If you have ever been to Ghana most likely you have been asked this question on more than one occasion. And no, the date is not important. When a Ghanaian asks you this question they want to find out what day of the week you were born, so they know what to call you. For every day of the week there is a female and a male name in several of the different local languages.

Me din de Ama, I tell people. My name is Ama. Then they know, I was born on a Saturday. Ever wondered where Kofi Annan got his name from? He was born on a Friday, a Friday born boy is Kofi. Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana, was one of my Saturday born brothers.

With this birthday calendar you can find out what day of the week you were born (if you don’t already know), and some other random facts about your birthday. So when you come and visit us in Ghana you can tell people Me din de… and add your Ghanaian name!

There are different variations to the names depending on the language of the region. Here I will just mention some (without reference to what language they belong to):

Female names
Monday: Adwoa, Adjoa
Tuesday: Abena
Wednesday: Akua, Kuuku, Ekua
Thursday: Yaa, Aba, Awo
Friday: Afi, Afia, Efua
Saturday: Ama, Foowa, Ami
Sunday: Akosua, Esi

Male names
Monday: Kwadwo, Kojo
Tuesday: Kwabena, Ebo, Kobina, Kobby
Wednesday: Kwaku, Kweku
Thursday: Yaw, Ekow
Friday: Kofi, Yoofi
Saturday: Kwame, Ato
Sunday: Kwasi, Akwasi, Kwesi

Kobi Frank was born on a Tuesday.

Kobi Frank was born on a Tuesday.

Makua was born on a Wednesday.

Makua was born on a Wednesday.

Kweku was born on a Wednesday.

Kweku was also born on a Wednesday.

Paa Yaw was born on a Thursday.

Paa Yaw was born on a Thursday.

Yaw Atta was also born on a Thursday.

Yaw Atta was also born on a Thursday.

Ama was born on a Saturday, Yaw Atta is sneaking up over her shoulder. The twins Sandra and Cassandra were named Kakra and Payin when they were brought to the orphanage. These are common names for twins where the first born is named Payin, Panin or Panyin and the second born is called Kakra.

Ama was born on a Saturday, Yaw Atta is sneaking up over her shoulder. The twins Sandra and Cassandra were named Kakra and Payin when they were brought to the orphanage. These are common names for twins where the first born is named Payin, Panin or Panyin and the second born is called Kakra.

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Kofi (Friday born) is doing some martial arts posing for the camera, and Abenateria is just coming home from school. She was born on a Tuesday. I’ve been told that ‘teria’ that follows her Tuesday name Abena means that she was born after twins.