D-News Network – Nana Kwame named!

I just got the feed from the D-News Network (DNN), and will like to share it with you all…

Nana Kwame Named!

DNN, 27 May 06, Tema: The first son of Vivian and Nana Damoah has been officially named at a brief but fun-filled ceremony at the home of the auntie of the baby, Mrs. Mercy Amoo, AC3 Community Eleven, Tema, Ghana.

The ceremony, which started around 8:30am GMT, was attended by the top brass of both families and friends of the parents of the little boy. The dignitaries included Grandpa Richardson, Grandma Damoah, Grandmas Theresa and Rose (aunties of the father), Uncles Charles, Kwame, Atta Panyin, Atta Kakra, Freddie, James; Aunties Abena, Mercy, Maame Efua, Maame Egyabema, Evelyn, Patricia, Ekua, Ama Adoma, Ekua (Kakra’s wife); cousins Papa Kwesi, Kwesi Amoo, Nana Abena, Jojo and Paa Kow. Friends of Nana Kwame’s parents who were present included Auntie Aba Turkson, Auntie Sue, Sammy Avaala, Steve Larbi, John Ohipeni, Nayra Amegbletor, Emefa Addo, Harry Adu-Agyei, Richard Laryea, Francis Danyi (former Unilever colleagues of the baby’s father); Mrs. Larbi, Charlotte, Becky, Auntie Maggie, Auntie Florence, Auntie Pat (colleagues of the mother of the baby, from Kaneshie Polyclinic); Kwabena and Rosalind Adjei-Seffah, Abena Aryee, Seth Attram-Danso, John and Joana Micah, Dannie Adapoe, Ben and Mercy Nyamikeh, Charles Ofori-Atta, Charles Mankattah, Nii Noi, Mrs. Charlotte Adjei (wife of Victor Adjei), Mrs. Esther Mensah (mother of the parents’ friend Juliet Gyamfi [T-dear]), Mrs. Elizabeth Akrofi and her friend Gloria, Adwoa Pokua, among others.

The ceremony was jointly performed by Mr. Andoh and Rev. Prince Archin.

After the opening prayer and a short time of singing, Mr. Andoh took the baby outside and showed him the world, and the earth. He introduced him to the world, and putting drops of soft drink and water on the baby’s lips, Mr. Andoh explained to the little one that when he tastes a drink, he should say it is a drink, and when he tastes water, he should call it water. When he sees truth, he should call it by its name and not call a lie a truth. Mr. Andoh then went ahead to say the full name of the little boy, as sent by the father: NANA KWAME BASSANYIN DAMOAH.

Once back in the room, Rev. Prince took over. He shared a short exhortation from the word of God. He used the text Matthew 1: 20 – 21:

20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[a] because he will save his people from their sins.” (NIV)

Rev. Prince explained that the name of a child is very important, and is given with a lot of thought. He noted that Jesus actually saves His people from their sins, just as His name suggested. The pastor concluded by saying that by the email sent by the father of the child to give reasons for the names, it is clear that the person being named after (the little boy’s paternal grandfather), the name was illustrious, the grandfather was a good man and worthy of emulation.

Pastor Prince then led the gathering in prayer: thanking God for the safe delivery and health of the mother, for the baby’s growth and upbringing, and for the parents, and both Damoah and Richardson families.

Rev. Prince read the naming ceremony email sent by the father from Nottingham, giving the reasons for the individual names for the baby.
Gifts were then given to the new baby, Nana Bassanyin. Pastor Prince blessed the gifts, and brought the ceremony officially to an end, around 10 am.

A touch of technology introduced into the program was the live transmission of the ceremony via phone to the father of the Nana Bassanyin, who is in school in the UK. Dannie Adapoe and Seth Attram-Danso were the anchormen for the transmission.

Refreshments then followed, with groups of relatives and friends gathering to converse. The proud Dad also had the opportunity to talk to a number of people present by phone.

Story by: Nana Damoah, Roving correspondent

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