Investigate meaning of names before giving to your children-Nana Osei Asibey Poku urges parents

Otumfour Sum-Hene Manhyia Palace, Nana Osei- Asibey Poku,has appealed to parents to carefully investigate names before bestowing on their children.

According to him, names have implications either positive or negative on the bearer therefore the need for proper investigations.

He recently made this observation at the launch of a book entitled “Akan Personal Names”, detailing Akan names, origin and meaning (s) as well as its implications on the individual.
Indicating the relevance of the book, the Author of the book, Professor Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo said Akan names have lost meanings and lost the attention it used to enjoy calling for an immediate reawakening to revive the subject matter.

“Akans and surely people from all ethnic groups have had a good interest in our names, and every person is prepared to share some understanding, no matter how small and uncertain”, he averred.

He further indicated that though forms of names have changed across history and sub-ethnic groupings, all efforts put in place to reinforce its relevance.

He noted that though meaning of names has been the fundamental consideration of most of the discussions in the book but was not structured as an annotation of names and their meanings.

He said the book, ‘Akan Personal Names’ but rather on the principles underlying the ideas, thoughts, belief and values that underlie the sense of Akan names and strategies for turning the concepts into personal names.

To deepen the continuous relevance of Akan names, a monograph, he said would be a starting point for deeper things in the study of Akan names.
To this end, Nana Osei- Asibey Poku made a seed donation towards the establishment of a fund which would seek to encourage researchers to unearth Akan names and their meanings.

The next project Professor Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo, declared would be an Akan Dictionary to help in researching into names, origin of names, towns and any other thing that encompasses the Akan.

Professor Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo called for assistance from all people of to provide support in cash, kind or knowledge in order to bequeath a foundational legacy to the next generations.

He further urged him to help work around building keyboards which would make it possible to type Akan names.

Professor Yaw Sekyi-Baidoo is a Lecturer at the University of Education (UEW) and doubles as Dean for International Programmes at the same University. Kwaku Selasi

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