And so I did a bit of investigation. As it turns out, February 29, 1988, my birthday, fell on a Monday. This means that I should be nurturing, dependable and organized. (Not too far-fetched, I hope.) It also gives me my my list of possible names. Based on my day of birth, I could either be (a) Kojo, (b) Kwadwo, (c) Jojo, or (d) Cudjoe. Well, fortunately for me, I didn't have to decide for myself. Over the weekend, while I was waiting for my real estate broker to meet me at the local grocery store, a young Ghanaian man approached me and started chatting. At first, I thought he was trying to sell me something, but really he just wanted a new friend. "What day of the week were you born?" he asked. Luckily, I knew. "That makes you Kwadwo," (actually pronounced more like "Kw'djo"). So there we have it. I think I like it. What do you think?
For a more full history and information on naming in Ghana, visit the Wikipedia entry.
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