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Adinkra Symbols and their meaning (English and Twi)

Below is a table displaying in alphabetical order some of the old and new Adinkra and other cultural symbols of the Akan. They have been arranged by names in Twi, literal translation in English, significance and proverbial meaning where available.

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128 Ghanaian names and their appellations (Female/Male)

Ghana has beautiful local names. Some of the names have appellations as well. As a matter of fact, some of the appellations have become ‘normal’ names. Below are some of the names and their appellations. Do you have any comments or suggestions regarding the above? Or do you have similar information for other ethnic group(s) in Ghana? Please feel free ...

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Akan names according to order of birth

The Akan ethnic group has certain names which are derived from the order of birth of the children. For example the first/last born child has a special name so do twins and the child born after twins. See below details: Do you have any comments or suggestions regarding the above? Or do you have similar information for other ethnic group(s) in ...

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Akan Day of Birth Names and Appellations (Male/Female)

In Ghana, amongst various ethnic groups, there is an automatic name for a child depending on the day that he/she is born. In addition to the names, the Akan ethnic group also has appellations for the various names. Below are the names (according to day of birth) and the related appellations. Do you have any comments or suggestions regarding the ...

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Naming ceremonies in Ghana

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Genealogy of Asante Kings and Queenmothers

  KEY Asantehene Asantehemaa Other Female Royals During the reign of Nana Konadu Yiadom I the seat of Asantehemaa was removed from Kokofu to Kumasi by Nana Osei Kwadwo in 1768 Adapted and revised by Thomas K. Aning, Archivist, Manhyia Archives from the ‘Pedigree of the Kings and Queenmothers of Asante’ prepared by the late Rev. Fr. J.O.Agyeman – Duah ...

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Ghanaian language teachers unhappy with languages policy

The Association of Teachers of Ghanaian Languages has in a resolution passed at a conference, expressed unhappiness with the current language policy on education. “We acknowledge the inadequacy of the period for the study of Ghanaian languages at the colleges of education level and advice that the period for Ghanaian language study at the colleges of education should be extended ...

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CNN Features Ghanaian Artist For Portraying Top Celebs In African Wear (PHOTOS)

  For New York-based Ghanaian artist Dennis Owusu-Ansah, it took ‘teasing’ to trigger an inspiration that has gone on to capture the attention of not only social media but one of the world’s largest media platforms CNN. In a full feature story, CNN described Dennis Owusu-Ansah as a Ghanaian artist whose pop art images are taking Instagram by storm. The ...

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[PHOTOS] Otumfuo at Cambridge University – A celebration of Africa: past, present and future

On Saturday 24th October, His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene of Ghana, honoured with his presence a celebration of twenty years of Mandela studentships in Magdalene College, Cambridge, and looked forward to the foundation of a professorship of African Archaeology.  The Asantehene and his entourage were received by Dr. Rowan Williams, the Master of the College, and leading ...

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Rich culture displayed at 2015 Hogbetsotso Festival

Last Saturday, the chiefs and people of Anlo in the Volta region celebrated one of the beautiful festivals in Ghana, the ‘Hogbetsotso Festival’. The Hogbetsotso festival (pronounced Hogbechocho) is celebrated by the chiefs and people of Anloga in the Volta region of Ghana. Celebrated on the first Saturday of the month of November every year, the festival is used by ...

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