7 Most Fascinating Traditional African Baby Naming Ceremonies

Mark Babatunde October 13, 2016
Photo Credit: Experience Ghana's rich culture

Photo Credit: Experience Ghana’s rich culture

Akan Naming Ceremony
The Akan people of Ghana name a newborn child on the eighth day after they’re born. The new born child is usually named after relatives (dead or alive), or the circumstances surrounding his or her birth. The Akan traditionally leave the naming ceremony until the eighth day as a way to confirm that the child has come to stay and will not be returning to back to the world of the ancestors. It’s also common for the Akan to name a child after the day of the week that they were born. 

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