bars and many more. A fee has to be paid to enter the beach and there are performers, acrobatics and musicians who grace the occasion on a regular basis.

Labadi Beach
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Historical facts about Ghana

Ghana Flag

From Gold Coast to Ghana…

The Gold coast was among the four countries ( Slave Coast, Pepper Coast, and Ivory Coast)  that their countries were named after the resources they had. Even if early uses of the term Gold coast refer literally to the Coast and not to their interiorly. but from the 19th century, the term continued to refer to the natural resource.  The Gold Coast is located along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean in the subregion of West Africa. It bordered by Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the North, Togo in the east and Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean in the South.

The Flag of the Gold Coast Region

The Gold coast was from the east of the Ivory Coast and to the west of the Slave Coast.

The main territorial entities fo the Gold Coast were:

  • Portuguese Gold Coast which was owned by the Portugues;
  • Brandenburger Gold Coast and Prussian Gold Coast which was owned by the Germans;
  • Swedish Gold Coast which was owned by the Swedes;
  • Danish Gold Coast which was owned by the Dutch;
  • Dutch Gold Coast owned by the Dutch;
  • And last but not the least the British Gold Coast owned by the English.

The Gold Coast was granted The Republic of Ghana on 6th March 1957 through the conquering of the Brits in the Anglo-Ashanti war. Ghana was the first Black African country to gain its independence.

The flag of Ghana which consists of the Pan-African colours. Red, Yellow and Green in horizontal stripes with a black five-pointed star. The red colour stands for the blood of those who died during the war to gain independence from Great Britain, the Yellow(Gold) represents the mineral wealth of the country and the Green represents the countries rich forest and natural wealth. The black star which the symbol of African emancipation.

The annual Independence Day celebration is invariably marked by a range of festivities across the country. The day is highlighted by street parties and a national parade of schoolchildren and security personnel at the Black Star Square in the capital Accra. Every year, the president delivers a speech of solidarity to Ghanaians.

Ghanaian Army celebrating the Independence Day at the Independence Square

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The history of Kente Cloth, Our precious Heritage

The History of Kente

KENTE is a brilliantly colourful fabric, entirely hand-woven by Ghanaian weavers. The brilliant colours and intricate designs associated with Kente have definitely made this fabric the best known of all Ghanaian, and perhaps even all West African textiles. Every design has a story with a proverbial meaning, giving each cloth its own distinction.

Kente cloth is usually worn for ceremonies, festivals, and other sacred occasions. It is also given as a gift for weddings, child naming ceremonies, graduations, and other special events. The history of Kente weaving extends back more than 400 years. The word “Kente” comes from the word “kenten”, which means basket. The very first Kente weavers used raffia, or palm leaf fibres, and wove them into a cloth that looked like a basket.

A kente weaver at his work weaving Kente
A kente weaver at his work weaving Kente

One story about Kente says that two friends learned to weave by observing a spider weave its web. They wove in imitation of the spider, using raffia fibres to create a strip of fabric. Their leaders were so impressed with this new cloth that it became the royal cloth and was saved for special occasions. There are more than 300 different patterns of Kente cloth. Each pattern has a name and its own meaning. The meanings come from past events, religious beliefs, political ideas, and social customs.

Symbolic Meanings of the Colours

Black: maturation, intensified spiritual energy

Blue: peacefulness, harmony, and love

Green: vegetation, planting, harvesting, growth, spiritual renewal

Gold: royalty, wealth, high status, glory, spiritual purity

Grey: healing and cleansing rituals; associated with ash

Maroon: the colour of mother earth; associated with healing

Pink: Associated with the female essence of life; a mild, gentle aspect of red

Purple: associated with feminine aspects of life; usually worn by women

Red: political and spiritual moods; bloodshed; sacrificial rites and death.

Silver: serenity, purity, joy; associated with the moon

White: purification, sanctification rites, and festive occasions

Yellow: preciousness, royalty, wealth, fertility, beauty

A couple wearing Kente at their traditional Marriage
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Ghana Party in the Park

Ghana Party in the Park

Did you already know about Ghana Party in the Park?

Ghana Party in the park is an event Organized by Akwaaba Group based in the UK. Its main objective is to gather all Ethnic groups in the Uk. Its been running since 2005 marking it’s 13th year this year. And it normally features Ghanaian Artists based in Uk and Ghana as well with live performances, Runway show. It’s the Biggest Outdoor Event in Europe. Artists who participated in the last years include Done E, Bizzy Salifu, Eugy, Mr Eazy, Mr Silva, Afro B, Harm Kay and many more. 

This year we are happy to announce our participation in this Memorable event. At Ebony By Bernice, one of our missions is to introduce Ghanaian culture and Fabrics to the Western market. Above the mentioned we think that it’s a good opportunity to facilitate access to all African Girls who don’t Know our Brand yet. 

Don’t hesitate to visit our Stall at Ghana Party in the park on Saturday 14th July 2018 at Trent Park, Cockfosters Road EN4 0DX. and explore our SS18 CAPSULES.

See you there… on Saturday.