In parts of West Africa, each child is given a name to indicate the day on which it is born as well as another more individual one. The day names bear some relation to star signs in that a child born on a particular day of the week is supposed to develope certain characteristics. There is some evidence that the prejudices this causes can affect the child: Wednesday is a 'bad' day to be born, for the child is supposed to be a quick-tempered, aggressive, trouble-maker. Boys named Kwaku appear in Juvenile Courts far more often than would be predicted statistically, whilst those called Kwadwo (Monday's children are quiet and peaceful) generally stay out of trouble.
|Sunday||Kwasi, Kwesi, Kwashie||Akosua, Awushie, Esi|
|Monday||Kwadwo, Kedjo, Kojo||Adwoa, Adojoa, Juba|
|Tuesday||Kwabena, Kobla, Bobo||Abena, Abla|
|Thursday||Kwao, Yaw||Awo, Abba, Yaa|
|Friday||Kofi||Afua, Afia, Efia|
This collection of names was compiled by Kate Monk and is ©1997, Kate Monk.
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