The in-thing in Ghana now is that new born babies are given strictly local names at birth; making Christian names and English names an old fashion.
It is no doubt that Ghanaians cherish their local names.
For example, in a typical Ga home, one can hear names like Naa Ayorkor, Nii Aryeetey, Naa Deide; Nii Lante; Nii Adjei; Naa Shormeh; Nii Ardey, just to mention a few.
In an Akan setting, names like Agyeiwaa, Acheamongmaa; Sarponmaa; Asabea; Ohenewaa; Adutswumaa; and others are very common.
One thing worthy of notice is that most people do not joke with the title that prefix their names; like Naa, Nana, Maame and Papa.
Naa (meaning queen) and Nii (king), for instance, are royal titles given to a Ga female and male, respectively.
Sometimes too, the name of a person directly shows where he or she comes from.
In no particular order, here are five Ghanaian celebrities with beautiful local names.
Which is your favourite?
1. Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku
The bubbly actress was born on November 24, 1998, in Teshie, Accra where she hails from.
Naa Ashorkor is a known media personality and an accomplished multiple award-winning actress.
She has starred in award-winning movies including ‘Perfect Picture’, ‘Adams Apple’, ‘Poisoned Bait’, and a host of others.
Her name Naa Ashorkor means that she is the second female child of her parents, according to the Ga naming tradition.
She got married to her husband Mr. Ahuma Kabutey Adodoadji in 2014.
The couple welcomed their first child – a boy, in August this year.
She recently joined the Multimedia Group after a stint with EIB Network.
On November 11, Naa Ashorkor premiered a play ‘Bukom’ at the National Theatre
2. Akosua Acheampongmaa Acheampong
This is the beautiful local name owned by Becca, talented and successful Ghanaian female musician.
Becca was born on August 15, 1984 and comes from the Ashanti Region.
She started her music career ten years ago and has some hit songs and collaborations to her credit.
Some of her songs are ‘You Lied To Me’, ‘Odo Carpenter’ with Bisa Kdei, ‘Forever’, ‘Na Wash’ with Nigeria’s Patoranking, ‘Meni Woaa’, and others.
She recently held a concert to mark her 10-year journey in the Ghana Music Industry.
3. Adjetey Anang
Born on July 8, 1974, Adjetey Anang rose to fame with the popular TV series ‘Things We Do For Love’ in which he was known as Pusher.
Since then, he has continued to grow his acting career, appearing in over twenty award-winning movies.
The seasoned actor has starred in ‘A sting in the tail’, ‘Devil in the detail’, ‘Keteke’, ‘Potomanto’ and many others.
In 2013, he won the Best Actor at the second edition of the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards.
Adjetey Anang has been married to Mrs. Elorm Anang since 2008 and they have a male child.
4. Ama Konadu Abebrese
She is a Ghanaian-British actress, producer, director, writer and media personality.
Popularly referred to as Ama K. Abebrese, the internationally acclaimed award winning actress was born on May 13, 1980 in Kumasi, Ashanti Region which is also her home-town.
The UK-based Ghanaian actress has directed, starred and produced award winning movies including ‘Ties That Bind’, ‘Beast of No Nation’, ‘Sinking Sands’, ‘Double Cross’ and others.
Ama K. Abebrese has over won many laurels including the Best Actress in a Leading Role by the African Movie Academy Awards in 2011 for ‘Sinking Sands’.
Also the Noble Women Award in 2014 from the Noble Care Foundation.
5. Nii Amarh Mensah
Charles Nii Amarh Mensah, popularly known as Shatta Wale, needs no introduction.
His local name, Nii Armah indicates that he is the first male son of their parents, again according to naming tradition in Ga.
He was born on October 17, 1984 in Accra, where he comes from; precisely Jamestown.
Shatta Wale is known for his hit songs and collaborations with other Ghanaian heavyweight musicians like Sarkodie.
He was in the news recently for being the first musician to be invited to the seat of government by President Akufo Addo.
Currently, his latest single ‘Forgetti’ featuring Pope Skiiny, Natty Lee, Addi Self, Captan and Joint 77, has hit 1.7 million views on Youtube.
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